Vanderbilt, James Franklin ready sales pitch to recruits

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, second from right, leads his team onto the field for the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, second from right, leads his team onto the field for the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE - Recruiting weekends don’t get any bigger on West End.

Vanderbilt, which is on the cusp of cementing its highest-rated signing class, will have the bulk of its football commitments and at least five additional targets on campus for official visits starting today.

Right now the Commodores boast a top-15 national class, according to Rivals.com. They are ranked 18th by ESPN.com and 31st by 247sports.com.

James Franklin is looking to protect the 22 commitments he has and find four more recruits to round out the class. National Signing Day is Feb. 6.

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Sir_Spanky writes:

Never thought I'd ever see the day UT would get their tails kicked by Vanderbilt on the field and recruiting trail both. It's enough to justify the immediate dismissal of every single person in the athletics department.

laraccoon writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

Never thought I'd ever see the day UT would get their tails kicked by Vanderbilt on the field and recruiting trail both. It's enough to justify the immediate dismissal of every single person in the athletics department.

I dont know why your so shocked , Vanderbilt is a great school with alot to offer young students/athletes .that being said U T did not get into its current predicament overnight and it will not get fixed overnight .U T is also a great school with alot to offer and they will get out of this hole . Dooley couldnt coach a lick but he recruited decent and i definitely think Jones will turn the corner sooner than later .JMO

NashvillePreds writes:

I have been as guilty as anyone of being pretty negative the past few weeks. Losing bball games to a slightly above average Memphis team, combined with a loss to a below average alabama team does that.

However, I don't believe Tennessee fans need to go around fearing VU. Franklin is turning the program around, and doing some big things there, but let's be realistic.
Tennessee and Vandy are apples and oranges. With orange having the clear advantage.
When taking into account facilities, fan support, community support, state support, tradition, winning potential, and finally, coaching, I believe Tennessee has the decided advantage.
Aside from two 4*s, Butch Jones' 2012 class at Cincy is very similar to VU's current crop. Combining the efforts of our current coaching with what the University of Tennessee itself brings to the table, we are in good hands.

Rise to the Top
Go Vols

voloffaith writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Glad you checked in on recess....Tell me/us again why you ,a chomper fan, are continuously on a VOL site? The others won't let Rudolph play in Reindeer games?

laraccoon writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVLZPM...
i bet you thought i was going somewhere else didnt you , i wont bother you with the latest one . LOL

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Intelligence on display...

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

Never thought I'd ever see the day UT would get their tails kicked by Vanderbilt on the field and recruiting trail both. It's enough to justify the immediate dismissal of every single person in the athletics department.

Vandy is only % points ahead in recruiting (hardly getting their tails kicked IMO)..But, I give Vandy credit for hiring Franklin (even though after this year he'll probably be gone). UT will get revenge at the hill this year..GBO!!

underthehill writes:

Vol fans being in denial as to what Franklin has done and is doing at Vandy does nothing to help UT..results are measured on the field..

usafvol writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Business slow at the bus station today troll?

exlineman writes:

What is it that some of you fans can't grasp, Vanderbilt has the Peabody arrangement set up in 1974. The majority of their players in all sports slip into the school through Peabody and their degree reads degree from Peabody Univ. at Vanderbilt. That shouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand, Franklin is pushing Peabody to these athletes who can't get into some other college. I personally know of several kids there now attending Peabody and not Vanderbilt simply because they can't get into Vanderbilt. Some of these athletes are happy to take a road of less resistance. So when referring to Vanderbilt, it should be Peabody.

CoverOrange writes:

22 + 4 = 26
Didn't the SEC outlaw oversigning last year?

CCLC writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Glad you checked in on recess....Tell me/us again why you ,a chomper fan, are continuously on a VOL site? The others won't let Rudolph play in Reindeer games?

Hey what does vols 117 mean???

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Agree, but it is what it is. There will be some who will always excuse or rationalize mediocrity at UT. I hope we're both wrong about Butch Jones, but man, his recruiting right now is 100% Big East caliber. But I guess that's ok because we basically have a Big East coaching staff now. It's gonna be a long three years. Hopefully UT will fire Hart in the interim and get a real AD, but...I doubt it.

usafvol writes:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

Agree, but it is what it is. There will be some who will always excuse or rationalize mediocrity at UT. I hope we're both wrong about Butch Jones, but man, his recruiting right now is 100% Big East caliber. But I guess that's ok because we basically have a Big East coaching staff now. It's gonna be a long three years. Hopefully UT will fire Hart in the interim and get a real AD, but...I doubt it.

