Georgia DE exchanges commitment vows with Vanderbilt

Vandy's coach is off to a surprising start for 2013, with three of four commits from Georgia (AP)

Vandy's coach is off to a surprising start for 2013, with three of four commits from Georgia (AP)

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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75 comments Add your comment

Shawn

March 27th, 2012
10:22 pm

Hope he doesn’t get chop blocked in practice.

BobDawg

March 27th, 2012
10:28 pm

Vandy is a good school… even though I can’t stand Skip Bayless on First Take….

P_The_Ricker

March 27th, 2012
10:40 pm

love the picture of franklin. that guy is a 1st class clown!

FL Jacket

March 27th, 2012
10:41 pm

“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.’ ”

Wow…I am curious as to why MC isn’t blowing this up? I mean…when an SEC coach says this FOR REAL its a passing quote and nobody cares. When 2 kids absolutely screw Tech the weekend before NSD they attack CPJ for threatening to revoke their scholarship offer (which was a BOLD FACED LIE) and defend the kids rights to take visits even when they are committed.

You can’t have it both ways…

FP Dawg

March 27th, 2012
10:42 pm

@FL Jacket, no one cares about Georgia Tech recruiting. Go crawl back into your hole.

That’s a creepy quote by Vandy coach “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.”

Tdawg

March 27th, 2012
10:44 pm

I see a dilemma here. If I were the parent’s of this kid and after hearing that coach. I’d tell my kid no way in hedes is that loon having anything to do with my son, on the other hand. How do you beat an education at Vanderbilt?

I wonder if this coach stop’s recruiting kids that have commited to other school’s?

batcork

March 27th, 2012
10:48 pm

BobDawg, I am a Vandy grad, and Bayless annoys the living hell out of me.

Buster Olney is a much better representative of our alumni.

Go Dores!!

A person SMART enough to know......

March 27th, 2012
10:57 pm

Vandy showing what happens to their grads compared to the other school in the Special Education Conference isn’t fair. Vandy really isn’t like other SEC schools.

Mountain Dawg

March 27th, 2012
10:57 pm

I think Franklin got a Gold Star from the ‘Sandusky Coaching Clinic’.

P. Bull Terrier

March 27th, 2012
11:02 pm

So, what happens if the recruit and James Franklin get “married” on signing day, then Vandy has a good season? Will Franklin still feel just as “married” when a bigger, better school offers him more money to become their head coach, or will he run off and leave his new “wife” the first time someone else looks his way?

Coach Sebastian Moore

March 27th, 2012
11:02 pm

Love James Franklin to death! He’s extremeely bright and enegtic and positive and a damn good coach. I wonder if Nick Saban could win 6 games this past season if he were at Vandy. And i wonder what coach Franklin could have done with 20 first round draft picks the last 4 years.
,,,Bur I have to say, my boy Franklin is a hypocrite. He has signed almost 10 kids since he has been there that were committed elsewhere but he gets real sensative when other schools do him the same way.
He needs to just accept it as part the business of the SEC. Thats why Urban Meyer is in paradise in the powder puff league he’s in now. C’mon coach, get with it!

Coach Sebastian Moore

March 27th, 2012
11:03 pm

jeez lots of typos there. excuse me…

Columbus

March 27th, 2012
11:28 pm

Do not they have any players in Tennessee of Alabama? Good thing we have plenty in GA to go around and this might be the largest crop ever.

You are excused Coach Sebastian….

Franklin is going to “marry” these players then divorce them before the graduate. It works both ways coach….

Personally I wish he would stay at Vandy. Its about time they had some continuity with a good coach.

Rick James

March 27th, 2012
11:39 pm

@A person SMART enough to know……

Vandy showing what happens to their grads compared to the other school in the Special Education Conference isn’t fair. Vandy really isn’t like other SEC schools.
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My guess is that the Special Education Conference will win 10 more national championships before the Athleticly Challenged Conference wins one.And I’m talking football not debate teams..

A person SMART enough to know......

March 27th, 2012
11:46 pm

Rick I bet enough SEC players to fill the O & D will be arrested before Travon Martins killer is found guilty.

BigDog 58

March 28th, 2012
12:11 am

I will tell the young man don’t believe everything they are telling you at Vandy. The coach will do a flip on you and tell you how to live and run your life. He expect for you to be a puppet. Think twice and keep all your options open.

WnE

March 28th, 2012
12:26 am

6-4 218 pounds as a HS Jr., that sounds like the makings of a pretty good Athlete.

DeKalb Co. plays a pretty good brand of HS FB, and being at Stephenson going up against otehr D1-A prospects is good for his development.

I wish GT would close on more Recruits like this. he’s got the Academics for Vandy and CJF thinks he can compete in the SEC, that right there makes him better than the majority of Recruits that CPJ has been bringing in.

