National Signing Day: Dores welcome new signees

Wednesday, Nov. 10 is the first day of a weeklong early signing period for all sports except football and soccer. Vanderbilt is not allowed to release names of prospects until they sign, but here's the scoop on many if not all of the high school stars who'll be signing letters-of-intent this week in basketball (men's and women's), baseball and golf.


Disclaimer: Vanderbilt officials are prohibited from commenting on prospects until a national letter-of-intent is signed. These lists have been assembled from the prospects themselves, as well as media reports and inside sources. Since verbal commitments are not binding, the lists are always subject to last-minute changes of mind.

Men's basketball

After bringing in a national-caliber class in 2004, head basketball coach Kevin Stallings had only three scholarships to offer for the class of 2005. To date Stallings has secured two commitments, and is expected to hold the third for the late signing period that begins in April, 2005. The two commitments are:

George Drake, 6-3 shooting guard, Calera, Ala.: "He's a highlight waiting to happen," said Calera coach Robert Burdette. "He's led us to the state championship game the last three years in a row. His varsity record here is 90-14 over three years, so Calera High School has had some success. And a lot of it is because of George Drake."

Drake, the reigning Alabama Class 2A Player of the Year, averaged 27.2 points per game, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists his junior year. He shot 59 percent from the floor, 41 percent from 3-point range, and 79 percent from the free throw line.

Kyle Madsen, 6-9, 215-pound power forward, Dublin-Coffman, Ohio: Madsen is described by Coffman coach Jamey Collins is a rangy big man who doesn't mind playing a physical game, but who has also added a high-percentage 3-point shot to his arsenal.

"When he makes the transition into college, where he will almost certainly be a 4-man, Kyle has a strong ability to block shots," said Collins. His timing with that is really good. For a big guy he's pretty agile, pretty athletic." Madsen averaged 12.5 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots per game as a junior.

Women's basketball

Head coach Melanie Balcomb is in line to sign four new players:

Amy Malo, 6-3 post, Fairmont, Minn.
Junior Stats: 12.4 points, 9.6 rebounds

Jennifer Risper, 5-9 combo guard, Moreno-Canyon Springs, Calif.
Junior stats: 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.6 steals

Holly Rogers, 5-9 guard, Cleveland, Tenn.
No junior stats available

Christina (Tina) Wirth, 6-2 forward, Chandler, Ariz.
Junior Stats: 24.6 points, 10 rebounds


In his two years at Vanderbilt, head coach Tim Corbin has already proven himself a fabulous recruiter, but he may have outdone himself with the class that signs this week. Headlining the class are four players from Baseball America's National Top 100 (Brett Jacobsen, Josh Zeid, Diallo Fon, Pedro Alvarez), as well as local catcher Jay Moreland. Corbin's class will almost assuredly rank among the national Top 10 when all is said and done.

Pedro Alvarez, IF New York-Horace Mann, N.Y.
Nick Christiani RHP Linden-Seton Hall Prep, N.J.
Ryan Flaherty IF/P Portland-Deering, Maine
Diallo Fon OF Walnut Creek-Las Lomas, Calif.
Andrew Giobbi C Portland, Maine
Brett Jacobsen RHP Carefree-Cactus Shadows, Ariz.
Bobby Kennedy LHP Ocala, Fla.
Kurt Lipton OF Boca Raton-Pinecrest Prep, Fla.
Matthew Meingasner C Ft. Lauderdale-Broward Community College (JuCo), Fla.
Jay Moreland C Nashville-Goodpasture, Tenn.
Josh Zeid RHP New Haven-Hamden Hall Country Day, Ct.


After bringing in heralded signees Brett Lange and Luke List in his last two signing classes, men's head coach Press McPhaul is poised to sign another heralded player in Jon Curran of Hopkinton, Mass. Curran is a two-time defending Massachusetts Golf Association Junior Player of the Year.

Women's golf coach Martha Freitag should also bring in a highly touted recruit, Jacqui Concolino of Bishop Moore High School in Orlando, Fla. Last June, Concolino was victorious at the Florida Women's State Golf Association Junior Girls' Championship at Lake Buena Vista Golf Club in Orlando.


Merissa Eide, Mt. Hebron, Md.


Watch for further updates on Vanderbilt's signees as reports are offcially released over the next few days. VandyMania and the experts at will keep you up to the minute on the latest developments. Top Stories