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Vanderbilt Gets an Ivy League Pedigree With Reported Receivers Coach Hire

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Vanderbilt stepped up their recruiting game this week when they hired Dartmouth assistant Cortez Hankton as their newest wide receivers coach. Hankton, an NFL veteran, has built a reputation as a strong recruiter at an academic school.

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Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason put the final touches on his coaching staff for 2015 by bringing another NFL veteran to Nashville. According to reports, the Commodores will hire former Jacksonville Jaguar and current Dartmouth assistant Cortez Hankton as wide receivers coach.

Hankton spent six years in the NFL and another three in the United Football League before taking an assistant role at Central Florida for three months in 2012. That led to a job with the Big Green later in the year where he took over the team's receiving corps. Dartmouth has gone 20-10 in the three years he has been employed there. They had gone 13-17 in the three years prior to his arrival.

He'll have a big task ahead of him in Nashville. Vanderbilt had plenty of young talent on the WR depth chart, but got little production from their wideouts. The Commodores' receivers combined for just 1,193 yards in 2014. For comparison, Jordan Matthews gained 1,474 yards on his own in 2013 (albeit in one extra game). Hankton will work with returning starters C.J. Duncan and Latevius Rayford along with other young contributors like Caleb Scott, Trent Sherfield, and Chandler Dorrell this fall.

And, if you're interested, you can buy his autographed rookie card on eBay right now:

According to Dartmouth, he's venturing into familiar ground when he returns to the south. His official bio says that his recruiting areas include Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He'll join new hires Andy Ludwig (offensive coordinator) and Todd Lyght (cornerbacks coach) on the road to help Vandy shore up their prospect portfolio now that National Signing Day is less than three week away.