While Derek Mason and Vanderbilt are hard at work on the recruiting trail, Vanderbilt failed to garner any commits this past week.
We break down where the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class stands in the run up to National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
Where Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked
Vanderbilt’s week without commitments has hurt the school’s ranking, as Mason’s program slid from No. 57 in the nation a week ago to No. 66 in the FBS.
With a 145.97 composite rating, according to 247 Sports, the Commodores rank percentage points behind No. 65 Kansas State and just ahead of No. 67 Boise State. Vanderbilt no longer holds the penultimate recruiting class in the SEC, falling to the conference cellar after Ole Miss jumped from No. 61 to No. 46 (No. 13 SEC) with the signings of WDE Markel Winters, ILB Brenden Williams and CB Javien Hamilton.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top 2017 commitments?
Pro-style quarterback Jacob Free remains the top talent in Mason’s 2017 recruiting class. The coach is still seeking his first 4-star recruit. What could be of some concern is the class’ lack of players from the state of Tennessee, although two of Vanderbilt’s top-5 commits — OLB Dimitri Moore and SDE Dayo Odeyingbo — hail from recruiting hotbed Texas.
Who committed to Vanderbilt in the last week?
Vanderbilt played the waiting game another week in terms of hard commitments. In fact, Mason hasn’t received an official commitment since S Nico Bolden pledged to the program on Nov. 21.
One player on the Commodores’ radar is wide receiver Waydale Jones of Jones High School in Beeville, Texas. The former basketball prospect enjoyed a big senior year, in which he grabbed 115 catches for 1,979 yards to go along with 30 touchdowns.
The incumbent District 31-4A Basketball Offensive Player of the Year, however, might need some coaxing off the hardwood and onto the gridiron.
Mason has shown interest of late in adding another wide receiver to his 2018 class by extending an offer to Michael Woods, who caught 75 passes for 1,456 yards and 21 touchdowns for Magnolia (Texas) High School as a junior.
Who de-committed from Vanderbilt this week?
Vanderbilt did not lose any commitments in the last week. Haynie, a 3-star talent and No. 66 cornerback in the nation, took an official visit to Indiana last weekend. According to 247 Sports’ crystal ball predictions, the Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) High School recruit has about an 80 percent chance of eschewing Nashville for D.J. Durkin and Maryland.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top uncommitted targets?
Vanderbilt is seeking to bulk up its offensive line by targeting Cole Clemens, a 3-star lineman from Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah. At 6-foot-5, 286 pounds, Clemens would provide nice size to a unit that ranked No. 12 in the SEC in 2016 in sacks allowed. Another target that would help the line is Jonathan Stewart out of Mountain View High School in Lawrenceville, Ga. The 6-foot-8 Stewart tips the scales at a hulking 290 pounds. Clemens and Stewart are among the top 3 targets for Vanderbilt, ranking at No. 96 and No. 171, respectively in 247 Sports’ compositing ratings among offensive tackles. The addition of the duo would give Mason four new players along his offensive front entering camp this summer.
Defensively, 3-star defensive end Ryan Thaxton is the team’s top targeted recruit on that side of the ball. Thaxton has reopened his recruiting after initially signing with Virginia.
PRO-STYLE QB (1)
Bryce Bailey, Grant Miller
Dimitri Moore, Colin Anderson
Randall Haynie, Adam Sparks
Tae Daley, Nico Bolden
Geography of the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class
- Florida (3)
- Texas (3)
- Alabama (2)
- Georgia (2)
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.