DT Jay Woods picks Vanderbilt over UGA and Kentucky

How often does Vanderbilt beat UGA for a Georgia kid? Not often (AP photo)

How often does Vanderbilt beat UGA for a Georgia kid? Not often (AP photo)

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Vanderbilt scored one of its biggest recruiting victories in the state of Georgia when defensive tackle Jay Woods committed to Vanderbilt on Thursday.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder from Jackson High School picked Vanderbilt over UGA and Kentucky. He’s ranked as a 4-star by Scout.com and 3-star by 247sports.

“I think it’s a little surprising, for sure,” said Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.

“How many times does that happen where Vanderbilt comes into Georgia and gets a kid that UGA truly targeted? That’s a very big get for [Vanderbilt coach] James Franklin and his staff. You know, Jay grew up as a Bulldogs fan, a lot of his coaching staff at Jackson likes Georgia. They don’t push their kids to Georgia obviously, but they like Georgia. Jay is from town that likes Georgia in Jackson.

“I think it’s a very big get for Vanderbilt, one of the biggest for the Vanderbilt staff in the two years that they’ve been there.”

What type of player is Vanderbilt getting in Woods?

“Jay is a very explosive defensive lineman – very quick off the ball and reacts quickly. He plays with a pretty good pad level. He’s a very strong kid. He’s a good overall kid. He fits what you want from a football and character standpoint.”

“He’s 6-3, 280 and still growing. He’s going to add some more weight. He works hard. He’s a 4.0 student. He doesn’t get into trouble. He plays until the whistle blows. I think he’s an A+ recruit for Vanderbilt.”

UGA still has plenty of targets along the defensive line, including Mill Creek’s Kelsey Griffin, Dooly County’s Montravius Adams and JC star Toby Johnson.

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243 comments Add your comment

82Dawg

August 16th, 2012
5:48 pm

Good luck to him.

BullDawg

August 16th, 2012
5:49 pm

Good luck to this man at Vaderbilt, he will need it. Franklin is a Clown and a ticking timebomb!

GTBob

August 16th, 2012
5:55 pm

He works hard. He’s a 4.0 student. He doesn’t get into trouble. He plays until the whistle blows.

If this is the type of player and person he is then he made a good decision to go to Vandy. He will fit in well there.

Spike 80DF

August 16th, 2012
5:58 pm

great education, bad football team. good luck jay.

Son of Sammy Davis Jr, Jr

August 16th, 2012
5:59 pm

Good choice young man. Nashville Tn makes Athens Ga look like….Athens Ga. Can we now say that UGA have a problem keeping top talent in state?

GT Bob loves the UGA blog

August 16th, 2012
5:59 pm

Bobbie, you love agitating the Ga. boys don’t you… some life

Destin Dawg

August 16th, 2012
6:00 pm

Good luck with your education… I don’t like Franklin for sure..

gt4ever

August 16th, 2012
6:01 pm

Nobody is even putting a helmet on this kid….

trueUGAfan

August 16th, 2012
6:01 pm

Kudos to him…GO DAWGS

DAWG COLONEL

August 16th, 2012
6:03 pm

I wish him well. Glad to see Vandy becoming more competitive. Not sure about Franklin yet, but a good program at Vandy is long over due.

Still lots of fish in the sea for UGA.

Tony

August 16th, 2012
6:03 pm

Good fit for Vandy. Franklin is not a clown. Good pick-up and I couldn’t think of another school I would rather him attend than Vandy. UGA is fine!!!

WnE

August 16th, 2012
6:06 pm

UGA will recover just fine somehow, but GT will not.

Franklin has been kicking CPJ’s @$$ recruiting-wise since he got to Vandy.

Woods at DL a position of great need for GT, McCreary at QB, another position of need for GT, and the LB out Macon flipped back to Vandy.

CPJ was already a weak Recruiter, and as long as this guy stays at Vandy CPJ’s recruiting will only get worse.

Once again my fellow GT fans/alums, yet another Elite Recruit from the State of Ga. that CPJ could not close on that had the Academics for GT.

It is time that GT fans especially those that serve as apologists for CPJ stop playing the “academics card” and demand that CPJ learns how to recruit better or hires an ace Recruiter like the SEC schools do.

Tuitt lost to ND 2 years ago.

Tomlinson to Bama last yr.

Jordan Watkins to Stanford last yr.

Jay Woods to Vandy next yr.

The Academically qualified Recruits that we lose are worth 4 extra wins per yr., if CPJ would close better on the Academic qualifiers we’d play for ACC-titles and go to BCS bowls every yr.

Simply, hire a better Recruiter and GT is a consistent 10-win team that will then be able to upgrade its OOC schedule and still avg. 10 wins per yr.

