Wednesday, January 18, 2012

On signing day, prepare to be shocked and amazed by James Franklin's latest Vanderbilt recruiting class

We’re coming down the home stretch. Less than two weeks away from signing day, and a bunch of kids are visiting Vandy this weekend. Mostly verbal commitments, but a few prospects mixed in there.

If you’re one of those tortured souls monitoring recruiting web sites and trying to figure out exactly who’s visiting where when, well, bless your heart. You’ll never figure it out.

But we think these prospects are among those visiting this weekend:

• ATH Chris Moody
• WR Herb Waters
• OT Kevin McCoy
• LB Harding Harper

Really, though, we should prepare to be surprised. This time last year, Coach James Franklin had wrapped up only six recruits and was trying to close the deal on 15 more.

If you remember, he sewed up 10 verbal commitments in the two weeks before signing day and then grabbed five more commitments on signing day, stealing Lafonte Thourogood from Virginia Tech and Barron Dixon from Mississippi State.


Right now, he’s got 20 commitments and despite all the rumors appears to have most of them locked up.

Josh Dawson’s visit this weekend is huge. He’s been verbally committed since June but was visiting Georgia and Todd Grantham last weekend. Yes, the battle continues between Franklin and Grantham.

Meanwhile, big 4-star receiver Andre McDonald has decommitted, recommitted and is now visiting UCLA this weekend instead of us, though he did visit us in September.

Like I said, prepare to be surprised.

And expect some names to pop up out of the blue on signing day. It appears we’re trying to lift Dy’Shawn Mobley, a sleeper running back, from Kentucky, to whom he’s been committed since November.

Oh, and Chaz Elder, who recently committed to South Carolina, has been Tweeting lately about how cool Franklin is. I mean, an SEC head coach who listens to Tupac in his office? What, Steve Spurrier doesn’t do that?

Anyway, it’ll be interesting to say the least.


Anonymous said...

I will be very surprised if our own Coach Franklin does not pull a couple of key recruits from other schools again, on or very close to signing day.

This guy is tireless. Jelks got moved up to a four star on Rivals. We are 25th in the nation now on that network, and I think we will move up a few slots after all the sigs are in. Especially if they did another ranking after all of the other schools have guys who don't qualify, that is really where we make up ground.

Looking at this class and then comparing it to classes just 2 and 3 years ago, it is truly amazing what CJF is doing.

You are right, it is going to be a fun ride:)

even more anonymous said...

I am flat out ready for some full-on shock-and-awe.