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:
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