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Receiver Diggs To Announce On Friday

Athlete Stefon Diggs from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Olney, Md., will announce his college decision on Friday night.

Diggs, who’s considered the nation’s third-best athlete by ESPN.com, will make the announcement at 10 eastern time on Comcast SportsNet.

Auburn and Florida are still in the running for Diggs along with California, Maryland and Ohio State.

Diggs took a visit to Maryland last weekend. Two of Diggs’ teammates, running back Wes Brown and lineman Mike Madaras, signed with Maryland on Feb. 1.


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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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Gunner Kiel Highlights Impressive Visitor List For Vanderbilt

Gunner Kiel‘s appearance on Vanderbilt’s campus this weekend is another example of the impressive recruiting effort by head coach James Franklin.

The nation’s No.1 quarterback according to Rivals.com decided to take an official visit to Vanderbilt after visiting unofficially last month.

Kiel, who’s also considering LSU, Notre Dame and Arkansas, plans to enroll in college in January.

Franklin is trying to add to a 2012 class that’s already ranked No. 18 in the nation by Rivals. He’s secured commitments from such highly-touted prospects as┬ádefensive end Josh Dawson,┬árunning back Brian Kimbrow and wide receiver Andre McDonald.

McDonald, who’s ranked the No. 1 prospect in Minnesota by Rivals, told MrSEC he’s hopeful Kiel will decide to join him at Vanderbilt.

“That would be huge,” McDonald said. “That would be great to know for future reference that we’ve got such talent at that position. That would set us up for championships in the future.”

Prospects are more willing to believe Franklin’s sales pitch now that he’s taken Vanderbilt to a bowl game in his first year on campus. The Commodores will play Cincinnati in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31.

Kiel was in attendance for the school’s bowl announcement party.

Running back Wes Brown from Olney, Md., and West Virginia athlete commit Albert Reid from Washington, D.C., were two other highly-touted prospects on campus in Nashville this weekend.

“It went good,” Reid told VandySports.com of his trip. “They gave us a tour of the campus and we met with the coaches. I met with the running back coach and everyone.”

Everyone will be watching to see how Vanderbilt will wrap up its class for 2012. Franklin’s success on the field has made others take notice.

“It really kind of showed how Coach Franklin has drilled it into his players’ heads that they’re capable of being really successful,” McDonald said. “No matter what other people think.”

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Running Back Brown To Visit South Carolina

Running back Wes Brown from Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., plans to reveal his list of six school soon.

“South Carolina made the list,” he told GoUpState.com. “I think I could announce (the list Tuesday) or the next day but I haven’t gone public with it yet.”

Brown said he will likely take an unofficial visit to South Carolina in November when the Gamecocks host Florida. He’s also considering an official visit to Columbia.

“I want to take all five (official) visits and South Carolina has a really good chance of getting one,” Brown said. “I like the offense they run. It fits my skill sets really well and they have really good academics.”

Brown, who’s ranked the nation’s 19th-best running back by Rivals, has already taken unofficial visits to Miami, Maryland, Virginia Tech and New Mexico.

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