Vanderbilt running back commit Johnathan Ford was impressed when he watched the Commodores beat Tennessee 41-18 on Saturday night.
“That’s the best game I’ve went to,” Ford told 247Sports. “It was intense from start to finish. That was a big rivalry right there. There were big plays, hard hitting from start to finish. It kept us in it. That was the best atmosphere I’ve ever seen of all the times I’ve seen Vanderbilt University. The fans were wild.”
Vanderbilt’s success under second-year coach James Franklin has been wild to many outside observers. The Commodores have a 7-4 record, 5-3 in the SEC this season. That’s more conference wins than Tennessee has since the start of the 2010 season.
Recruits have noticed. Vanderbilt’s 2013 class is ranked No. 23 in the nation by 247Sports. Ford told the website he believes more top prospects will join him in Nashville.
“I talked to (Arlington, Texas, safety) Trevor Walker,” Ford said. “He’s coming to Vandy. We’re getting him there. I talked to (Seffner, Fla., safety) Leon McQuay. We’re getting these guys with us. I talked to (Nashville, Tenn., cornerback) Jalen Ramsey. I’m fixing to do all I can and be the leader of the group.”
Junior athlete Todd Kelly Jr. was in Nashville Saturday to see Vanderbilt’s win against Tennessee. He noticed the same thing that impressed Ford.
“The coaching staff and players have a strong connection and it feels like they are a family,” Kelly told ESPN RecruitingNation.