Vanderbilt recruiting Georgia hard

When Bobby Johnson took over as head coach at Vanderbilt most naturally assumed that Vandy would recruit harder in the state of South Carolina where he is highly respected. While Vanderbilt has recruited more in that state most Vanderbilt cohorts did not anticipate the enormous amount of recruiting that Vanderbilt would be doing in nearby Georgia.

Vanderbilt has already secured one major commit from the Empire State of the South. Marcus Dixon, who is a fine defensive end prospect from Lindale, committed to play for the Commodores back in April. He chose Vanderbilt over offers from Auburn and Georgia.

In the past Georgians who have played for Vanderbilt have made excellent contributions to the program. Some players that come to mind include punter Jim Arnold (1979-82) who went on to a long career in the NFL with the Lions and Chiefs. Eric Jones quarterbacked Vandy in the mid 80s. Running back Jermaine Johnson was a small but explosive back in the early 90s. Quarterback Ronnie Gordon (1993-95) signed with Vandy then returned to his home state one fall to lead Vanderbilt to a 43-30 homecoming win at Georgia.

It makes sense for the Vanderbilt staff to recruit Georgia hard. Atlanta, one of largest cities in the south, is only a three-hour drive from Nashville. Georgia has long been known for football factories such as Valdosta, Kennesaw, and Norcross who regularly produce Division I football players.

Vanderbilt currently has several Georgia natives on it's roster including Matt Clay, Jim May, Norval McKenzie, Ronnie Swoopes, Cheron Thompson. The 2002 crop of signees included four Georgians: Herdley Harrison, a linebacker from Marietta; Funtaine Hunter, a defensive back from Valdosta; Greg Johnson, a punter from Lilburn; and Mac Pyle, a offensive lineman from Adairsville.

Vanderbilt Offensive Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach Ted Cain is believed to be responsible for recruiting the state of Georgia. Here are just a few of the many prospects that Vanderbilt is believed to be pursuing in Georgia:

Name Height Weight Position City
Jon Abbate 6-0 232 LB Kennesaw
Micah Andrews 5-11 180 RB Norcross
Sean Bailey 6-0 170 WR Alpharetta
Deante Battle 5-10 185 DB Fayetteville
Deonte Burman 6-3 240 LB Vienna
Tim Cesa 6-2 230 LB Kennesaw
Tashard Choice 6-1 200 RB Lovejoy
Jeremy Chupp 6-3 180 QB Norcross
Marcus Dixon 6-6 260 DE Lindale
Johnny Edwards 5-11 180 DB Fayetteville
Jason Evans 6-1 188 RB Kennesaw
Breon Ford 5-10 185 RB Lindale
Jarvis Jackson 6-2 206 LB Atlanta
Jeromy Jones 6-3 265 DL Marietta
Zeb McKinzey 6-3 280 OL Lilburn
Blake Mitchell 6-4 185 QB LaGrange
David Overmyer 6-5 270 OL Lilburn
Roderick Rogers 6-2 180 DB Stone Mountain
Richard Thom 6-4 220 DE Gainesville
Skyler Thornton 6-0 194 RB LaGrange Top Stories