Walton’s Woestmann is Van-’D'-bound

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Had he wanted to move to the offensive side of the ball, Walton defensive tackle Kyle Woestmann might be headed to Georgia Tech. Or Georgia. Or Florida.

But the 6-foot-4, 250-pound rising senior always favored defense, and that’s where he’ll play when he suits up as a Vanderbilt Commodore.

Woestmann committed to Vandy over the weekend, after settling the offensive lineman question he wrestled with for months. Offense is where Tech coach Paul Johnson envisioned him playing, and stipulated that he would give him a written scholarship offer if he agreed to play on that side of the ball. Georgia and Florida liked him on that side, too, and early on, Woestmann confessed to the AJC that deciding between the two left him “in a dilemma.”

But as he made his mind up about playing defense, Tech faded. Georgia rethought its position and settled on him playing defense, and that vaulted the Dogs in the hunt along with Boston College, Clemson, Ole Miss and Stanford.

In the end, however, defense and academics won. And Woestmann will get a good dose of both at Vandy.

41 comments Add your comment

H.S. Coach

June 22nd, 2009
4:08 pm

Vandy is a good choice young man.


June 22nd, 2009
4:19 pm

Apparenttly you have missed UGA’s latest committment-Derrick Owens out of the Jax, FL area. Also I don’t recall any info on Demetre Baker from the same area. I guess Vandy & Clemson commits are now the latest rage.

Sanford Drive

June 22nd, 2009
4:37 pm

Vanderbilt’s stadium is worse than Tech’s.

Intramural Team is Aggressive

June 22nd, 2009
5:20 pm

Georgia’s academics are a lot worse than Vanderbilt’s.

I mean really? Is that the best you have? Vandy’s stadium is worse than Tech’s?

Don't Tase Me Bro

June 22nd, 2009
5:26 pm

He won’t feel like he is in a third-world country @ Vandy like he would at Tech.


June 22nd, 2009
5:32 pm

Congratulations to young Mr. Woestmann, his family, and the Walton Raider Football Family. He has made an excellent decision and he will be fortunate enough to spend four or five years playing for the best college coaching staff, and, more importantly, the finest group of gentlemen in the whole united world!

Diamond Dawg

June 22nd, 2009
5:41 pm

I would take Vandy anyday over Tech. Who the hell wants to live in that mess?!!

In The Trenches

June 22nd, 2009
6:03 pm

Some of us like to hear about these “local” kids and the schools they choose and why they chose them, including Vandy and Clemson. I had spoken to Kyle’s father at the GT spring game and am not at all surprised by his decision. Best of luck to you Kyle, smart choice. I am sure you will do very well.


June 22nd, 2009
6:04 pm

Vandy’s a great school,and he’ll get a chance to get on the field earlier than at UGA. Best of luck Kyle!


June 22nd, 2009
6:52 pm


Good point on lack of AJC coverage of Owens committment. He gave verbal last Thursday night. Jax, Athens papers and Rivals reported last Friday. I was waiting to see how long it would be before AJC reported. So far nothing. Maybe your hint will help. My point is don’t rely on AJC for your DAWG updates.


June 22nd, 2009
7:46 pm

Congratulations Kyle, best of luck in your studies and all of your games, except for the annual one against the red & black of course.


Not Disappointed

June 22nd, 2009
8:41 pm

Best of luck young man at Vandy. Ramblin Wreck!


June 22nd, 2009
8:58 pm

Sanford Drive…the best you have is stadium comps? Deep. Best of luck Kyle, great school in Vandy.


June 22nd, 2009
10:42 pm

Owens is only 5′ 11″ he is too short for corner back. At least that is what was said when Ayers pledge to Tech. Sounds like hypocrisy to me. Which is it? Maybe sour grapes. According to the star rating he is only a 3 * prospect where Ayers is 4 *. Poor mutts can’t keep that foot out of the old mouth can you bit*hs.

6:09 or 51 to 7

June 22nd, 2009
10:51 pm

Chad, you poor thing. Go walk across the bridge to the Varisty and get me a chili steak. Try not to get mugged on the way back.