So pitiful that you try to act like two different people when we all know you're the same person with two different logon names. Funny but kinda sad as well..

rtrchatt writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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28 wins 5 yrs. "Bama" Dave does not own all of that success.... Saban could care less who your fb coach or ad is. He OWNS UT until he decides to retire from Alabama. You know it and I know it.... 6 in a row byan average of 24 pts. DOMINATION

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to exlineman:

What is it that some of you fans can't grasp, Vanderbilt has the Peabody arrangement set up in 1974. The majority of their players in all sports slip into the school through Peabody and their degree reads degree from Peabody Univ. at Vanderbilt. That shouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand, Franklin is pushing Peabody to these athletes who can't get into some other college. I personally know of several kids there now attending Peabody and not Vanderbilt simply because they can't get into Vanderbilt. Some of these athletes are happy to take a road of less resistance. So when referring to Vanderbilt, it should be Peabody.

Peabody is not a slouch college where just any fool can get in. It is the second rated teacher's college to Columbia in NY in the nation. And, it certainly doesn't take backseat to some curriculum Vol players can take at UT, so quit bashing Peabody. Many Vol players such as Leonard Little years ago went to class with my cousin and never showed-up once for the class...but passed. So get over yourself.

15_counting writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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I'm asking this as a honest question. Not as a hater. What do you mean by "athletic dept" being the envy of the SEC? I'm not trying to dispute your claim just looking for clarification. As far as football Alabama won 4 SEC championships (61,64,65,66) in addition to 3 National Championships (61,64,65). Tennessee won 2 SEC championships (67,69).

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Peabody is not a slouch college where just any fool can get in. It is the second rated teacher's college to Columbia in NY in the nation. And, it certainly doesn't take backseat to some curriculum Vol players can take at UT, so quit bashing Peabody. Many Vol players such as Leonard Little years ago went to class with my cousin and never showed-up once for the class...but passed. So get over yourself.

We won't go down the list of bammer athletes with low GPA's..You're quite a hypocrite.

exlineman writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Peabody is not a slouch college where just any fool can get in. It is the second rated teacher's college to Columbia in NY in the nation. And, it certainly doesn't take backseat to some curriculum Vol players can take at UT, so quit bashing Peabody. Many Vol players such as Leonard Little years ago went to class with my cousin and never showed-up once for the class...but passed. So get over yourself.

Rolltur-joke, you have no idea as to what you talking about. So your cousin told you about Leonard Little. So did your cousin tell you about Mount Cody and some of the other misfits down at bammy. You are so pathetic and what is odd, was that you along with Brett Roberts many names all came up at the same time telling me that you are also Brett handicap and his many names. It was more convenient to throw all of those aka's in there at once. You can pick crip courses at Peabody alot easier than other schools. Remember shiffe- brains I lived and worked in Nashville for years. There is nothing truthful about anything that you and your other aka's have to say on here. What was so ironic, is that you have been out of town for a few days and none of these names popped up the first time. You get back into town and all of this sputtering, spitting rage starts all over with all of your aliases. You were gone so long that I thought KNS finally got some guts and kicked you off. I know alot more about you than you have any idea of. It is easy to figure out when you are out of town, as the trolls all stop. Get a life Brett, you are sick and full of yourself.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to 15_counting:

I'm asking this as a honest question. Not as a hater. What do you mean by "athletic dept" being the envy of the SEC? I'm not trying to dispute your claim just looking for clarification. As far as football Alabama won 4 SEC championships (61,64,65,66) in addition to 3 National Championships (61,64,65). Tennessee won 2 SEC championships (67,69).

Tennessee has a national championship in 1967. Also, I believe Ray Mears was the bball coach about that time.

As far as the athletic department being run by "Tennessee men", this guy is delusional.
Doug Dickey was not a "Tennessee man", nor was Robert Neyland.
Good thing the poster has no potential to be of significance.

