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    Vero Beach prep star Larry Franklin inks with the Commodores Wednesday. (Photo: Sam Wolfe/TCPalm.com)

    Note: Go to National Signing Day Central on VUcommodores.com for signee highlight videos, bios and more.



    Associated Press: Franklin's class highlighted by QB
    "I don't know if it could've went any better really," James Franklin said. "We filled a lot of our needs, especially at the quarterback position and on the offensive line, defensive back, defensive line. Really did some good things, and I think we got faster, which is something we really wanted to do."
    Tennessean: Vanderbilt fills need at quarterback
    "In the last 48 hours, it was exciting," Franklin said. "We got on a roll the other night and the commitments were coming, and the commitments kept coming. The coaches were flying around, yelling, screaming. As we all know, a lot of times you work hard but you don't always see the dividends."
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    Tennessean: SEC crushes its opponents in February
    "As proud as I am with what we have done this year, we've still got a long way to go,'' Franklin admitted. "I think every time you set a goal and have an expectation and you reach that goal, now you have to set a new goal, a new standard, a new expectation.
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    City Paper: Quarterback competition guaranteed by Franklin's class
    "If you don't want to be a competitor, this isn't the place for you. We are going to have the most competitive environment on this campus -- academically and athletically. If you're afraid of competition, don't come to Vanderbilt," Franklin said. "They understand that. Just like I told them next year I am going to recruit somebody to beat them out."
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    Virginian-Pilot: Lafonte Thourogood picks the Commodores
    "I had to do what was best for me," Thourogood said. "That's what all of the coaches wanted, so I did what I had to do.

    "At first, (Coach Beatty) was telling me that it would be a good school for me. But in the end, he said whatever is best for me. Him saying that meant a lot to me. I sat back and prayed about it and thought about it a lot. And at the end of the day, (prayers) told me to go to Vanderbilt."
    Cape Coral Daily: Jimmy Stewart headed to Vanderbilt

    Tennessean: Joe Townsend chooses Vanderbilt
    "Vanderbilt offered me, I sat down, prayed about it and talked to my parents," Townsend said. "It's the (Southeastern Conference), it's close to home, it's a top-notch education."
    Tampa Tribune: Josh Grady going to Vanderbilt

    St. Petersburg Times: Josh Grady makes decision based on facts
    " ... at the end of the day, you have to understand that this is not a four- to five-year commitment," Grady said. "At the end of the day it's a 40- to 50-year commitment."
    Video: Josh Grady talks about picking Vanderbilt

    TC Palm: Larry Franklin impressed with Vanderbilt
    "They have a very good academic background, a great coaching staff that wants to turn the program around, and the players are motivated," Franklin said. "They've got the right mindset to win, and I feel like it's a great group of guys who are a lot like me. We're going to work hard to get on top."
    TC Palm: Larry Franklin read for next step

    Detroit Free Press: Conor Hart is Vandy bound
    "I just felt it was the place for me," Hart said. "I met the new coach (James Franklin) two weeks ago, and I think he'll bring a lot of energy to the program. He said they were going to change the culture and that he still wanted me bad. The staff has great energy. They are a bunch of young guys who have great energy and they want to win. I definitely wanted to be a part of that.
    Miami Herald: Jerron Seymour excited about Vanderbilt
    "I'm excited to come in to a program and try to turn them around and get things going," Seymour said. "I made up my mind Wednesday and called up the coaches and told them. An opportunity to play in the SEC is something you just can't pass up."
    OakRidger.com: Jose Valedon signs with Vanderbilt
    "I fell in love with the city and it was where I was born," Valedon said. "It is the perfect place to live. It's the SEC and you can't beat that. Plus the academics are unparalleled."

    Armwood quarterback Josh Grady answers media questions after announcing his decision to attend Vanderbilt. (Photo: Bill Ward/TBO.com)

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