On July 1st at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time, three in-state recruits met at D1 Sports Training in Nashville, Tennessee to verbally commit to one of several SEC schools that wanted their football talent.
They all selected the Vanderbilt Commodores and used the venue to signify their commitment to make a change in the SEC football landscape, specifically in Tennessee.
And who can blame them?
New head coach James Franklin is a savvy salesman, using the academic standards of Vanderbilt as a selling point in recruiting, rather than a crutch.
Clay Travis, author of Dixieland Delight and self-admitted Tennessee Volunteers fanatic, raves about Franklin on a radio show he co-hosts in Nashville during the week, the 3 Hour Lunch.
The recent signing of this trio of in-state prospects furthers the claim that Franklin is here to bring about change.
But you know what? I don't buy it.
As much as I enjoy Travis' take on subjects pertaining to sports and pop culture, I think he's being swept up in the honeymoon of Franklin like many other SEC prognosticators.
I'll cite three overwhelming pieces of evidence as to why this is more of a fad than a trend in this article.