MONTGOMERY, Ala. - When Opelika (Ala.) defensive end Torey Agee committed to Vanderbilt in September, he had no idea the Commodores would go 6-6 in the regular season to reach their first bowl game since 2008 and only their second in nearly three decades.
"They haven't won six games in like the last four seasons," Agee said. "It was a huge improvement. [Commodores coach] James Franklin is trying to turn the program around and stuff. I'm all in for it. I'm still 100 percent."
According to Agree, a three-star prospect competing in this week's Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic, some colleges kept recruiting him after he pledged to Vanderbilt.
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"They did at first, but I've kind of already got it out there that I'm 100 percent [to the Commodores]," Agee said. "Everything is great. [Vanderbilt] has a top-25 [recruiting] class."
The 6-feet-3, 246-pound Agee, the son of former Auburn and NFL running back Tommie Agee, isn't concerned about early playing time once he arrives at Vanderbilt. That's because academics are his top priority.
"It's not a big deal to me at all," he said of seeing action in 2012. "I'm going to Vanderbilt. Even if I don't get to play, I'm still getting a great education so that's all that matters."
This week, Agee is focused on getting better and having fun.
"I'm just down here trying to enjoy it," he said. "I don't have anything to prove. I'm not trying to get any scouts looking at me or anything. I already know where I'm going."