January 28, 2007
Ashabranner didn't want to leave
In mid-May, the Vanderbilt coaching staff secured a verbal commitment from one of Lone Star state's top five private school players when Cathedral (TX) defensive tackle Rob Ashabranner pledged to the Commodores after a month long courtship. The 6-foot-2, 265 pound Beaumont native was a first team TAPPS All-State performer and had impressed the Commodores with his speed and versatility.
In 2006, Ashabranner would again be named first team TAPPS All-State as well as District 4-3 Defensive Most Valuable Player after racking up 68 tackles, with 17 coming for loss, six sacks, five forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries. Ashabranner would also see time at a new position as the defensive tackle/offensive guard would move to starting quarterback for the Warriors after the third game of the season. Ashabranner would pass for 1,192 yards and 12 touchdowns, connecting on 86-of-186 pass attempts.
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