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James Franklin gettin’ it done in Nashville

Jay Woods, a 4-star defensive tackle from Georgia, committed to Vanderbilt this afternoon over his homestate Bulldogs and your University of Kentucky Wildcats. Vandy, Georgia, Kentucky, Clemson and Georgia Tech were the final five schools in the mix for Woods when he surprisingly chose to become a Commodore.

James Franklin is gettin’ it done.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

32 Comments for James Franklin gettin’ it done in Nashville

  1. chardun
    5:03 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    And we care because…

  2. SECsports
    5:12 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    James Franklin- everything UK fans had hoped Joker Phillips would be. Keep dreamin BBN.

  3. SexnNursinHomes
    5:16 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy’s Asst coaches’ wives reel in another…James Franklin’s plan is working…

  4. LionGeneral
    5:17 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Why the stream of Vanderbilt news?

  5. JayCee
    5:19 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    17th ranked recruiting class for 2013 so far. They already have 20 commits, not a single one of them under a 5.5 3*, and there are only 2 of those. They now have 5 4* players between both ranking services.

    UK has 12 commits so far and only 5 are 3 stars. No 4’s.

    Somebody better start caring.

  6. Duck Fuke
    5:26 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Guess what vandy can sell recruits that UK can’t? Yep they just built a whole mess of new football facilities.

  7. ThatsExactlyRight
    5:26 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder if there is an advanced African American Studies program that has been recently started at Vandy?

  8. Bicycle Seat Sniffer
    5:27 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    It’s remarkable what Vandy is doing in recruiting right now especially based on their high academic standards. Is there a chance that some of these guys are never eligible and admitted to the university based on that?

  9. schwing
    5:31 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink


  10. 44 Stitches
    5:34 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    DAMN IT… Jay Woods is a monster. I saw him play in person last year. I saw we made his final list of schools, and then his second cut down to the schools you listed. I would of placed my money on UGA. Damn I wanted this kid to play for us.

  11. SECsports
    5:47 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, at least we’ll have a 3rd scholarship kicker on the roster next year.

  12. jpgott2
    5:55 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    The reason KSR is talking about James Franklin, is because he is doing what Joker should be doing at UK. Yet, Joker does not have the ability/personality to get these 4-star players to UK!

    UK needs to go after Franklin, and get this program fired up again. If we had him bringing in 4-star recruits, and DEVELOPING them, then the fan-base would be energized, and the place would be packed.

    He took a bunch of 2 star players last season, and had them COMPETITIVE all season. Think about what he is going to do when he gets a bunch of 4-Stars in that system.

  13. I agree with
    5:59 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Number 5 said!
    I totally agree.. Someone better start caring.. This is ridiculous. At one point a few years ago we were on or above the same playing field with Vandy and getting just as good if not better recruits.

  14. James Franklin
    6:09 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Not to worry sports fans, I will be leaving Vandy shortly, one way or the other.

  15. Tedro
    6:10 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I applaud James Franklin’s football recruiting success, but something is very fishy about this. 4-star recruits just don’t sign at Vanderbilt with their long-time doormat football history and high academic standards – come on now, Vandy is Vandy. If people can be suspicious about Cal’s success in basketball recruiting at Eight-NCAA-Champion, tradition-rich and totally awesome Kentucky, why can’t we be suspicious about 4-Star football recruits signing with Vanderbilt? Let’s assume that he’s either cheating or bending the rules but not cheating!

  16. chardun
    6:16 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Vanderbilt was was 6-7 2-6 in the SEC last year, so unless Vandy wins 8 or 9 games I will not be impressed or care who Vandy gets to commit.

  17. Calf
    6:34 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll care when he actually signs. Didn’t Vandy have a great committed class last year only to have most of them flip to other schools right before signing day. Nothing matters until signing day in February.

  18. jason
    6:36 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    UK got two 4 star QB’s 3 years ago! JOKER getting it done!!!!!!!!!!!

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    6:49 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

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  20. JayCee
    7:00 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    16- that same exact Vandy team won exactly 2 games the year before Franklin was hired, but, whatever.

  21. Some Guy in Kentucky
    7:51 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    If Franklin wins games at Vandy, he will leave for a bigger school, leaving these recruits at Vandy. Unless he goes this year, which time he will take Vandy’s good recruits with him to another school.

  22. Gridiron_cat
    8:20 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    @14 James Franklin I hope so. Vandy has been our ONLY “for sure” possible win looking at the preseason schedule every year for years. It would suck if they (like the rest of the SEC) become awesome. Seriously, this is the most talent I think we’ve had on a UK team in my life (I’m 30) and we are hoping to break even this season because the SEC is an NFL farm league. Oh well, On On U of K…

  23. big tim
    8:55 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    ksr posted something about vandy but hasnt put this cool max smith helment cam on yet i guess this turned into vsr

  24. JayCee
    9:04 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    14 and 16- Franklin has close to a $20mm buyout in his contract.

    Whoever comes after him better bring the bank.

  25. putinrichie
    9:22 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    12 – For starters, we have ZERO CHANCE of getting Franklin. When you succeed at the worst school in the SEC, you don’t move up to the second worst school in the SEC. Its not really a step up and frankly the UK job is a tougher job. If he gets Vandy to a bowl, the fans are happy and want to throw him a parade. UK fans are not satisfied with that even though we are basically on the same tier with Vandy as a program. UK fans want bigger and better bowls and think going to a bowl with 6-7 wins is just smoke and mirrors.