Nothing better than a Dead Yellow Jacket

June 22nd, 2009
10:59 pm

What idiot would want to go to Tech and why? To get mugged, robbed, assaulted, shot, killed?
Nobody ever said there was much common sense on the flats

PTC Jacket

June 23rd, 2009
12:03 am

Yeah, well it’s not much better than going to UGA and having a professor that shoots people.
Seriously, these endless rantings about Tech being in a crime-infected cesspool. There are plenty more “big cities” that have worse crime rates than ATL, and sorry, but Athens doesn’t exactly qualify as a “big city”.
Anyway, good choice on Vandy!


June 23rd, 2009
12:48 am

Great choice it sounds to me. While I am a big Dawg fan it sounds although he has some brains to go along with the brawn. Vandy is known for its strong academics and an excellent school to have a degree. Also, might have a good chance of playing early on defensive side of ball in the best conference in the country. Good Luck to you and stay healthy.


June 23rd, 2009
4:53 am

Welcome to Nashville!! Vandy is a great school and has a very good football coach. Good luck in the

The Joke by Coke

June 23rd, 2009
8:04 am

Best of luck at Vandy…your degree will take you a long way there. As far as AJC recruiting coverage goes…HORRIBLE. Folks, Rivals is cheap, about $7 a month. If you want the info, go there, thats what the AJC does.


June 23rd, 2009
9:42 am

Gotta give Bobby Johnson props over there at Vandy. He doesn’t get all the athletes but he does great work with what he does great. This young man should have a great experience there. I’m not a Vandy fan but I certainly respect what they’re doing over there.

Ali Alah Akbar

June 23rd, 2009
9:56 am

Kyle – May all your family camels be infested with fleas for seven generations to come for choosing not to come to Georgia Tech University. I, for one, shall never ever give you pleasure by serving you a Slurpee and a corndog at my fine 7-11.


June 23rd, 2009
10:07 am

No Georgia Tech? I guess Kyle isn’t too impressed with beating Georgia once in a freaking blue moon and going to mediocre December bowl games. Oh wait, he can do that at Vandy too. The only difference is Vandy doesn’t blow their wad when things like that happen. They act like they’ve been there before. They also don’t make crybaby excuses about how their academics and what not prevent them from competing against Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, etc. They just go out there and do the best they can. That’s what earns you respect. The Techies could learn so much from Vandy if they weren’t so self-absorbed. Its really ashamed.


June 23rd, 2009
10:10 am

Wonder why the AJC will not post about Derrick Owen commit to UGA almost a week ago. :-(


June 23rd, 2009
10:19 am

Come on people. This about a kid going to play for a great academic school that has a class act for a coach. Congrats to Kyle and look forward to watching him play against UGA in the future.


June 23rd, 2009
10:27 am

Vandy is a stupid as Tech, it’s why they can’t beat us. UGA may be laying off teachers, but we’re improving our stadium, weight room and practice facilities. If you want academics go to the Ivy league. Your either a DAWG or a LOOOOSER NERD.

Brent Cunningham

June 23rd, 2009
10:47 am

You dog fans have far more self-esteem / identity invested in the football team than is healthy.

GT fan ...

June 23rd, 2009
11:02 am

I hate to do it, but let me stoop to your level huh? … bragging rights are fun. It’s been a while for us GT fans over GA. But only a few more months until your dogs give you a shot a redemption.

Now, congrats to the young man; he values a great education … and also his disire to play DEFENSE in college. And since Vandy is the only school among his college choices that didn’t want to move him to offensive side of the ball, he chose the Commodores.

Now, stooping back to your level …. “Act like they’ve been there before” — 2008 was Vandy’s first bowl game since 1982. 2008 Also marked Vandy’s first winning record since 1982. And I recall Vandy not “acting like they’d been there before” in 2006 between the hedges. You remember 2006 don’t you huh? Let wikipedia refresh your memory:

“In the 2006 season, Vanderbilt finished with a 4–8 record with sophomore Chris Nickson at quarterback. The 2006 team’s peak performance came with a 24–22 defeat of conference rival #16 ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium, the first time Vanderbilt had ever defeated a ranked opponent on the road.”