GT wasn’t even on his Radar.

James Franklin at Vandy will make CPJ’s job at GT very hard, he also came in and got the QB from Cedar Grove, McCrary, a dual threat type that projects to be a better passer than anything that CPJ has recruited thus far.

Kinda hard for the Coach Fish Fry boot-licking-toadies to keep making excuses for Coach Genius when so many Academic Qualifiers for GT are giving verbals to other Schools.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 28th, 2012
12:37 am

WnE read again you f..ing Moron. TECH doesn’t have what he is interested in studying.
WnE maybe he didn’t see anything else he wanted to study at TECH.

Terry

March 28th, 2012
1:30 am

A person SMART enough to know……, What does Travon Martins have to do with this discussion? Sounds like you’re a racist, innocent until proven guilty idiot.

Crimson Crush

March 28th, 2012
1:40 am

“Vandy showing what happens to their grads compared to the other school in the Special Education Conference isn’t fair. ”

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Are you saying that showing a Vandy grad with his underwear pulled over his head and a giant blue swirly hairdoo from his toilet dunking is negative recruiting ?

The Realist

March 28th, 2012
3:27 am

@ Mountain Dawg…..you dumb effing idiot…….@Terry…..you’re right, topic has nothing to do with Martin, but anyone defending this crap IS the racist so shut up!!!!!! For Wynn, congratulations….Vandy is a great school and most of these negative comments are from those who have never set foot on the campus and have never met Coach Franklin.

FL Jacket

March 28th, 2012
7:44 am

Here comes WnE…

There’s 170-180 Seniors in GA HS football who will sign D-1 scholarships. Tech can only sign 15.

That won’t stop WnE for bashing Tech on not signing EVERY SINGLE ONE of them…

Burdell

March 28th, 2012
7:56 am

WnE cracks me up with her double talk. I thought a 6′4″ 218lbs DE was a tweener and GT has no business signing PSAs with that build.

Which one is it? Thanks for the laugh.

[...] advice to Georgia DE Jonathan Wynn?  Practice safe commitment. “Coach Franklin then had a nice metaphor [about my commitment]. He said it was like ‘we’re [...]

RxDawg

March 28th, 2012
8:23 am

Every time I read a story about James Franklin I have the urge to vomit. He’s not really much of a threat but the guy is annoying as they come. No one talks about Vandy, they talk about what a D-bag their coach is.

RxDawg

March 28th, 2012
8:29 am

“Personally I wish he would stay at Vandy. Its about time they had some continuity with a good coach.”

Something tells me that Franklin isn’t the high character type to stick around like that. I’d bet he’d take the first better offer to come along.

RxDawg

March 28th, 2012
8:31 am

A person SMART enough to know……
March 27th, 2012
11:46 pm

Boy if you don’t fit the sterotypical Tech fan. That joke stunk, put $20 in the D-bag jar and join Franklin.

Shawn

March 28th, 2012
8:39 am

There are too many unknowns in the Martin case to convict Zimmerman right now. There are many new reports coming out that Martin became the aggressor and started a fight. If I were Zimmerman and the kid attacked me I might have shot too. The truth is that we don’t have all the facts in the case so it is not right to judge. Don’t pull the race card either. We had all the facts on OJ and he still did not get convicted. There’s more to the story and it will come out. In the meantime let’s try to keep this blog about football!

Coach Sebastian Moore

March 28th, 2012
8:51 am

I don’t think he will leave RxDawg. I think he wants a challenge and wants to be known as THE GUY somewhere. Thats priceless. No one has ever been able to really win big there and I think he wants to spend his career there. He has coached in the NFL before so I am assuming he has chosen College for his career.
I agree with what he wants to do there.

Perfect example look at Nick Saban. No matter what he does at Bama the next 5-10 years, he will always be second fiddle to Bear Bryant. He is the true father, Saban is the step dad. No matter how close he is, you can’t compare with the real dad.
With Franklin, he can be like Bear Bryant. Now the kicker is….its an uphill battle so get ready.

WnE

March 28th, 2012
8:53 am

re:
WnE cracks me up with her double talk. I thought a 6′4″ 218lbs DE was a tweener and GT has no business signing PSAs with that build.

Which one is it? Thanks for the laugh.
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He’ll probably play OLB for Vandy just like the guy from Tucker was projected to before he flipped to UGA flipped at the last minute this past Feb.

GT’s Tweeners are now in their 3rd & 4th years out of HS and are trying to play 3-4 DE at 265 or so pounds, their names are Dieke, Crenshaw, Cummings, Anthony Williams, and they have almost no shot of being successful playing 3-4 DE vs. “real BCS competition”.

