• #1 by jbcarol on 17 Jan 2014
  • Since Franklin left Vanderbilt to become Penn State's head coach last Saturday, the Commodores have lost seven commitments and are down to just 12 verbals in their 2014 class. On Jan. 9, Vandy ranked 29th in the ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings. As of Thursday, they are out of the rankings altogether.

    "Losing seven commits, including ESPN 300 quarterback Kyle Carta-Samuels, right before signing day is devastating for Vanderbilt," ESPN recruiting analyst Derek Tyson said. "A lot of times, recruits will take the wait-and-see approach when a coach leaves, but it was obvious how important Franklin was to these recruits. Three former Vandy commits, Brendan Brosnan, Lloyd Tubman and Chance Sorrell, switched their commitments to Penn State almost immediately after Franklin left for Happy Valley."

    Decommitments are natural after a coaching change, but the ones who are leaving to join Franklin have Vandy's fans upset with their former coach. They view it as disrespectful and unethical, considering all the good Franklin did for the Commodores. You'll see the term "scorched earth" thrown around when it comes to the crippling effect Franklin's departure has had on this recruiting class.

    The problem is that a lot of these recruits were and are invested in Franklin more than Vandy.

    David Williams is reported to be the highest paid AD in college sports.
  • #2 by DeltaBoy on 17 Jan 2014
  • IT sucks to be a Vandy Fan and even more NOW!
  • #3 by jbcarol on 22 Jan 2014
  • Michael Carvell ‏@RecruitingAJC 14 hrs
    New Vandy coach Derek Mason checked on Pace (Ga) WR Kameron Uter today. It's down to VU & Wake Forest
  • #4 by jbcarol on 22 Jan 2014
  • Bruce Feldman ‏@BFeldmanCBS  7m
    4 star QB & former #Vandy commit KJ Carta-Samuels MT @KJCS14 I have committed to #Washington. I'm excited to play for Coach Pete.

    Passed on Vandy and Penn State.
  • #5 by DeltaBoy on 23 Jan 2014
  • BOOM on Vandy!
  • #6 by jbcarol on 24 Jan 2014
  • Ryan Callahan ‏@RyanCallahan247 19 hrs
    Four-star Tenn. safety, #Vandy commit Emmanuel Smith (@MAN23SMITH4) has picked up an offer from Mississippi State
  • #7 by jbcarol on 29 Jan 2014
  • The destruction of Vanderbilt’s football recruiting class was supposed to have stopped once its 10 commitments made their official visits last weekend to Nashville.

    Then Tuesday arrived and two more abandoned ship, bringing the total to 10 who have changed their commitments since James Franklin left for Penn State.

    There was a dose of good news when 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive lineman Bailey Granier committed to Vanderbilt on Tuesday for the second time, according to He decommitted after Franklin left.

    Cornerback Kyle Gibson of Seffner, Fla., the top remaining commitment according to recruiting services, flipped to Central Florida. Offensive lineman Jesse Burkett of Jacksonville, Fla., changed his pledge to Stanford — the school from which new Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason came.

    "Anchor down" on a moving ship.
  • #8 by jbcarol on 30 Jan 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  5h
    Former Vandy commit --> @Lions247 Per Tampa (Fla.) Gaither coach Jason Stokes, 2014 DB Amani Oruwariye has committed to #PennState
  • #9 by jbcarol on 30 Jan 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  Jan 29
    Former #Vandy WR commit Kameron Uter, who was among VU visitors last weekend, announced his commitment to Wake Forest
  • #10 by rmcchris on 31 Jan 2014
  • POS Franklin taking most to P St. All is fair in football and recruiting I guess. Good debate is recruits commit to the coach not the school? So said Franklin to our Nashville media.
  • #11 by jbcarol on 31 Jan 2014
  • Heidi Hall ‏@HeidiHallTN  3h
    Great .@jefflockridge analysis on personal reasons why post-Franklin #Vanderbilt lost football recruits.

    Thirteen of the 20 football prospects who were committed to Vanderbilt before the coaching change are no longer on board, and 12 have committed to other schools. From that dozen, eight made their choices after Derek Mason was hired to replace James Franklin.

    The numbers game has Vanderbilt needing to make a lot of headway during this final weekend of official visits to salvage a recruiting class that is currently just nine strong.

