Vanderbilt's historic 2012 class added another solid part Monday.
After signing a class considered the best in school history, Vanderbilt gained its 22nd member of the class when kicker/punter Colby Cooke (Goochland, Va.) signed with the Commodores Monday.
The 6-3, 200-pound Cooke was named a 2011 Parade All-American after hitting 17-of-21 field goals, the second highest single-season total by a Virginia prep kicker. He also connected on kicks of 48 and 51 yards in the state finals. Forty of Cooke's 54 kickoffs also resulted in touchbacks. He also played on the USA squad at the 2012 International Bowl, held on Feb. 1 in Austin, Texas.
"We're tremendously pleased to add Colby to the 2012 signing class," Vanderbilt coach James Franklin said in a release Monday. "He really impressed our coaching staff at camp last year, then put together an excellent senior season. We're also excited about Colby's dual talents as a kicker and punter."
Cooke committed to Vanderbilt in August and was a grayshirt candidate, but will now enroll and be available to play in 2012. The addition of Cooke gives Vandy four kicking specialists to work with in 2012. The Commdores return senior kicker Ryan Fowler, senior punter Richard Kent and sophomore kicker Carey Spear.
Here's what Goochland High coach Joe Fowler had to say about Cooke:
"Colby possesses all the abilities you'd want in a punter/kicker. He has the technique and size to compete right away. Colby kicked off the ground as a senior. That 51-yarder he made in the championship game would have been successful in the college game."