Sure, Vandy's battling Kentucky at Dudley Field on Saturday. But off the field, the Commodores have been slugging it out with the Wildcats for recruits.
The two schools are vying for the following high school seniors:
• Rajaan Bennett, RB, Georgia
• Tim Jackson, DE, Florida
• Kenarious Gates, OT, Georgia
• Austin Collinsworth, S, Kentucky
• Dale Trimble, CB, Alabama
• Avery Willimason, LB, Tennessee
So far, Vanderbilt's winning 3-2, having received verbal commitments from these players who had UK offers:
• Jared Morse, DT, Alabama
• Jerrell Priester, RB/CB, South Carolina
• Thomas Ryan, DE, Florida
But losing these players to the Wildcats:
• Ryan Smith, S, Alabama
• Justin Henderson, DE, South Carolina
Of course, the battle's never over. Morse has said recently that his verbal commitment to the Dores was "soft," and that he's considering other schools, including Kentucky and (ahem) Alabama.