Commodores Ink Newest Class

Clark Lea is the first Vandy coach since 2012-13 to have his first two full classes among the nation’s top 40

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt football coach Clark Lea has announced the addition of 21 student-athletes to his program as part of Wednesday’s National Signing Day.

With a Rivals team ranking of 38, both of Lea’s first two full signing classes rank in the top 40 nationally. The last time a Vanderbilt coach put together consecutive top-40 classes was 2012-13.

Checking in at No. 49 in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Lea’s signing classes have both ranked among the nation’s top 50. It marks the first time Vanderbilt has had consecutive top-50 classes since 2011-15.

The class is ranked in the top 55 nationally by all four major services (247Sports, Rivals, ESPN and On3). 

The group features signees from 11 states, including five each from Texas and Tennessee. Three players hail from the greater Nashville area.

Three members of the class – Sedrick Alexander, Ethan Crisp and Jailen Ruth – intend to enroll at Vanderbilt in January.

Team 3 will make its debut on Aug. 26 when Hawai’i visits FirstBank Stadium. New season ticket deposits can be placed now at

Class rankings as of 12:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, Dec. 21.

Sedrick Alexander RB 5-9 190 Austin, Texas LBJ
Deago Benson RB 6-0 200 Midlothian, Texas Midlothian
Ethan Crisp LB 6-3 240 Mount Juliet, Tenn. Mount Juliet
Jalen Gilbert DB 6-0 180 Round Rock, Texas Round Rock
Ted Gregoire DL 6-4 300 Jersey City, N.J. Hudson Catholic
Evan Herrmann EDGE 6-5 210 Sussex, Wis. Hamilton
Martel Hight DB 5-11 175 Rome, Ga. Rome
London Humphreys WR 6-3 190 Nashville, Tenn. Christ Presbyterian Academy
Kamrean Johnson TE 6-5 205 Theodore, Ala. Theodore
Dante Kelly LB 6-2 200 Itta Bena, Miss. Leflore County
Barrett Maddox OL 6-6 280 Clinton, Tenn. Clinton
Anthony Miles OL 6-5 290 Birmingham, Ala. Ramsay
AJ Newberry RB 6-0 200 Grand Prairie, Texas South Grand Prairie
Duran Parish WR 6-0 175 Biloxi, Miss. Biloxi
Jailen Ruth LB 6-3 200 Hawthorne, Fla. Hawthorne
Misael Sandoval OL 6-6 315 Chula Vista, Calif. St. Augustine
Junior Sherrill WR 5-11 175 Nashville, Tenn. Lipscomb Academy
Cooper Starks OL 6-5 320 Girard, Ill. North Mac
Brock Taylor K 6-0 160 Knoxville, Tenn. Knoxville Catholic
De’Marion Thomas DL 6-3 330 Tulsa, Okla. Union
Keegan Wechsler OL 6-3 260 Frisco, Texas Legacy Christian Academy