Coach James Franklin unveiled Vanderbilt's 2012 recruiting haul on National Signing Day today, garnering commitments from 21 highly ranked recruits in his bid to turn around the football culture on Natchez Trace. The Commodores added six players who earned four-star ratings from either Rivals.com or ESPN in what is the university's best recruiting class in school history. Tailback Brian Kimbrow of Memphis was the centerpiece of the incoming class, but there could still be more players on the way for Franklin and his staff.
The list of recruits doesn't include All-American kicker Colby Cooke, who will greyshirt next year and couldn't be counted amongst the official signees. Vanderbilt also lost four-star defensive end Josh Dawson when he decommitted from the 'Dores to choose Georgia. However, the signing day swipe of Alabama linebacker Harding Harper should help Vanderbilt cope with the loss. Franklin is said to be so pleased with the work his staff has put in that he's rented five limousines to take his coaches out for a proper night on the town in Nashville once their work is done. Whether or not that will end with a trip to Lonnie's is currently unknown (it will).
The full list, as of 1:30 PM CST, is below:
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