One of first-year Vanderbilt coach James Franklin's priorities this recruiting period was to broaden his options at quarterback.
He was able to do that with a couple of multi-talented athletes who warmed up to the Commodores late in the recruiting process.
Getting 6-3, 220-pound quarterback Lafonte Thourogood of Virginia Beach, Va., away from Virginia Tech was a big coup for Franklin. Thourogood was ranked by ESPN as the No. 54 athlete nationally, and had been committed to the Hokies since November. He was also recruited by the likes of North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina State and Tennessee.
In addition to Thourogood, the Commodores signed Josh Grady of Tampa, Fla. The 6-foot, 185-pound Grady passed for 24 touchdowns and rushed for 14 touchdowns as a senior in high school.
Grady is the fifth player Vanderbilt has signed out of the state of Florida in this class. Running back Jerron Seymour of Hialeah, Fla., was also a key pick-up for the Commodores. The 5-7, 188-pound Seymour is ranked by ESPN as the No. 132 running back in the country.
"In nearly 30 years of coaching, Jerron's as good as any running back I've seen in Dade County," Hialeah coach Mark Berman said.