NashvillePreds writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Hahahaha.
Thx keyboard gangsta.
I guess the '67 championship is a marketing ploy Hammy had the NCAA buy into as well.

MikeInTN writes:

in response to exlineman:

What is it that some of you fans can't grasp, Vanderbilt has the Peabody arrangement set up in 1974. The majority of their players in all sports slip into the school through Peabody and their degree reads degree from Peabody Univ. at Vanderbilt. That shouldn't take a rocket scientist to understand, Franklin is pushing Peabody to these athletes who can't get into some other college. I personally know of several kids there now attending Peabody and not Vanderbilt simply because they can't get into Vanderbilt. Some of these athletes are happy to take a road of less resistance. So when referring to Vanderbilt, it should be Peabody.

Peabody is the "college of education" at Vandy. I believe very few of the athletes in football & basketball are pursuing a teaching degree. But if they are...it's one of the nations leading education departments.

exlineman writes:

in response to MikeInTN:

Peabody is the "college of education" at Vandy. I believe very few of the athletes in football & basketball are pursuing a teaching degree. But if they are...it's one of the nations leading education departments.

I don't know of any athletes now or in the past that majored in education at Peabody. I guess that is what is wrong with the educational system across the state, all of these brains in education. Get real man these athletes take courses that are a lot easier than education courses. Name one educator at Peabody currently enrolled, as well as the other team members and just what they are studying. You Vanderbilt fans are desperate, UT gets you fans more than anyone on your schedule.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to 9willbesofine:

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keep trolling, no life gater

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Your Dooley obsession will never end

798orange writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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To claim that any school must have an alumnus as an AD or head coach is ridiculous. Neyland, Saban, Meyer, Osborne, Wooden, Kryzyzewski,...on and on coached at a place other than their alma mater. UT was at the top in the 60's but remember there were very few if any black athletes in the league at that time. To criticize our new football coach a month after he has arrived is also not very bright and Check Hart's record at FSU and see how many titles they won.

Sir_Spanky writes:

There's obviously lots of disagreement on this thread about what's happened in the past, what's going on now, and who's to blame. Sometimes it's best to pull back a little so you can actually see the forest and not just the trees. That said - 2 points: 1.) UT has gone from the best all-around SEC athletics department, as GlenFordsFoible has stated, to its present-day level of incompetence that's possibly the worst in the SEC, as well as UT history. This is a fact and whether you like what I just said or not, it simply is what it is; and 2.) Alabama will always have to find creative ways to keep athletes from flunking out of school because when your parents are either siblings or first cousins it makes it harder to learn.

These are things I felt necessary to point out and I now feel we have all come full circle and back to where we started - which is the first comment posted on this particular thread.

underthehill writes:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

There's obviously lots of disagreement on this thread about what's happened in the past, what's going on now, and who's to blame. Sometimes it's best to pull back a little so you can actually see the forest and not just the trees. That said - 2 points: 1.) UT has gone from the best all-around SEC athletics department, as GlenFordsFoible has stated, to its present-day level of incompetence that's possibly the worst in the SEC, as well as UT history. This is a fact and whether you like what I just said or not, it simply is what it is; and 2.) Alabama will always have to find creative ways to keep athletes from flunking out of school because when your parents are either siblings or first cousins it makes it harder to learn.

These are things I felt necessary to point out and I now feel we have all come full circle and back to where we started - which is the first comment posted on this particular thread.

As for point #1..the evidence suggests to me you are correct..as for #2..that sounds like sour grapes that lots of schools could hurl at each other..plumb mean of you..

underthehill writes:

in response to 798orange:

To claim that any school must have an alumnus as an AD or head coach is ridiculous. Neyland, Saban, Meyer, Osborne, Wooden, Kryzyzewski,...on and on coached at a place other than their alma mater. UT was at the top in the 60's but remember there were very few if any black athletes in the league at that time. To criticize our new football coach a month after he has arrived is also not very bright and Check Hart's record at FSU and see how many titles they won.

Check Hart's record at FSU and see why he was "not rehired" or fired ..which ever term you care to use..check his lack of credibility in the handling of the Pat Summitt situation that led to the lawsuits..check Hart's handling of the Sunseri contract..not very bright of you to try to defend Hart..I agree there is no reason to be critical of Jones..he has his work cut out for him..

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