September 15, 2011

Commodores add Alabama DL

Vanderbilt picked up its 17th commitment of the 2012 class on Wednesday night when Opelika (Ala.) defensive end Torey Agee pledged to the Commodores. The 6-foot-3 and a half, 250-pound lineman announced his decision on Facebook shortly after he made his choice and then confirmed the news with the Opelika Auburn Now News. VandySports.com has been able to confirm the decision threw a third source.

Agee, ranked 32nd by Rivals.com in the Alabama state rankings, gives the Commodores a versatile defensive performer that could line up on the edge or slide inside to play defensive tackle. A standout at the Rivals.com/VTO Sports Alabama Elite 100 camp in April, Agee impressed many with his long arms and solid frame as well as his technique, quickness and competitiveness.

The three-star prospect's junior season was limited due to injury, causing the standout to register only 30 tackles and a couple of sacks, but the disruptive player still caught the eye of colleges all over the south. He received around 10 scholarship offers this spring, picking up his offer from Vanderbilt in April.

Stanford, Duke, Southern Miss, Memphis, UAB, Arkansas State and Western Kentucky were among some of the other schools that offered while programs such as Georgia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Nebraska also showed significant interest.

Agee visited a handful of schools during the summer, including Vanderbilt in July and the Commodore staff has pursued the high-motor prospect ever since.

Agee stated in a report by the Opelika Auburn News that his decision was based both off the kind of academics Vanderbilt University has to offer as well as the direction in which new Commodore head coach James Franklin has turned the program.

Agee carries a 4.21 weighted GPA and has an interest in computer engineering.

His commitment gives Vanderbilt a well-rounded and solid five pledges for the defensive line, joining Nashville defensive end Caleb Azubike, Dallas (Ga.) defensive tackle LaDarius Banks, Tucker (Ga.) defensive end Josh Dawson and Kennesaw (Ga.) defensive end Tre Griffin.

Agee's father, Tommie Agee, was a standout running back at Auburn University, rushing for over 1,700 yards in the Tigers famed backfield that also included Heisman Trophy winner Bo Jackson and Brent Fulwood. The elder Agee then went on to play seven seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Dallas Cowboys, where he was a blocker alongside Daryl Johnston for Hall of Famer Emmett Smith. Agee won two Super Bowl rings with the Cowboys.

Torey Agee has been clocked at a 4.8 in the forty-yard dash and benches over 300 pounds. He holds the Opelika High power clean record. The Bulldogs have produced a number of SEC players over the years including Auburn standouts Will Herring and T.J. Jackson as well as LSU talent Melvin Oliver.






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