Destin Dawg

August 16th, 2012
6:06 pm

GT Bob = no life… needs to worry about GT ??

sowhat

August 16th, 2012
6:07 pm

Any kid that chooses vanderbilt over uga isn’t in it for football. Welcome to the doormat. Lol!

abominable snowman dawg

August 16th, 2012
6:13 pm

Congrats Mr. Woods! Coach Franklin is building something special at Vandy. In Nashville, you’ll earn a degree and have a bright future. Can’t say the same about Athens.

Paul in St Augustine

August 16th, 2012
6:14 pm

I’m a huge dawg fan but I think it’s terrific that Vandy is making a recruiting impact with higher caliber players. Franklin obviously pissed off most UGA fans and coaches last year, but you gotta love his fire and the guy isn’t quitting just because their “Vandy”. He’s a good salesman and it’s starting to work and he has put together a very interesting coaching staff, enough so to get on Sports Center. I don’t think he’s a gimmick coach, he a rising star and people better not take them lightly or they will have egg on their face. Dawgs still have p,entry to choose from! Best of luck to you Jay Woods, have a terrific career!

Paul in St Augustine

August 16th, 2012
6:15 pm

LakeDawg

August 16th, 2012
6:17 pm

Congrats to Vandy. I can’t begrudge them. While Franklin was wrong last year in his spat with UGA, I still like him. He’s doing a heckuva job.

BTW I look for the Dawgs to flip him on signing day, just like Dawson last year.

Go Blue

August 16th, 2012
6:18 pm

Good pick up for Vandy. Not too sure about Franklin yet, but the guy can recruit.

crimson 1

August 16th, 2012
6:19 pm

Not surprised by this. James Franklin is a slick recruiter. Coach Jawja is not that good of a recruiter. His players are either Georgia fans or pressured to go to in state Georgia. However Vandy will be Vandy. More time in the class room, less time on the field.

DublDawg

August 16th, 2012
6:28 pm

Franklin is a slimy, swarthy, bald, yuckmouth yankee that will never fit in or belong in the SEC. He’ll be packing after a few seasons at Vandy just like everyone else over the last number of decades. I can’t imagine why any southerner would want to play for him.

I like Vandy as a school, but it has no commitment to football. If a player wants to excel in football, he’d be better off at a number of SEC schools. He be far better off at Alabammer for football, but not academics, obviously.

Until Georgia gets at least a new offensive coordinator, it will underperform.

GAbrown

August 16th, 2012
6:30 pm

I’ve seen the kid play… he’s gonna be a stud. Not sure about all some of the comments wishing him well in the doormat of the SEC… Vandy will be tough and get tougher. The doormat of the SEC is KY and Ole Piss… Vandy may be out for a while.

Wish him well… probably a good spot for him at a program where he will probably have a big impact.

McDawg

August 16th, 2012
6:31 pm

great for Vandy and in the long run good for the SEC

JFKDawg

August 16th, 2012
6:32 pm

Enjoy the cellar of the SEC.

FLFan

August 16th, 2012
6:34 pm

This kid is 280 lbs and runs a 5.6 40 come on he can’t be that good. To small and to slow.

dawgster

August 16th, 2012
6:34 pm

@crimson1…one of the most absurd comments ever..but what would one expect from a classless idiot…sorry, but that’s how you sound…

ATinSAV

August 16th, 2012
6:40 pm

I agree GAbrown, Vandy is well on its way out of the cellar. I would not be surprised to see them nationally ranked atleast part of the season during the next couple of years. I think this will affect Tech’s recruiting more so than UGA’s over the long haul though. Hopefully, Richt and staff are paying attention and have their team ready to play when Vandy comes to town this year.

ignition

August 16th, 2012
6:42 pm

@ DulblDawg who still uses the term Yankee in 2012??
Black people don’t give a damn about all of that, they go to the school that they are either a fan of or is the best perceived situation for them..

Sergeant Joe Friday, LAPD

August 16th, 2012
6:44 pm

VANDY = student/athletes UGA = criminals/thugs

But win at all costs…nothing else matters.

Mr.Phoenix

August 16th, 2012
6:48 pm

Once again WnE you over whelm me with your vast knowledge of the game of football.
But on this story it was UGA that lost this recruit, not GT. I don’t think they even had him on their list, I could be wrong, you know more about it than I do. I would like to know how Tomlinson, Tuitt and Watkins are working out at their schools, I really haven’t heard.
As far as UGA, they’ve got lots of fish left in the barrel.

bucket

August 16th, 2012
6:48 pm

Congratulations to Jay Woods for receiving an offer from Vandy and making his verbal commit today. As I wrote earlier, this young man seems to fit the description of a true student/athlete and he should be commended for that. The facts are that UGA is going to miss out on a few guys because even through they have the opportunity to bring in 33 or 34 players this year,there are already 26 commits and if they hit on the rest of their targets then they are full. Time will tell as more pieces fall into place and we will see if all the verbals are solid for UGA and other schools.

bucket

August 16th, 2012
6:49 pm

though not through!

tell the truth

August 16th, 2012
6:56 pm

Glad he picked Vandy,UGA GOT BIGGER FISH TO FRY.

