21 recruits sign with Commodores

Wednesday, February 6, 2008 at 10:15am

Twenty-one prep football players signed with Vanderbilt on Wednesday, national signing day for high-school seniors.

Fourteen are slated for duty on defense, including seven linemen.

“We did lose a lot of defensive linemen this year and some outstanding linebackers, so we felt like we had to be diligent in replacing those guys,” VU coach Bobby Johnson said.

Among the top-rated defenders in VU’s crop are linebackers Tristan Strong of Loganville, Ga., and DeAndre Jones of Memphis and defensive back Casey Hayward of Elko, Ga. Wide receiver John Cole of Somerset, Ky., is also a player to watch.

As is normally the case, Vanderbilt’s recruiting class was ranked as the worst in the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

And as is normally the case, Johnson brushed aside such rankings.

“We feel like we did a good job of bringing in players who are useful to our program,” he said. “We don't look at them any other way than how they will help our program and how they will do academically here at Vanderbilt.

“I don’t compare it to other people’s classes. I don’t care who they sign. We care about who we sign.”

Antonio Wilson, a 6-foot-5 defensive end from Columbia High in Decatur, Ga., signed with Georgia Tech today after having verbally committed to Vanderbilt.

Wilson, a basketball standout, played only four prep football games but was an intriguing football prospect due to his size and speed.

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By: TharonChandler on 12/31/69 at 7:00

RE: "Antonio Wilson, a 6-foot-5 defensive end from Columbia High in Decatur, Ga., signed with Georgia Tech today after having verbally committed to Vanderbilt". Tharon says: Defensive End is one of the most active and fun positions. It is a prime place from whence to Blitz the QB; unexpectedly, when the time is right.These things about renegotiated agreements must sometimes happen for the Happiness of the player (and that is the most important thing). Wilson needs to be in a place where he believes he can get what he needs to be the Man the teams needs in that position.Once when I was a young lad some guys had my little brother and I "suspended" from the local country club (on a trumped up charge) which we later realized was done so that some men could sit up at the clubhouse and "gawk" out our sister (working down at the club swimming pool) without us realizing.The same kind of senario was happenning later in life and is actually a common phenomina, and one problem is that many women are part of the problem (they will go with "the strongest cave-man" so long as he is providing some "creature comforts"). Too often today some men sit behind their comforts and Enjoy the women (perhaps at a law firm, local hospital, or modern business) while some other guys are proded into things like "fighting a war

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 7:00

Tharon, what was the "trumped" up charge?