January 31, 2012
National Signing Day arrives Wednesday and Rivals.com will have every twist and turn, hat-donning antics covered throughout the day. Rivals.com analysts look at some of the top stories in each region, both hot topics that played out prior to Wednesday and others still to come.
In Nashville, Vanderbilt is on the verge of putting together arguably its best class of the modern era. Right now, the Commodores are No. 23 in the team rankings, ahead of programs such as Nebraska, Oklahoma State, TCU and Wisconsin. All 22 Vanderbilt commits have a three-star rating or above, something no other team in the SEC East can boast.
At the beginning of this class, Gunner Kiel was no one's pick to have the strangest recruiting ride. A Midwest kid who had two older brothers already go through the process, Kiel looked destined for a straightforward recruitment. Two decommitments later, Kiel wound up enrolling at Notre Dame - the school everyone expected him to pick in the first place - the week classes started for the second semester in South Bend.
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