Vandy just got three more verbal commitments:
• Brandon Banks, a 5-11, 170-pound athlete from Maryland who can run a 4.3 40 and has offers from Cincinnati, UConn, Maryland, Michigan State and Pittsburgh. He’s a consensus 3-star recruit. He’s listed as a cornerback or athlete by most services but recruiting coordinator/freshman quarterback Josh Grady says he’ll play wide receiver. If Banks is a receiver, he’d rate slightly behind verbal commit Jaydrick Declouet and well ahead of Corey Batey in this year’s class and compared to the ratings of past recruits he’s comparable to sophomore receiver Jonathan Krause and sophomore cornerback Andre Hal.
• Jaborian McKenzie, a 5-9, 180-pound running back from Mississippi who’s run a sub-4.4 40 and switched to Vandy after making a verbal commitment to Southern Miss. Also has offers from Indiana, Kansas State and Memphis. Got 3 stars from Scout and Rivals and 2 from ESPN. Compared to past running back recruits, he’s on par with Warren Norman (who’s proving to be underrated) and Micah Powell (who’s proving to be overrated), ahead of Wesley Tate, and behind Zac Stacy and the two true freshmen, Mitchell Hester and Jerron Seymour. He could also play defensive back, where his rating stacks up to those of current junior cornerbacks Trey Wilson and Eddie Foster and is well ahead of fellow verbal commitment Paris Head.
• Colby Cooke, a 6-3 punter/kicker from Virginia who’s listed as having no other offers, but it’s trickier getting rated and recruited as a kicker because so few scholarships are offered. Clearly he’ll be the heir apparent to Richard Kent, who’s a redshirt junior walk-on.
OK, we’re getting lots of fast little guys.
Here are the receivers, running backs and cornerbacks, counting the freshman class and the current verbal commitments, that Franklin has recruited:
• Jerron Seymour, 5-7, 190, RB, 4.3 40
• Brian Kimbrow, 5-9, 165, RB, 4.2 40
• Jaborian McKenzie, 5-9, 180, RB, 4.4 40
• Mitchell Hester, 5-9, 184, RB, 4.3 40
• Paris Head, 5-10, 170, CB, 4.5 40
• Jaydrick Declouet, 5-10, 175, WR, 4.4 40
• Brandon Banks, 5-11, 170, CB/WR, 4.3 40
• Corey Batey, 5-11, 180, WR, 4.4 40
• Derek King, 5-11, 195, CB, 4.4 40
• Jacquese Kirk, 6-0, 160, CB/WR, 4.4 40
Now let’s get some big linemen on both sides of the ball!