Andrew Jelks talks decision

Vanderbilt secured a commitment from one of the top players in the state of Tennessee in Andrew Jelks. The 6-foot-7, 268-pound offensive tackle plays for Henry County High School in Paris. He talked the reasons for choosing Vanderbilt over the likes of Stanford, Alabama, Tennessee and a host of others...

"What Coach Franklin has done in his first year has really impressed me," said Andrew Jelks. "When you look at the games with Arkansas, Georgia, and Florida, they didn't get the 'W', but they were so close to getting it done.

"He's doing with players who are used to winning one or two games a year. Just wait until he puts together a couple of good recruiting classes."

Jelks becomes the 19th player to commit to Vanderbilt in the Class of 2012 and the 5th offensive lineman. He was also encouraged by the quality of recruits Franklin is bringing in this year.

"It's going to be a really, really good class," Jelks said. "When we get in and get coached up, we're going to get the program turned back around.

"I like everything Coach Franklin's doing. I like Coach (Herb) Hand. He has his offensive line play tough-nosed football which I can relate to because we play like that at my high school."

At Henry County, in Tennessee Class AAA, Jelks and the Patriots are 12-0 and heading to the third round of the playoffs. The offense has racked up more than 3,000 yards rushing on the season with Jelks helping to open up a lot of big holes to run through.

"I'd have to say my run blocking and my strength have been my two biggest improvements this year," Jelks said. "Our next game is with Ridgeway on Friday night. Hopefully we can keep it going."

After the season Jelks plans on bulking up to go into his freshman year with the Commodores and maintaining his 4.0 GPA.

"I'm planning on spending all winter in the weight room," said Jelks, "and probably all of the spring too. They haven't said anything about adding on more weight. It will come though with working out consistently and fill in more of my frame."

Jelks wears No. 50 for the Patriots. The city of Paris isn't too far from campus, sitting about 85 miles west of Nashville. Top Stories