Vanderbilt gains 3 in-state stars!

Finally, the much anticipated announcement was made today at the D1 Sports Complex in Franklin. Brian Kimbrow, Cory Batey and Caleb Azubike did as expected and to the delight of many Vanderbilt fans revealed they are committed to the Commodore program.

"He [James Franklin] wanted to change things and that's something that I was really interested in," said 4-star prospect Brian Kimbrow of East High School in Memphis, Tenn. Kimbrow, the No. 20 prospect nationally for Scout.com, turned down a host of top programs including Auburn, Oregon, Notre Dame, LSU, Stanford and Nebraska to name a few.

"I know they don't have any tradition over there at Vanderbilt but things are going to change... We are going to change Vanderbilt around," said a confident Kimbrow.

Kimbrow jokingly teased the crowd and UT fans as he put on an orange and white Tennessee hat momentarily and then said, "it doesn't fit" before replacing it with a Vanderbilt hat.

Azubike, a defensive end from McGavock High School in Nashville was the first of the three to commit. The 3-star Scout.com prospect who had 70 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior turned down 13 FBS programs to play for Vanderbilt and Franklin. Some scouting services rate him as a 4-star prospect. Boston College, UCLA, Purdue, Miami (Fla.), Louisville, Kentucky and Mississippi State all coveted the 6-foot-5, 240 pound future Commodore.

Batey is another product and stars for Ensworth High School. A wide receiver, he had over 700 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a junior. Kentucky and Arkansas State also desired the 4.4 speedster's services.

The commitment of the three local stars raises the possibility a snowball effect of local commits the Commodore program.

"I talk with Caleb (Azubike) and (Brian) Kimbrow a lot," said Henry County offensive tackle Andrew Jelks. Jelks continued, "We probably are a package deal; we want to go to the same place. I don't plan on announcing on Friday. If they announce to the school that they are talking about, it would be hard to turn it down."

Wide receiver Drae Bowles (Jackson Christian School) another 4-star prospect is another prospect that could put his anchor down with Vanderbilt. Mount Juliet RB/DB Josh Shelton, a 3-star prospect, is yet another local Tennessee product that has spoken highly of the Commodore program.

For a complete list of Vanderbilt's 2012 commits click HERE

L-R Caleb Azubike, Brian Kimbrow, Cory Batey after committing to Vanderbilt. (VM/Stan Jones)

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