February 7, 2007

Leaders, winners highlight class of 2007

Winning begets winning. At least that's what Vanderbilt is banking on in its 2007 signing class.

Today, 14 high school players will sign with the Commodores. Nine of those players won state titles at some point in their careers, including quarterback Larry Smith, whose Prattville (Ala.) squad knocked off nationally-ranked Hoover in a game televised by ESPN.

This group also knows how to lead. A whopping 11 served as team captains at some point during their careers.

From a quality standpoint, it's also one of the better classes the Commodores have signed in years. For the first time in the Bobby Johnson era, Vanderbilt signed a Rivals.com "four-star" player in Memphis linebacker John Stokes. (Actually, Johnson did ink Marcus Dixon, but, thanks to an overzealous prosecutor Dixon's well-chronicled journey landed him in prison instead of in Nashville.)

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