Vanderbilt head coach Bobby Johnson announced the receipt of national letters-of-intent from 20 high school football players, members of his first signing class, at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.
On the first national signing day of his career as Vanderbilt's coach, Johnson announced the names at a press conference in the newly renovated weight room at McGugin Center. Fans and former players were invited to be part of the announcement ceremony.
"We didn't get every one we wanted," said Johnson, "but we wanted every one we got."
The signing class included one eleventh-hour commitment-- Funtaine Hunter, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound safety prospect from Lowndes High School in Valdosta, Ga. It did not, however, include offensive lineman Brett Tobin of Green Bay, Wisc. (who signed instead with Virginia) or defensive end Antoine Morgan of Bennettsville, S.C. (who is still expected to sign with Vanderbilt).
Of the group, 11 were listed as offensive players and seven were listed as defensive players (although many played on both offense and defense in high school). The group also included a punter (Greg Johnson of Lilburn, Ga.) and a placekicking specialist (Patrick Johnson of Athens, Ala.).
The group also included three players from Middle Tennessee: Richard Freeman, a defensive end from Brentwood; Erik Davis, a receiver from Nashville's Ezell-Harding Christian School; and Blake Luker, an offensive lineman from Collinwood.
The complete list of Wednesday's signees as released by the university's sports information department is as follows:
Brad Anderson FB/LB 6-0 225 Ijamsville, Md. Urbana
Chris Booker TE 6-4 240 Brandon, Miss. Northwest Rankin
Steven Brent OL 6-3 278 Georgetown, Texas
Grant Brigham WR 6-0 170 Birmingham, Ala. Mountain Brook
Steven Bright QB 6-2 208 Greer, S.C. Riverside
Ray Brown DL 6-2 267 Jackson, N.J. Jackson Memorial
Ron Bullock RB 5-11 215 Destrehan, La. Brother Martin
Erik Davis WR/DB 6-2 180 Nashville, Tenn. Ezell-Harding
Adam Dossett OL 6-4 272 Summit, Miss. Parklane Academy
Kwane Doster RB 5-10 180 Tampa, Fla. Robinson
Richard Freeman DE 6-5 240 Brentwood, Tenn.
Herdley Harrison OLB 6-3 215 Marietta, Ga. Marietta
Funtaine Hunter S/DB 6-3 205 Valdosta, Ga. Lowndes
Greg Johnson Punter 6-2 175 Lilburn, Ga. Parkview
Patrick Johnson Kicker 5-10 170 Athens, Ala.
Kevin Joyce OLB 6-3 205 Longwood, Fla. Lake Highland Prep
Blake Luker OL 6-5 300 Collinwood, Tenn.
Tim Miller DB 6-2 180 Detroit, Mich. Country Day
Andrew Pace S/DB 5-11 185 Birmingham, Ala. Mountain Brook
Mac Pyle, OL 6-4 285 Adairsville, Ga.