GVX Audio: Woody Wommack on recruiting
When Michael Carvell, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's recruiting reporter, tweeted on Monday that Tennessee had become known for "negative recruiting" under coach Butch Jones, it caused a stir online.
"Coaches/recruits tell me that no college is as good with 'negative recruiting' as Tennessee," Carvell wrote.
Carvell then added, "For the record, I'm 100 percent with (former Vanderbilt coach) James Franklin who said, 'It's not negative recruiting if you're pointing out facts.' All colleges do it."
Woody Wommack, the Southeast recruiting analyst for Rivals.com, told the News Sentinel Sports Page on Tuesday that he has heard similar rumblings about Tennessee, but takes the criticism with a grain of salt.
"I guess it depends on who you listen to," Wommack said. "I know there are a few Tennessee coaches who have that reputation. I know that Clemson coaches were very unhappy when everything was going down with (receiver prospect) Josh Malone in December. But negative recruiting basically is pointing out, in the Clemson example, 'Hey, (offensive coordinator) Chad Morris might not be there next year. Do you want to go to a school where you don't know who you're going to be playing for?'"
Wommack agreed with Carvell that so-called negative recruiting is present throughout college football.
"People negative recruit against Tennessee, saying, 'Look, they haven't been good in five or six years. Do you ever want to win?'" Wommack said. "That was the Vanderbilt pitch: 'We're better than Tennessee and we're going to continue to be better than Tennessee.' Obviously, they're now gone. But that's an example. Everybody does it.
"Every coach is trying to get their message out, and I don't think it's a surprise that they're mad because Tennessee's doing well. They've been able to land a lot of guys and steal a lot of players. That's why you hear other coaches targeting them and using us in the media as a talking point."
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