Dook, Wake, MTSU ,maybe they can play well vs. those guys, but vs. the big boys on the schedule they’ll get man handled.

bucket

March 28th, 2012
8:55 am

All I know is if a male coach even talked about engagement or marriage with me he would be kicked to the curb!!!

Tide Pride

March 28th, 2012
9:29 am

Franklin is just plain creepy if you ask me. Vandy tries to flip commitments from other schools all the time. What a joke

Stank Wren

March 28th, 2012
9:33 am

“There’s 170-180 Seniors in GA HS football who will sign D-1 scholarships. Tech can only sign 15″

That’s one place where the Dawgs and Jackets can find common ground. Having to defend ourselves everytime a kid from Georgia signs with a school outside the state. Between UGA and Tech, at most 45 kids in a given year would be able to sign with the 2 schools. 180 GA kids a year are signing D-1 scholarships and we both get bashed everytime “one gets away”.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 28th, 2012
9:33 am

Terry………….just for you to read and tell me what you think.

The Knoxville Horror: Channon Christian, Christopher Newsom, and Vanessa Coleman: Three Names that the MSM Don’t Want You to Know
http://worth-reading-blog.blogspot.com/2010/08/knoxville-horror-channon-christian.html

George Stein

March 28th, 2012
9:41 am

He wants to be a broadcaster, WnE. Keep that in mind next time you spout off about how academics don’t matter.

George Stein

March 28th, 2012
9:56 am

I love how WnE tells us some player projects to be a better passer than “anything” (as though they aren’t people) Johnson has recruited.

Tell us, WnE, how many times you have even seen him play. I’ll set the over/under at .5, and I’ll take the under.

TheTruth

March 28th, 2012
10:10 am

It’s a good thing Franklin “burned all his (recruiting) bridges” in Georgia this past winter. LMFAO.

FL Jacket

March 28th, 2012
10:46 am

George…

Of course, these kids do their homework and think that because Tech doesn’t have a “Broadcasting” degree you can’t be a broadcaster. Until you think of John Salley, Jon Berry, Nomar Garciaparra, Ryan Stewart, Tom Luginbill, Nick Ferguson, etc…

Rick James

March 28th, 2012
10:52 am

@A person SMART enough to know……

Rick I bet enough SEC players to fill the O & D will be arrested before Travon Martins killer is found guilty.
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Oh yeah,you mean like a local tennis coach?

Randall Simmons

March 28th, 2012
11:03 am

HAHAHAHAHA… James Franklin would kick Todd Grantham’s fat butt any day of the week.

Vandy will OWN the sorry pups for years to come.

At least Mark “Saint” Richt is a good man.

#teamtrayvon

UGA fans are a complete joke - the laughingstock of the mighty SEC

March 28th, 2012
11:08 am

No one fears your team anymore.
Anytime you appear on their schedule, it’s marked as an automatic “W”..

Your a complete joke.

Big Albany Dawg

March 28th, 2012
11:18 am

It’s not like he is “picking guys off” from the state of Georgia. Name a recruit from Tennessee that has amounted to anything? Of course he HAS to recruit from Ga and every other state for that matter.

TheTruth

March 28th, 2012
12:27 pm

What is your definition of “amounted to anything”? By mine, there are many.

HighTech

March 28th, 2012
12:36 pm

I wish GT would close on more Recruits like this. he’s got the Academics for Vandy and CJF thinks he can compete in the SEC, that right there makes him better than the majority of Recruits that CPJ has been bringing in.

GT wasn’t even on his Radar.

James Franklin at Vandy will make CPJ’s job at GT very hard, he also came in and got the QB from Cedar Grove, McCrary, a dual threat type that projects to be a better passer than anything that CPJ has recruited thus far.
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If CPJ could sign these recruits, would WnE stalk them on Twitter and try to convince them not to sign?

Flo-Ri-Duh

March 28th, 2012
12:48 pm

Franklin is right when he says a player should honor his commitment – like in the old days. Unfortunately Franklin doesn’t believe what he says because he is out there working hard to get flip already committed somewhere else. Maybe he should QUIT trying to recruit those committed elsewhere? He fits my definition of hypocrite.

George Stein

March 28th, 2012
1:02 pm

You should review your definition of hypocrite, Flo-Ri-Duh.

HighTech

March 28th, 2012
1:14 pm

If they are looking, they are not committed. Simple as that.

Cdpridg

March 28th, 2012
1:39 pm

Franklin…the man sounds desperate and controlling. Not the best leadership qualities

Vampire Bill

March 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

Ok, Imagine Grantham kicking Franklin in the nuts. Then look at the photo of this article again.

Cdpridg

March 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

At the very least it looks like Grantham maybe took a football and drilled him in the nuts