Vanderbilt football coach Derek Mason nixed rumors this week that he’s leaving the Commodores for California. Instead, Mason is committed to filling out his 2017 recruiting class and filling several needs as National Signing Day rapidly approaches on Feb. 1.
The Cal job opened with the firing of Sonny Dykes. As reports popped about his interest, Mason put them to rest.
Regarding Cal rumors….to my team, our fans & #GoldRush17, I'm firmly Anchored Down in Nashville. Let's Ride! ?
— Derek Mason (@CoachDerekMason) January 11, 2017
That said, it was a slow week for Vanderbilt, which hasn’t landed a hard commit since OT Jonathan Stewart pledged his allegiance to Mason and the Commodores on Christmas Day.
We breakdown Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class with three weeks to go before signing day.
Where Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked
Vanderbilt held tight at No. 64 this week, trailing No. 63 Colorado State in 247Sports’ composite ratings. That ranks the Commodores ahead of Bill Snyder’s Kansas State program at No. 65 and No. 66 Houston led by Major Applewhite — putting Mason’s 2017 recruiting class ahead of one of the most experienced and least experienced head coaches in college football.
Vanderbilt continues to dwell in the basement among SEC classes, however. The next closest conference recruiting class is Ole Miss, which is No. 45 in the 247Sports list. By the way, 11 SEC teams are in the ranking’s top 25.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top 2017 commitments?
Mason has 14 players — all of whom are 3-star prospects — committed to wear black and gold this fall. Topping that list is pro-style quarterback Jacob Free. Following Free on the list is Bryce Bailey, the man will be tasked to protect the signal-caller. Bailey is one of four offensive linemen in the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class.
Here are the top commits.
Who committed to Vanderbilt in the last week?
Vanderbilt hasn’t lured a new commit during the 2017 calendar year, but Mason welcomed two players to campus via early enrollment.
Dimitri Moore, the third-highest-ranked player in the Commodores’ recruiting class, got a head start on the rest of his incoming freshman by enrolling on Jan. 9. The 3-star prospect is ranked No. 45 in the nation at the outside linebacker position.
Joining Moore as an early arrival in Nashville is Tae Daley, a 3-star safety out of Northside (Ga.) High School.
Who de-committed from Vanderbilt this week?
Mason lost just one commit to date, Adam Sparks. The cornerback dropped his commitment to Vanderbilt on Dec. 16, only to flip to Missouri 10 days later.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top uncommitted targets?
Georgetown (Texas) High School wide receiver Beau Corrales will visit Nashville on Jan. 20. Corrales, a 3-star prospect, has been a hot name of late thanks to a strong senior campaign in which he hauled in 1,205 yards and 14 touchdowns. Corrales will also pay visits to North Carolina and Virginia before signing day — narrowing his likely choices to those three schools, plus Indiana and Utah.
PRO-STYLE QB (1)
James Bostic Jr.
Geography of the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class
- Florida (3)
- Georgia (3)
- Texas (3)
- Alabama (2)