Torey Agee DL, 6'3, 250
Caleb Azubike DL, 6'4, 250
Brandon Banks DB, 5'10, 170
Ladarius Banks DL, 6'2, 275
Adam Butler OL, 6'4, 285
Colby Cooke P/K, 6'3, 200
Blake Fromang OL, 6'7, 285
Barrett Gouger OL, 6'4, 280
Harding Harper LB, 6'2, 215
Paris Head DB, 5'11, 175
Darreon Herring LB, 6'1, 220
Will Holden OL, 6'6, 280
Andrew Jelks OL, 6'6, 270
Brian Kimbrow RB, 5'8, 170
Kevin McCoy OL, 6'5, 285
Torren McGaster DB, 6'0, 185
Tip McKenzie WR, 5'8, 175
Patton Robinette QB, 6'4, 200
Jake Sealand LB, 6'2, 215
Ja'karri Thomas LB, 6'1, 200
Stephen Weatherly DE/LB, 6'5, 220
SI.com: An inside look at how Vanderbilt landed its best recruiting class in history
Class Lives Up to Hype
After months of national attention and fan anticipation, Head Coach James Franklin
and his Commodore staff have capped off a smashing sales effort by signing one of the
top classes of prospects in team history.
Franklin praised the 22-player class, which ranked among the nation's top recruiting
efforts by experts across the nation.
"This is the best recruiting class I have ever been associated with," Franklin said. "We
have tremendously improved our football team today. I keep saying you win football games
Sunday through Friday and by winning on National Signing Day. Vanderbilt won today!"
Franklin's staff attracted 11 defensive players, 10 offensive standouts and one Parade All-American kicking specialist. Rivals.com rated
every signee three-stars or higher, the first time Vanderbilt has ever achieved such
status. Six different players earned rare four-star evaluations from national recruiting
The class is highlighted by six offensive line prospects all ranked among the Top 75
players at their positions nationally. The new Commodores include six prep standouts
from Tennessee, all considered among the state's Top 25 seniors.
"We didn't fill all of our needs, and we'll do even better next year, but we are truly
building something special at Vanderbilt. All Commodore fans should be happy with the
class and the direction of our program," Franklin said.
Praising the 2012 Class
Class Earns National Acclaim
Two national recruiting outlets, Rivals.com
and ESPN.com, listed Vanderbilt's class
among the Top 25 nationally. Several
long-time observers said it was Vanderbilt's
finest hour in attracting top seniors.
Targeting Specific Positions
Six Offensive Line Prospects
Four Defensive Line Signees
Four Linebacker Prospects
Attracting Tennessee Talent
The class includes six Tennessee products,
tying the most in-state players since 1985.
The signees include five members of the
Tennessean's Dream Team, the most ever.