QB/DB

August 16th, 2012
6:59 pm

This is sad for GT and CPJ!!! Franklin is kicking GT’s buttt on good academic types in Georgia! This kind of kid used to consider GT and would go to GT. This hurts the Jackets more then UGA. But Coach McCollum GT Rec. Coor. CPJ and CAG will continue to make excuses. CPJ will put on blinders he is a GREAT COACH but he needs to rehaul GT rercruiting quick fast and a hurry and hire some Recruiters

Charlie Hayes

August 16th, 2012
6:59 pm

Congrats to Jay Woods! I hope Franklin is there to see you through your football career.

It is time to pick up Griffin and Johnson now. Then get Tunsel, Crowder, North and Kamara! Those six will put the icing on this recruiting class! Go Dawgs!

crimson 1

August 16th, 2012
7:01 pm

@dawgster. Plese forgive me if I somehow hurt your soft skin. Your coach is not very good. He relies to much on his coordinaters to recruit. He does’nt command the respect that a Nick Saban has. You not gone win a championship anytime soon. When you point the finger at me and call me classless, look at the three fingers pointing back at you. Good day sir.

abominable snowman dawg

August 16th, 2012
7:03 pm

Those six will put the icing on this recruiting class! Go Dawgs!
____________________

Richt signs classes like that EVERY year and does the same thing with them EVERY year…NOTHING…

Larry B.

August 16th, 2012
7:05 pm

Coach Franklin is gone after this year. Mark it down. He’s too good of a coach to stick with Vanderbilt. Somebody will offer him a better job and he’ll take it. Guaranteed. Wish this kid luck though.

cmon man

August 16th, 2012
7:08 pm

Everybody loves to bash cmr once a kid leaves the state but d@$n when is tech going to do their part in keeping kids at home? you can’t use the academics card forever

bart

August 16th, 2012
7:09 pm

This just means that the recruiting services will change his ranking to 5 star now that he’s not a Ga commit.

DAWG

August 16th, 2012
7:11 pm

GTBob go pull your yellow panties over your head. You are going to get another beat down come november. Geek we own this state,and do not forget it trailer trash!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dore

August 16th, 2012
7:14 pm

Blow the Foghorn! Welcome aboard, JAY WOODS! I typed Jay’s name in all caps because I want all you Dawgs to remember I said this, “Jay Woods is going to whip Georgia’s big buttocks in a couple of years.”

Anchor Down, All Y’all!!!

tenn.DAWG

August 16th, 2012
7:16 pm

Don’t car for Franklin,but he’s making a lot of noise.Starting to see a lot of Vandy fans here in utk country.Of course they are on the rise and utk has joined uk in the cellar.

sad

August 16th, 2012
7:21 pm

sad

August 16th, 2012
7:25 pm

Dore YOU ARE AN IDIOT AND NEVER PLAYED FOOTBALL,BECAUSE YOU WOULD KNOW ONE MAN COULD NOT DECIDE A GAME YOU IDIOT

Glory between the Hedges

August 16th, 2012
7:28 pm

Good for the kid! I hope that he is truly happy with what he is getting at Vandy and is not just rebelling against those around him. Better losing a good kid to Vandy then to a place like Bama, Auburn or Florida. I hope he has a solid career and gets to play in a bowl game or two. He seems to be a good kid with his head on his shoulders.

7576DAWG

August 16th, 2012
7:28 pm

Defensive tackle which is Garners specialty. Keep Garner as a coach but I think it is time we got another Recruiting Coordinator.
If Woods was going with Vanderbilt it makes no sense for him to commit this early. His offer will be at Vanderbilt until signing day but now Georgia will just scratch him offer their targets. If Georgia wins 10 to 14 games this year and Vanderbilt only wins 6 or 7 he is stuck with this decision. As a long time Dawg fan I’m just surprised that he didn’t wait to see how both schools season went if Vanderbilt was going to be his choice. Now if Georgia would have been his choice he would need to secure one of the last spots before someone else beat him to the position need. It just doesn’t add up as a very intelligent move . The Vanderbilt offer wasn’t going anywhere.

crimson 1

August 16th, 2012
7:30 pm

When a top recruit chooses Vandy over Georgia. What does that say about Georgia. Are the dawgs on the downturn. So many arrest. So many suspensions. So many dismissals. What really happening?

crimson 1

August 16th, 2012
7:30 pm

When a top recruit chooses Vandy over Georgia. What does that say about Georgia. Are the dawgs on the downturn. So many arrest. So many suspensions. So many dismissals. What really happening?

Seriously?

August 16th, 2012
7:31 pm

Congrats on your scholarship to a great academic institution Jay, the only down sides I see are 1 – You don’t get to play for your lifelong favorite team, and 2- you have to play for Franklin, I cannot imagine playing for that arrogant arse.