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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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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