    Also, Vandy has more to sell. Nashville is a BETTER CITY than Lexington in the eyes of most college recruits. Also, their academics are a plus. Believe it or not, every talented athlete doesn’t have bad grades and even worse test scores. Maybe 190 of the top 250 recruits don’t make good grades, but that means 60 of them do. Vandy has a lot to sell and BBN is a negative aspect when it comes to hiring a football coach.

  26. njcat54
    9:36 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Hey rocket scientists… this was posted because it is a direct reflection on the job Joker is doing and is a warning that our only likely SEC win is no longer a likely win. KSR could care less about Vandy, just like they could care less about Charlie Strong when they post his 4 star committments. Its good to be reminded just how crappy your coach is.

    This also shows that recruiting has more to do w/ facilities and the head coach than it does how many 4 and 5 star players come from your home state. Got that Matt Jones!

    Joker – a very nice losing head coach. Leopards don’t change their spots.

  27. VUDoc&^
    9:39 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    Frankin will stay at Vanderbilt…He’s a buildr, not a renter. This is the best program since Steve Sloan in the middle 70’s. It took 40 years for the administration to drive it into the ground. Franklin is building it back up.

  28. Centex
    11:41 pm August 16, 2012 Permalink

    #8 Jay Woods has a 4.0 GPA and #15 look at Stanford’s program – that’s where Vandy wants to be.
    #17 Yes, a few flipped away and a few flipped for us. But if you look at our commits this year versus last year, we are blowing it away.
    #14 and #21 Our new AD and Univ. President have gone all in for facility upgrades and support of the athletic program. Plus what JayCee said about his buy-out. Our pointy heads mean we cover our bases.
    Also, look at our baseball team, basketball team and now football team. Our whole athletic program is rising. All three made it to post-season (and we beat y’all for the SEC Championship – of course you won the big prize – congratulations). I’m not sure another SEC school has accomplished that recently.
    Finally, we are sorry for crowing a bit, and beg your pardon, but it has been a really, really long dry spell.

  29. putinrichie
    6:31 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    26 – I don’t think you quite understand why this was posted:

    a.) Why would anyone think Vandy is a likely SEC win after we got blown out last year? We did lose by more than 30 if you don’t remember. This article has absolutely NOTHING TO DO with that though. Also, a recruit who won’t be here until 2013 does NOT serve as a reminder for why Vandy will beat us in 2012. Haha. Where is the logic in that?

    b.) Everyone knows Joker isn’t doing well. It doesn’t take a post about Vandy recruiting to prove anything about Joker. Even people who aren’t ready to fire Joker know that he isn’t doing well, so this post doesn’t prove anything to them either.

    c.) Recruiting has much more to do about your recruiting base and specifically your in state recruiting. Why are the same schools near the top of the recruiting rankings every single year? Florida, LSU, and Georgia do 90% of their recruiting in state and churn out Top 10 class after Top 10 class. If we even had 50% of our recruiting each year taking in state guys than we would be 2-10 or worse every season losing to mid-majors every year. This is why it is much harder for UK. Also, UL and Vandy have a lot more to sell than UK does. They have better facilities and better selling points.

    Vandy – Jay Woods, who this article was about, is a 4.0 student. Obviously Vandy has lot more to sell here and its a lot closer to home than Kentucky is for Woods. When we are going up against Vandy for an elite recruit, we have a much better chance if the guy isn’t that smart. Vandy is doing the right thing by going after smart kids who happen to be great football players to.

    UL – Unfortunately, UL has a lot more to sell. Playing in their current conference, UL can sell going to a BCS school and have recruits believe them. In a given season, UL may play one Top 25 team. Its much easier to sell a guy on going 10-2 when you play that schedule. At Kentucky, most recruits know that even if we get a Top 25 class it won’t be good enough.

    – To my next point, UL and Vandy are recruiting well, but would still be in the bottom of the SEC in recruiting rankings. When we do get good recruits, I see fans say well we are still 13th or 14th in the SEC in recruiting. Fair enough. However, UL and Vandy’s recruiting is just good enough to be 10th-11th. While that is better than where we are now, what bowl does being the 10th-11th best team in the SEC get you??? UK would have to churn out Top 10-15 classes to get into the Top half of the league and thats just not going to happen here. Our history, geography, facilities, administration, and many other factors will prevent that from happening.

  30. njcat
    11:28 am August 17, 2012 Permalink

    29. r u kidding??

    Vandy has ALWAYS been our only “sure” win in the SEC. My point is, they no longer are. Not talking about last year or this year, just the general direction of the programs. I know very well what the score was in last year’s game. Its just further evidence of my point that we now have NO team in the SEC that we can regularly expect to beat.

    Don’t care where UL and Vandy recruiting would rank in the SEC. The point is they are now kicking our ass like they never have before. Vandy is not relying on instate recruiting, and neither should we. In fact, its pretty clear that the top talent in KY is not interested in playing or Joker.

    Final point – if Mitch gets his sh… together (gets a decent coach and improves the facilities to at least the AVERAGE of the SEC) you will be amazed at how much all your excuses are no longer relevant.

  31. putinrichie
    1:10 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    30 – You are quite optimistic about the future of UK football. My only question is why? Seeing us fail time and time again prevents me from being a sunshine pumper.

    As far as in state recruiting goes, its a MUCH bigger advantage than you think and Vandy is a bad example. Just because they are outrecruiting us doesnt mean they are a factor nationally.

  32. DecentCoach
    1:37 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hey, #30, njcat: No thanks. I don’t care what Mitch does, I am not coming to UK to be the head football coach. Why would I when I can go to 2 dozen or more schools that are better opportunities?

    People need to realize that it isn’t a lack of desire, willingness, or money that keeps a “big name” coach from coming to UK.