Monday, January 12, 2009
Vanderbilt scores a recruiting moral victory
The Commodores are in the process of putting together Bobby Johnson's best-ever recruiting class.
They've signed 10 three-star recruits as rated by rivals.com. The latest is Eddie Foster, a cornerback from Texas who runs a 4.3 40. Really.
Other highlights include a pair of stud running backs (Warren Norman and Zac Stacy), a speedy athlete (Eric Samuels), a coveted offensive lineman who's light now but has a big frame (Wesley Johnson of Nashville), a big defensive tackle (Darrius McMullin), a 6-5 wide receiver who can play right away (Brady Brown), a dual-threat quarterback (Charlie Goro), another big tight end (Mason Johnston) and another hard-nosed linebacker (Blake Southerland, brother of Georgia fullback Brandon).
Sounds good, huh? It's even impressive when we don't sign people. I'm talking about Jared Wheeler (see above), a hulking offensive guard from Florida who signed with the Miami Hurricanes a couple of days ago.
His second choice? Vanderbilt.
A distant third, fourth and fifth? Florida, Tennessee and Auburn.
Sure, it's a moral victory. But it shows that top high school athletes are starting to notice the Commodores, which is leading to some real recruiting victories too.