SEC recruiting rewind: Vanderbilt


The class

Recruits: 21 (all high school players)

Top prospects: Quarterback Lafonte Thourogood was ranked as ESPN's No. 54 athlete nationally. Safety Larry Franklin was ranked as the No. 35 safety. Tight end Dillon van der Wal was the No. 57 tight end and cornerback Derek King the No. 30 cornerback.

Needs met: The Commodores signed three quarterbacks and all three are a little bit different. But the common denominator with all three is that they're athletic and capable of running as well as passing. Also, the Commodores signed several players versatile enough to help at a couple of different positions, guys like the 6-foot-7, 235-pound van der Wall, who could play tight end or be a pass-rushing defensive end. Vanderbilt needed offensive line help and signed five in this class.

Analysis: First-year Vanderbilt coach James Franklin and his staff didn't have a lot of time, but they got a lot done in those last few weeks. Getting Thourogood away from Virginia Tech was impressive. The same goes for prying defensive lineman Barron Dixon away from Mississippi State. The Commodores can use all the defensive linemen they can get right now. Franklin likes the athleticism and versatility in this class. He also hopes he's found a quarterback among the three Vanderbilt signed -- Josh Grady, Kris Kentera and Thourogood.

ESPN recruiting grade: C