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Clair Watkins eager, ready for Vandy play

Clair Watkins

Signs of the Southeastern Conference were clearly visible at Vanderbilt freshman Clair Watkins' home in Mint Hill, N.C. A floor mat with a solo black G on a red background led to the discovery of Georgia ties to her father, who spent three years in Athens before graduating elsewhere. Nearby, a random car parked at her next-door neighbor's house sported an orange T on the front bumper.

But it's the homemade notice of ‘Dore fever that really catches the eye when the family mini-van cruises the area – a hand drawn bumper sticker that announces to drivers: Vanderbilt Commodores Mom. Clair also fastened a hand-lettered Vandy sign to her own car's steering wheel, a daily imprint of the program's belief in her abilities. Scarred from a Blue Devil bite, former Duke recruit Clair...

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