Photo Gallery: Signing Day Preview

Wednesday is national signing day for high school football recruits, and Vanderbilt's coaches are quietly putting the finishing touches on their signing class. Meanwhile, here's a specially assembled gallery of exclusive, full-size photos of Vanderbilt's commitments, most of which have not been previously published.

This photo of Council Rock North (Pa.) safety Ryan Hamilton was made at the Penn State Blue-White Game last spring.

Last June 13 Vanderbilt held its Top Prospects camp, and many who would later give commitments to the Commodores were present. Here Jared Hawkins runs a drill on the AstroPlay practice field; the Klein, Tex. running back had the fastest 40 time of the day for running backs.

Offensive lineman Drew Gardner was another future signee who took part.

Receiver Larry Simmons (Austin, Tex.) wasn't present for camp, but after the Commodore coaches saw film of the Anderson High School star, they were sold. Simmons committed after a December official visit.

Defensive end Derrius Dowell is one of at least eight Atlanta-Douglass High School seniors who will sign Division I-A scholarship papers on Wednesday.

Vanderbilt hosted Florida on Nov. 3, and is it turned out, two tight end prospects who would later commit were both present for unofficial visits. Jake Bradford (left) and Thomas Welch are both 6-foot-7.

Also present Nov. 3 was offensive lineman Eric Hensley, who gave his commitment the same day.

Present for Vanderbilt's home game vs. Tennessee Nov. 20 was linebacker recruit Quavian Lewis. The prospects on hand witnessed an excellent performance by the Commodores in a 38-33 loss.

Also on hand for the Commodores-Vols clash was receiver Alex Washington, who committed shortly afterwards.

Shortly after quarterback Mackenzi Adams led Tulsa-Union to the Oklahoma 6A state championship, he posed for this photo with his father, Jeff Adams.

Kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt won the Mr. Football Award for 2004 as the best kicker in the state of Tennessee.

Defensive end Steven Stone was a late addition to the signing class. (Yes, his high school team is known as the "Wampus Cats.")

All-purpose athlete Earl Bennett of Birmingham committed last Saturday.


Some photos were provided by prospects; others copyright 2004 by Brent Wiseman for, except photo of Ryan Hamilton courtesy of

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