Vanderbilt Football: James Franklin Continues Hot Streak with 4-Star CB Commit

Barrett SalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 1, 2012

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin
Vanderbilt head coach James FranklinGrant Halverson/Getty Images

Don't look now, but Vanderbilt is on a tear.

Commodore head coach James Franklin scored perhaps his biggest recruiting win of the offseason on Tuesday, when 4-star cornerback Ryan White flipped from Louisville, according to Barton Simmons of

White is a Louisville native. He ranked as the No. 23 cornerback in the country, according to the recently released 247Composite.

White is the third 4-star player to commit to the Commodores in the class of 2013. Currently, according to, that class is ranked No. 26 in the country.

This is Vanderbilt that we're talking about.

There is still plenty of time for this class to fall apart, but that's not something I would count on. Franklin led the 'Dores to a bowl game in his first season, and was a few breaks away from posting an eight- or nine-win season.

This is the same James Franklin that was considered the fall back after then-Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn passed on the Vandy job before the 2011 season.

It's safe to say that Vandy is happy with how things turned out.

It's unlikely that Vanderbilt can achieve sustained success at the level that traditional SEC East powers Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina have achieved; but there's no doubt that this isn't the "same old Vandy" anymore.

James Franklin deserves a ton of credit for that.