Last weekend, Vanderbilt seemed late to the party on commitments with no one committed to its class of 2017. The private school is not likely a candidate to wait on high-powered recruits to commit and needed to secure its class quickly and early.
In a matter of a week, the Commodores have gotten a good jump on recruiting, securing some major targets and changing the narrative on its recruiting this summer.
Friday saw the biggest wave of commitments yet for Vanderbilt, with three players committing to the Commodores to bring the class up to eight. All committed in the last week.
And these were some of Vanderbilt’s biggest targets.
Top defensive end targets Dayo Odeyingbo and Jalen Pinkney committed to Vanderbilt before the school’s Friday Night Lights camp. Safety Tae Daley followed suit after the camp’s conclusion.
Both Odeyingbo and Pinkney have brothers who played for Vanderbilt, and Daley cited Vanderbilt’s academic prestige as his reason for committing to the school, according to Jesse Johnson of 247Sports. Vanderbilt also may have received a few other commitments after the camp, keeping that recruiting momentum going.
Odeyingbo is a three-star defensive end from Carrollton, Texas. He is rated the No. 35 strongside defensive end in the country, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He was considering offers from Mississippi State, Texas A&M and Baylor.
Pinkney is a three-star defensive end from Norcross, Ga. He is rated the No. 32 strongside defensive end in the country according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He had interest from South Carolina, Georgia and Arkansas, among other schools.
Daley is a three-star safety from Warner Robins, Ga. He is rated the No. 58 safety in the country, according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. He had offers from South Carolina and Wisconsin, among other schools.
All three were top defensive targets for Vanderbilt and are major gets for the program as the class of 2017 has begun to take a clearer shape. And it certainly feels like there are more coming for the Commodores.