B.J. Luke can relate to what Trent Sherfield is going through.
The Danville athletic director and football coach played college football at Georgia in the 1970s.
“One of the assistant coaches at Georgia that recruited me, the day after National Signing Day, he took a job at Vanderbilt,” Luke said. “I didn’t have any clue he was leaving. If I had known that, I probably wouldn’t have gone to Georgia.”
Sherfield is facing the same dilemma.
Unlike his coach, the talented senior defensive back/quarterback can pick a different school, which he intends to look into during the next month.
Sherfield orally committed to Vanderbilt on July 4.
But with news Thursday that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin reportedly will become the next coach at Penn State, Luke confirmed Sherfield is reopening his recruitment.
Luke did not name any schools Sherfield is considering and didn’t have a timetable on when Sherfield might decide.
Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Purdue had extended offers to him before he chose Vanderbilt last summer.
Sherfield still could end up signing with Vanderbilt on National Signing Day on Feb. 5.
“He had some phone calls (Thursday), and we had phone calls (Thursday) with people inquiring,” Luke said. “I just told him, ‘Take notes on who’s calling and who’s interested,’ and go from there.”
Illinois, Indiana, Purdue and Vanderbilt had all looked into Sherfield as a defensive back, likely at free safety or strong safety.
Northern Illinois had entertained the notion of him possibly playing quarterback.
He had 27 tackles last fall for Danville on defense and compiled 2,163 yards of total offense (1,484 passing and 679 rushing) to go along with 33 touchdowns.
Until Franklin arrived, Vanderbilt had not won at least nine games since 1915.
The Commodores are coming off back-to-back nine-win seasons and consecutive bowl wins.
“I think Trent felt real good about him,” Luke said.
Now Sherfield will go through his recruiting options once more.
“I’m sure he would rather have this go as smooth as silk, but it’s part of the deal and something that happens,” Luke said. “He wasn’t happy about it by any means, but he didn’t look like he was beat. You always hear people say you’re not just looking at the staff but the school, too. He’s a smart enough kid that he understands it’s part of the business.”