San Jose (Calif.) Bellarmine Prep quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels has been committed to Vanderbilt for almost a year and used The Opening to recruit other Vandy targets.
"There are three dudes on my team that Vandy is recruiting, Monte Nicholson, Nyles Morgan and Travis Rudolph, and that will be cool, so I can interact with them and see where they are with Vandy."
Carta-Samuels said the experience was one he’d not forget.
“It was awesome,” said Carta-Samuels. “I can’t even put in to words the opportunities we’ve been put into. The meetings, and the people we were learning from. I just loved the experience.”
The first player of five from California selected to the Elite 11, including four from the Bay Area, Carta-Samuels embraced the Golden State’s presence in Beaverton.
“We were trying to make a statement as the Cali boys,” said Carta-Samuels. “We’re coming out from the West, where the prime quarterbacks are. We’re all buddies here. We’re not trying to create enemies, we’re all friends.”
Carta-Samuels said that his high school won’t allow early graduation, so he’ll just spend as much time at Vanderbilt as he can in the next year.
“I haven’t decided when I’ll visit officially. I’ve taken so many unofficials there that it seems like I’ve been on an official already. I went down to their camp and I was there for like six days with my brother (quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels) and just hanging out with him, learning the offense a little bit and studying the Elite 11 playbook. It was awesome out there though. I love it. I’m going back for some games so I can soak up the atmosphere and get an experience of what it will be like playing there.”
Carta-Samuels spoke with Vandy head coach James Franklin prior to getting to Beaverton and while he was there.
“Coach Franklin told me to talk to some guys, which is good because I’ve taken that position that I want to build my team,” said Carta-Samuels. “I talked to him about how I did and I’m still just building a great relationship with him.”