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James Franklin: ‘We’re Running Out Of Scholarships’

Vanderbilt is close to signing its most highly-rated recruiting class in school history.

The Commodores’ 2012 class of 20 commitments is ranked 21st nationally by Rivals.com. Vanderbilt has landed such highly-touted prospects as defensive end Josh Dawson, running back Brian Kimbrow and wide receiver Andre McDonald.

And there could be more top prospects on the way.

Commodores coach James Franklin told 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on Thursday that he expects Vanderbilt to close well on National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

“We’re in a position right now that we’re probably going to turn down some great players that in the last 10 years Vanderbilt would have begged for these kids to come,” Franklin said. “We’re just in a position where we’re running out of scholarships and that’s the position you want to be in every single year that at the end you’ve still got enough options out there that are very, very attractive. And that’s the position we’re in right now.”

Vanderbilt appears to be in a good position with athlete Albert Reid from Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, D.C. The former West Virginia commit told Rivals this week that Vanderbilt, Iowa and Maryland are his three finalists.

Vanderbilt is also actively recruiting such prospects as running backs Wes Brown and I’Tavius Mathers and athlete Will Redmond. Mathers (Ole Miss) and Redmond (Mississippi State) are committed elsewhere but have continued to show an interest in other schools.

Franklin and his staff have shown to be the difference in Vanderbilt’s recruitment. McDonald told MrSEC last month that Franklin is quickly changing the culture in Nashville.

I have never been around someone that I’ve known for such a short time and trusted so much,” McDonald said. “(Vanderbilt’s coaches) put themselves on the line for us. They’re all about success. That’s just how they’ve changed the attitude and it shows through the commits.”

 


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