Ashabranner, a big man with uncanny mobility, even saw some time at quarterback this season.
"We had a quarterback who got injured, and Coach said we need a leader to step up and play quarterback. I ended up in that role."
While lots of his fellow high school seniors are freaking out about now over their college options, Ashabranner is chilling out. Six months after the fact, his commitment to Bobby Johnson and the Commodores remains solid. He was able to visit campus unofficially on November 18 for the season finale against Tennessee.
"I'm very happy with that decision," Ashabranner said. "There were some other contenders. Rice, Tulsa and Air Force were all recruiting me pretty heavily. Rice was probably the second-biggest contender. They had offered and everything.
"But I'm still a Vanderbilt guy, and I'm still very happy with that decision."
National signing day is February 7, 2007. To see a complete list of Vanderbilt's commitments, click here.