Vanderbilt coach James Franklin had some advice for DE Jonathan Wynn after he committed to the Commodores on Monday night.
The 6-foot-4, 218-pound defensive end from Stephenson High School said he picked Vanderbilt over South Carolina, Clemson and Wake Forest.
“He said ‘that’s great, we’d love to have you’ … and then he said some funny stuff,” Wynn told the AJC. “He was like, you know, now that you’re committed, you’ve got to keep your word if other schools offer you. He asked me ‘What are you going to say?’ I told him I would tell other schools ‘Thanks but I’m already committed.’
“Coach Franklin then had a nice metaphor [about my commitment]. He said it was like ‘we’re engaged right now with this commitment, and next February we’re going to get married when you sign with us.’ I thought that was pretty funny. He has me laughing.”
South Carolina was the runner-up for Wynn, who has a 3.35 GPA and aspires to be a TV sportscaster or sportswriter. It was an easy choice after observing Vanderbilt’s power point presentation.
“They showed me a chart that had the academics and the graduation rates of Vanderbilt compared to South Carolina and a lot of other SEC schools,” Wynn said. “Vanderbilt was better in those areas. That really gave me a little spark to commit there.”
Franklin, who has been known to do “helicopter recruiting” around Atlanta, is zeroing in on Georgia talent again this year. Three of Vanderbilt’s four commitments for 2013 are from Georgia, including Central Macon LB Nigel Bowden a couple of days ago.
Last month, five Georgia players signed with Vanderbilt, including Stephenson LB Darreon Herring. The Commodores almost netted seven but two players flipped at the last minute — including Tucker LB Josh Dawson to UGA.
Stephenson High School, which led the state with 11 seniors signing FBS scholarships last month, has six juniors with early D1 scholarship offers.
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