Since a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving four Vanderbilt football players began two weeks ago, James Franklin has been unusually quiet on his Twitter account.
Wednesday, for the second time in less than a week, Vanderbilt’s head football coach broke his silence shortly after receiving a commitment from a local product Michael Sawyers.
“Another 1 #AnchorsDown,” Franklin tweeted. “Our family keeps getting stronger! If u #VanderBUILD it they will come, people know who we are & what we represent!”
Sawyers, a rising senior at Ensworth, took to Twitter earlier in the day and announced he planned to sign with the Commodores. The 6-foot-2, 307-pounder was rated as the 26th defensive tackle in the country and 11th best overall player in the state, according to Rivals.com. Last year, he helped Ensworth capture its third straight state championship with 41 tackles and eight sacks.
He is the 11th public commitment for Vanderbilt’s 2014 class — and second since June 29, when, four team members were dismissed and placed on interim suspension. Safety Trent Sherfield, also a three-star prospect, from Danville, Ill., committed last week. Franklin also tweeted shortly after Sherfield’s announcement.
Rivals.com ranks Vanderbilt’s 2014 class as the 28th best in the country. Tennessee currently is ranked No. 1 in Butch Jones’ first year as coach.
“I am officially committed to Vanderbilt University,” Sawyers tweeted on Wednesday. “I’m going to get a world class education, win SEC championships, National Championships, and also be coached by the best D Line coach [Sean Spencer] in the country and head coach. #AnchorDown #615WILDDOGS #DLU.”