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Monster weekend

There are some big things happening off of West End Avenue in Nashville, Tenn. Coming off of a bowl birth in the first season of the James Franklin regime at Vanderbilt, the coaching staff has put together an outstanding early effort on the recruiting front for the class of 2013. This weekend could see a boost to that already strong start.

Jordan Wilkins will be one of the high priority targets on campus.

At this early stage in the 2013 recruiting cycle, Vanderbilt is already ranked as the No. 24 recruiting class in the country. With the Commodores very much under consideration with some major prospects around the country, that ranking looks like it could continue to rise.

If that ranking does rise, this weekend will have a lot to do with it.

On Friday, Vanderbilt kicks off the weekend with its prospect camp and then returns on Sunday to host some talented prospects from around the region at its second camp of the weekend. Sandwiched in between the two camps, James Franklin and his staff will be hosting some elite prospects, commitments and targets for its annual event “Cookout with Da Dores”.

The Saturday cookout is where the Commodores hope to make a strong impression on some of the top targets on their recruiting board. A good day on Saturday could be a spring board to a good day on the first Wednesday in February.

With the exception of quarterback Chad Kanoff out of California and safety commit Malik Greaves, every current verbal commitment in the class of 2013 is expected to be in attendance for Saturday’s event.

A big part of the day is current commitments getting an opportunity to bond and form relationships not only with the Vanderbilt coaching staff but with each other as well. It also allows those prospects the chance to meet some of the other targets that Vanderbilt is chasing and exchange perspectives.

On Saturday, Vanderbilt will be chasing some big game.

Jalen Ramsey, the top player in the state of Tennessee and one of the top cornerbacks in the country has already confirmed that he will be in attendance and is a top priority for the Vanderbilt staff. The in-state prospect is expected to be joined by fellow in-state four-stars Corn Elder and Jordan Wilkins.

In addition, three-star DT Sean Spencer out of Newnan (Ga.) Northgate and three-star WR Dominic Walker out of Orlando (Fla.) Jones both are highly-anticipated attendees that have the Commodores high on their lists.

Other names of note that could be on campus on Saturday include Mack Weaver out of Memphis (Tenn.) Harding Academy, Jalen Banks out of Harvey, Ill. and four-star wide receiver Juwaan Williams out of Tucker, Ga.

Don’t be surprised to see a few elite 2014 prospects in attendance as well and one has already confirmed that he’ll be there in Kentucky quarterback prospect Drew Barker.

Combining the talent-laden “Cookout with Da Dores” with what should be a very good camp weekend, and you’ve got the biggest weekend to date for the 2013 recruiting class.

Buckle up.

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