2014 Commit a Sign of Change at Vandy

So, what else can Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin and his staff accomplish this off season that hasn't been seen in Nashville in the modern era? How about signing the school's first high school junior in recent history?

After picking up commitments from a string of 4 star recruits who will immediately boost the talent and depth of the squad, Franklin has the Commodores looking a little bit more long term. Enter Jashon Robertson, a 6-3, 276 pound junior (when did they start making 16-year-olds that look like vending machines?) who has chosen to stay home in Nashville for college. If you want to see what Robertson can do find his highlights below. Pay special attention to the play in which he proves that if football doesn't work out he has a bright future in the WWE.

The kid from Montgomery Bell may only just have completed his sophomore year in high school, but his blend of speed, size, and pure strength have made him a rising star in the Tennessee prep ranks. Though Vandy was the first school to show interest in Robinson, his play in various camps over the summer had seen him receive lingering glances from SEC programs such as Alabama and Tennessee.

Despite that known interest and the knowledge that he will only get better as a junior/senior in high school Robinson jumped at the letter from Vanderbilt. He signed mere hours after formally being offered a scholarship. Robertson clearly loves what he sees in the vision that Franklin is projecting for the school and can't wait to be a part of it.

This is yet another sign of how far Vandy has come under Franklin's watch. Just three or four seasons ago you would have been laughed out of the building for suggest the Commodores could land a high school junior who had interest from the SEC's best.

In the world of college football the two years that it will take before Robertson arrives on campus is certainly a long time. If the monster DT continues to improve and impress, those big SEC sharks will be swimming around making their own kind of noise to turn his head in their direction. If Franklin can keep Robertson on board however, it will be the biggest sign yet that Vanderbilt are ready to make some serious noise in the SEC.

NOTE: Vanderbilt now has a 2015 commit too!

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