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Coach Franklin makes more history for Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- James Franklin has been promising that he's just getting started at Vanderbilt. Now the coach has followed up the best season since 1915 by landing a recruiting class rated in the top 20 for the first time in the program's history.

Vanderbilt signed 26 players Wednesday, and a final commitment from linebacker Zach Cunningham helped push the Commodores to No. 19 in the ratings by Rivals.com. Even with that success, Vanderbilt still ranks seventh among Southeastern Conference teams and just ahead of Tennessee.

Franklin says the class marks a significant day in Vanderbilt's football history as more proof the Commodores intend to compete at the highest levels.

This class includes 13 on offense, 12 defensive players and a kicking specialist. This group features two quarterbacks with Jordan Rodgers graduating.


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