I remember some “crybaby” GA fans after that one.


June 23rd, 2009
11:24 am

This Player is smart with GT, Vandy, BC, and Stanford on his list so, I am sorry Tech lost him but he is doing best for his future. good luck young man.

PTC Jacket, are you that dense?

June 23rd, 2009
12:13 pm

I guess PTC is one of the obama sheep that can’t think for himself. Guess you also believe
everything you read. Atlanta does have one of the highest crime rates in the city. Atlanta
does do all that it can to alter and suppress crime statistics as was proven recently when
the APD altered rape stats for the city. Pennington is a corrupt chief that came from a
corrupt New Orleans police department and was hired only because of connections. Each
of the other 4 finalist were all better qualified and less connected.
I know they don’t teach you to think at yeck so talk to a Dawg Fan that knows what really
is going on around that cesspool by North Avenue!


June 23rd, 2009
12:33 pm

If Paul had wanted him, Paul would have gotten him.


June 23rd, 2009
1:22 pm

GT is one of 4 Schools in the nation without the word “University” in their name, BTW.

Stephon Marbury

June 23rd, 2009
1:32 pm

It’s Georgia Tech University dum dum.


June 23rd, 2009
1:46 pm

Dear Huh?,

“Its really ashamed.” That’s hilarious.

I think you meant “It’s really a shame.” But most people write like things sound, and I guess with three green apple flavored Skoal Bandits in your mouth, that’s how things sound. Totally understandable.


June 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

I don’t care a hoot about who commits to Vandy or Tech …. tell us a bout the real football schools like UGA, Florida and LSU and leave off the trivia. I don’t have time for it.


June 23rd, 2009
1:50 pm

Nice comment by 78 Dawg. You gotta admire a guy that’s willing to list his IQ in his screen name..


June 23rd, 2009
2:54 pm

78 Dog; “Vandy is a stupid as Tech”? I think it is “as stupid”, sort of like “78 Dog is AS (not ‘a’) stupid as a football player from UGA”. If you are going to call other people stupid, you should really proof your stuff first, else you will look…um…stupid.

PTC Jacket

June 23rd, 2009
5:29 pm

To whoever responded to my post:

I lived on North Ave for a year, and now I live in Midtown, where there’s pretty much no crime. Someone’s got a grudge against the city. Didn’t get the job you wanted?


June 24th, 2009
9:27 pm

bluecole, believe you are mistaken. There are far more than 4 “university” type schools without the term university, e.g., California Institute of Technology
Colorado School of Mines
Florida Institute of Technology
Georgia Institute of Technology
Globe Institute of Technology
Great Lakes Maritime Academy
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana Institute of Technology
Maine Maritime Academy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Milwaukee School of Engineering
Missouri Tech
Montana Tech
New England Institute of Technology
New Jersey Institute of Technology
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
New York Institute of Technology
Oregon Institute of Technology
Pratt Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Stevens Institute of Technology
The California Maritime Academy
The Citadel
United States Air Force Academy
United States Coast Guard Academy
United States Merchant Marine Academy
United States Military Academy
United States Naval Academy
Virginia Military Institute
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

bull - dykes

June 29th, 2009
12:29 am

78 dawg speaks like he was a letterman at UGA…. He was neither a letterman or student. He’s just another bull dyke uga fan who’s IQ just happens to be 78….

Time to get back to that construction job of your’s….. oh wait… now you’re unemployed and on disability.

YOU are a WORTHLESS bull dyke…

Lions & Lights

July 16th, 2009
11:50 pm

Vanderbilt’s talent level is improving significantly each year, making it increasingly easy for sought-after players like KW to commit. Bobby Johnson gets more talent per ounce out of his players than any other coach in the SEC (country?) and has created a pretty solid pipeline to the NFL, so why not? Outstanding coaching, strong academics, program on the upswing, and chance to play earlier = smart choice.