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Welcome to Vanderbilt: Commodores Add 21 Signees to Football Team in 2012

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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:

Recruit: Position: Height: Weight: Total Stars (ESPN, Rivals, Scout)
Brian Kimbrow RB 5'9" 165 12
Caleb Azubike DL 6'5" 240 10
Darreon Herring LB 6'2" 220 10
Andrew Jelks OL 6'6" 270 10
Jacob Sealand LB 6'2" 220 10
Stephen Weatherly DE/LB 6'6" 215 9
LaDarius Banks DT 6'2" 265 9
Brandon Banks DB 5'11" 165 9
Cory Batey WR 6'0" 185 9
Adam Butler OL 6'5" 290 9
Blake Fromang OL 6'8" 280 9
Barrett Gouger OL 6'5" 285 9
Harding Harper LB 6'2" 215 9
Paris Head DB 6'1" 170 9
Kevin McCoy OL 6'6" 280 9
Patton Robinette QB 6'5" 200 9
Torey Agee DL 6'3" 250 8
Will Holden OL 6'6" 280 8
Torren McGaster DB 5'10" 185 8
Tip McKenzie WR 5'8" 170 8
Ja'Karri Thomas LB 6'1" 195 8