Monday, May 25, 2009

Vanderbilt targets Georgia high school football players; Grant Ramsay latest signee

The Commodores get their second signee of the 2010 class. It's Grant Ramsay, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from Pope High School in the Atlanta area. (Photo above.) He joins Thomas Ryan, a defensive end from Florida.

Recruiting the state of Georgia has become a big part of Bobby Johnson's formula for success. Last season's team had 21 players from Georgia, including starters Greg Billinger, Brandon Barden, Darlron Spead, Broderick Stewart, Sean Walker and Music City Bowl MVP Brett Upson, and freshmen T.J. Greenstone, who was Freshman All-SEC, and Casey Hayward, a likely starter next season.

This year's freshmen will include running back Warren Norman and linebacker Blake Southerland, both of Georgia.

Currently, Vanderbilt has 57 scholarship offers on the table, according to Of these, 15 are to players at Georgia high schools. Alabama is a distant second with six offers, followed by Florida with five and Ohio and Mississippi with four apiece.

The biggest catches out of the Peach state would be athlete Julian Horton, offensive tackle Max Garcia and cornerback B.J. Bostic.

Other guys Vanderbilt would love to sign include quarterback Andrew Hendrix, tackle Matt Rotheram and cornerback/running back Braylon Heard, all of Ohio; running back Corey Grant and defensive tackle Jeremiah Jackson of Alabama; and tight end Harrison Jones, tackle James Stone and linebacker Justin Maclin of Tennessee.

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