    “We want to find about 20 guys, but it’s so late in the game right now, we might have a smaller class,” said South Lafourche (Galliano, La.) offensive lineman Bailey Granier, the only recruit to recommit to Vanderbilt from those who decommitted when Franklin left for Penn State...

    “We want to find about 20 guys, but it’s so late in the game right now, we might have a smaller class,” said South Lafourche (Galliano, La.) offensive lineman Bailey Granier, the only recruit to recommit to Vanderbilt from those who decommitted when Franklin left for Penn State.

  • #12 by jbcarol on 02 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  1h
    #Vandy's 6th (public) commit of day --> @VandySportscom Charles Wright has officially committed to Vanderbilt per his Twitter. OLB/DE

    Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  1h
    Clarksville OL, #Vandy commit Bruno Reagan: "I know of a few more commits that will happen but I don't think they want it public yet."

    tnsports ‏@tnsports  2h
    #Vandy football adds five six commitments today.

    Charles Wright of Irvine, Calif., was the latest to announce his intentions this afternoon when the defensive end/outside linebacker prospect changed his commitment from San Jose State.

    Quarterback Shawn Stankavage of Raleigh, N.C., became the fifth recruit to pledge to the Commodores today when he flipped his commitment from East Carolina at the conclusion of his official visit to Nashville.

    Clarksville lineman and 285-pound state wrestling championBruno Reagan flipped his committed from South Florida this morning.

    Safety Tre Tarpley of Pittsburgh began the morning by tweeting that he was flipping his commitment from Boston College

    Cumming, Ga., long snapper Davis Winkie, who had an offer from Army and interest from Penn State, was next to commit

    Defensive end Hawkins Mann of Burbank, Calif., became the day’s fourth commitment when he flipped from Nevada,
  • #13 by jbcarol on 03 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge ·21m
    ICYMI, #Vandy football cashes in on final recruiting weekend w/six public commits - and more likely to pledge:
  • #14 by jbcarol on 04 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  37s
    Tucson Sabino OT Andrew Mike's coach confirms to me Mike has decommitted from #Vandy & committed to Florida tonight. Committed to VU Monday
  • #15 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2014
  • Chris Smith ‏@ChrisSmithVU247  1h
    #Vandy target Ath Michael Coley has signed this morning with #TexasTech. Coley visited Vandy this past weekend. #RedRaiders
  • #16 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  1h
    #Vandy announces RB Dallas Rivers out of Stephenson HS (Stone Mt., Ga.) as the first signee in coach Derek Mason's first class

    Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  1h
    #Vandy announces St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) QB Wade Freebeck as its second signee of the day

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  59m
    Welcome another QB, Shawn Stankavage of Cardinal Gibbons HS in Raleigh, N.C.  #VUNSD

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  50m
    Welcome our next signee, CB Bryce Lewis from Parkview HS out of Lilburn, Ga.  #VUNSD

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  38m
    Welcome OL Bruno Reagan, an in-state product from nearby Clarksville HS!  #VUNSD

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  38m
    Welcome OL Bruno Reagan, an in-state product from nearby Clarksville HS!  #VUNSD

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  19m
    Welcome OL Bailey Granier out of South Lafourche HS in Galliano, La.  #VUNSD

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  14m
    Welcome WR Caleb Scott, a Vanderbilt legacy, from North Gwinnett HS in Suwanee, Ga.  #VUNSD

    VandyFootball ‏@VandyFootball  4m
    Rolling along, welcome DB Tre Tarpley from Central Catholic HS in Pittsburgh, Pa.  #VUNSD
  • #17 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  2h
    #Vandy wasn't one of the four hats on the table, but Lealao pulled out a VU hat from under the table. Huge pickup for Derek Mason

    Joe Davidson ‏@SacBee_JoeD  2h
    Capital Christian DL Nifae Lealao signs with Vanderbilt. Great talent who can sing and lead

  • #18 by jbcarol on 05 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  2h
    @martyscizlak 22 should complete Vandy's class unless something else happens I don't know about

    tnsports ‏@tnsports  2h
    #Vandy story updated with 22 commitments, including one from former Stanford commitment Nifae Lealao.

    Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  2h
    #Vandy up 35 spots today to No. 46 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings. Had been in the 90s last week. VU up to No. 47 on Rivals

    Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  1h
    Vandy recruiting rankings under Franklin: 2013 - 26 (247Sports); 19 (Rivals); 2012 - 47 (247); 29 (Rivals); 2011 - 56 (247), 71 (Rivals)
  • #19 by jbcarol on 08 Feb 2014
  • tnsports ‏@tnsports  Feb 6
    Coach Derek Mason likes number of #Vandy signees who can play multiple positions.

    He may need that.

    Nearly half of his 22 football signees will wind up getting a good look at multiple positions.

    There are quarterbacks and cornerbacks who could play receiver, potentially interchangeable outside linebackers and defensive ends, and linemen who could land on either side of the ball.

    Ronald Monroe is the poster child for the flexibility Mason will have when freshmen arrive this summer. Monroe, listed as an athlete on Vanderbilt’s signing-day release, was a standout quarterback at Bush, Texas, and was recruited for that position.

    But with Mason able to get quarterbacks Wade Freebeck and Shawn Stankavage to flip from Pittsburgh and East Carolina, respectively, he may be able to utilize Monroe as a receiver or somewhere else.

    “It doesn’t matter where he plays,” Mason said.
  • #20 by jbcarol on 08 Feb 2014
  • Jeff Lockridge ‏@jefflockridge  Feb 5
    Vandy offense coordinator Karl Dorrell: "I'm a Navy kid, so I do know what Anchor Down means."
  • #21 by jbcarol on 09 Feb 2014
  • John Tuscano ‏@JohnnyTusc  Feb 7
    Penn State coach James Franklin grilled by radio host Paul Finebaum on flipping recruits |

    (audio available for click at link)

    The issue of Franklin flipping players that he recruited at Vanderbilt and, in turn, bringing those players to Penn State has been debated at length, but very few people, if any, have debated Franklin directly.

    But national radio host Paul Finebaum, a regular contributor to ESPN college football, pressed Franklin on the issue this week just after National Signing Day. The interview began cordially, but turned a little testy when Finebaum didn't accept Franklin's answers to his questions.

    At one point, Franklin and Finebaum were talking over and past one another until Finebaum cut off the Penn State coach to challenge him on whether or not it's right that he got several of his Vandy recruits to become members of the Nittany Lions.
  • #22 by jbcarol on 09 Feb 2014
  • tnsports ‏@tnsports  1h
    Now that the class is signed, just how much did James Franklin's departure hurt #Vandy recruiting?

    The Commodores took a hit once the ink dried on the national letters of intent. They dropped from a class that was ranked in the top 25 in the nation under Franklin to between Nos. 46 and 50 — and last in the SEC — under Mason.

    All 20 of Vanderbilt’s commitments on Jan. 10 — the day before Franklin was named Penn State’s coach —had offers from other programs that were in the six BCS automatic-qualifier conferences under the 2013 alignment. Eighteen of Vanderbilt’s 22 signees on Wednesday had other BCS-level offers.

    Eleven of the original 20 commitments received offers from SEC teams other than Vanderbilt. Of the 22 signees, five were offered by other SEC teams, and three of those — Bailey Granier, Dallas Rivers and Emmanuel Smith — committed to the former Vanderbilt staff and then re-upped with Mason.

    Mason, who was previously Stanford’s defensive coordinator, landed four signees from California, most notably Sacramento defensive end Nifae Lealao. None of the four was listed with SEC offers, but Lealao and Ladarius Wiley had Pac-12 and Big Ten offers.

    Noted that the biggest losses were in the trenches.
  • #23 by jbcarol on 31 Mar 2014
  • Vanderbilt athletics director David Williams is open to a matchup between the Commodores and James Franklin’s Penn State football team but only under a specific set of circumstances.

    Q:Derek Mason has said he would play Penn State any time, anywhere. James Franklin said he would be open to talking about it. Would you try to make that game happen?

    David Williams: I think that’s it’s something we would work to do, but I’m not going to incur costs to do it. I’m not sure what everybody has in mind. We’re trying to figure out what’s going to happen with the SEC and do we go to nine (conference) games...

    No hard feelings
  • #24 by jbcarol on 11 Apr 2014
  • James Franklin        ✔ @coachjfranklin
    Follow The LION has always been a part of me,waiting for the right time 2 show his face & attack,now it's time! #PSUnrivaled
    11:27 AM - 11 Apr 2014

  • #25 by jbcarol on 12 Apr 2014
  • FWIW, James Franklin's first full recruiting class is currently ranked #1 in our nation by 247.