Franklin brings one of nation's top recruiting classes to Vandy

James Franklin brings one of nation's top recruiting classes to Vanderbilt

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - Vanderbilt head football coach James Franklin has needed little time turning around perernial cellar-dweller Vanderbilt.

After taking a two-win team to a six-win season, he's now reaping the rewards with a big recruiting class. Some observers have not only called it the best crop of recruits the Commodores have signed in the modern era, but one of the nation's best.

Among the players committing to play for Vandy is Tennessee's top running back, Brian Kimbrow from Memphis.

Another of the state's top players, quarterback Patton Robinette from Maryville, has also signed a letter of intent.

National Signing Day (Feb. 1, 2012)

Kevin McCoy OL 6-5 285 Tampa, Fla. (Armwood)
Ja'karri Thomas LB 6-1 200 Tallahassee, Fla. (Godby)
Ladarius Banks DT 6-2 275 Dallas, Ga. (East Paulding)
Adam Butler OL 6-4 285 Duncanville, Texas (Duncanville)
Torren McGaster DB 6-0 185 Daphne, Ala. (Daphne)
Stephen Weatherly DE/LB 6-5 220 Snellville, Ga. (Shiloh)
Harding Harper LB 6-2 215 Montgomery, Ala. (Carver)
Cory Batey WR 6-0 188 Nashville (Ensworth)
Tip McKenzie WR 5-8 175 Natchez, Miss. (Trinity Episcopal)
Andrew Jelks OL 6-6 270 Paris (Henry County)
Caleb Azubike DL 6-4 250 Nashville (McGavock)
Paris Head DB 5-11 175 Lawrenceville, Ga. (Buford)
Brian Kimbrow RB 5-8 170 Memphis (East)
Torey Agee DL 6-3 250 Opelika, Ala. (Opelika)
Darreon Herring LB 6-1 220 Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson)
Barrett Gouger OL 6-4 280 Soddy Daisy (Baylor School)
Blake Fromang OL 6-7 285 Orlando, Fla. (Lake Highland Prep)
Patton Robinette QB 6-4 200 Maryville (Maryville)
Will Holden OL 6-6 280 Green Cove Springs, Fla. (Clay)
Brandon Banks DB 5-10 170 Brandywine, MD (Gwynn Park)
Jake Sealand LB 6-2 215 Tucker, Ga. (Tucker)
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