Historic Signing Class Inked


NASHVILLE, Tenn. —  Concluding his first full season at Vanderbilt, head coach Clark Lea and his staff have signed one of the highest-ranked recruiting classes in program history.

As of the afternoon of Dec., 15, the class is ranked No. 23 by 247Sports, No. 31 by both Rivals and the 247Sports Composite, No. 39 via On3 and No. 40 by ESPN. The only other Vanderbilt signing class to finish among the nation’s top 30 classes came in 2013, when the Commodores were coming off a 9-4 record and Music City Bowl Championship.

“We have the makings of something special here,” Lea said. “You have to be a visionary. You have to be a builder. We want competitive people that understand the work ahead is critical. Today is a day of celebration and it’s a great day for our future as a program, but it’s also about the effort of getting the guys in this class ready to play in the fall and for their careers.”

To this point, the signing class includes 21 student-athletes, representing 11 states plus two European countries. Two members of the class are Nashville products opting to stay home in Music City. The class is composed of 10 offensive players, eight defensive players and a pair of athletes who have been two-way players during their high school careers.

Six student-athletes are planning to enroll at Vanderbilt in January: Maurice Edwards, Quantaves Gaskins, Jayden McGowan, Steven Sannieniola, David Siegel and AJ Swann.

Vanderbilt opens the 2022 season on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Hawai’i before the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 3 versus Elon. Season tickets are available now.