National Signing Day is approaching on Feb. 1. Derek Mason and his staff are making the final push to bolster their 2017 recruiting class.
We break down where the Commodores stand in the process.
Where Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked
Barring a National Signing Day boon, or collapse for that matter, Vanderbilt appears destined to remain in the mid-60s on 247Sports’ composite rankings. The Commodores fell a spot to No. 65 after another uneventful week in terms of garnering hard commitments. That leaves Derek Mason’s 2017 recruiting class just ahead of No. 66 Boise State and mere percentage points behind No. 64 Purdue.
Vanderbilt almost certainly will finish last among SEC teams. The last time the Commodores didn’t land in the conference basement in 247Sports’ composite was 2013, when they finished No. 26 in the nation and ahead of Kentucky and Missouri. That class was led by a pair of 4-star Cunninghams in OLB Zach and WR Jordan, the former being an All-American that Vanderbilt needs to replace after a stellar career.
This year’s class is shaping up to be one of the lowest-ranked in the last decade, averaging a No. 53.9 ranking in 247Sports’ composite during that time frame. At No. 65, Vanderbilt has its lowest ranked class since finishing No. 83 in 2008 and No. 69 in 2009.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top 2017 commitments?
Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class remains the same from a week ago with 14 players, all of the 3-star variety. Leading the group is pro-style quarterback Jacob Free and the man tasked with protecting him in offensive tackle Bryce Bailey. The Commodores are still looking for their first 4-star player in this year’s class, but the chances of landing one appear to be slim as we inch closer to National Signing Day.
Two recruits — OLB Dimitri Moore and S Tae Daley — have enrolled early and begun classes.
Who committed to Vanderbilt in the last week?
Derek Mason didn’t receive any hard commits last week. The program did, however, offer scholarships to DT Paul Maile (Salt Lake City, Utah) and C Daniel Dawkins (Highstown, N.J.) this week. Both players are members of the Class of 2018.
Who de-committed from Vanderbilt in the last week?
Vanderbilt didn’t lose anyone from its Class of 2017 this week, leaving CB Adam Sparks as the only hard commit to jump ship — bolting from the Commodores to Missouri in December. But Derek Mason can’t breathe a sigh of relief over his good fortunes just yet.
Notre Dame is reportedly making a push for one of Mason’s top-five hard commits in DE Dayo Odeyingbo. Helping Vanderbilt’s chances is that Dayo is the younger brother of Commodores rising junior Dare Odeyingbo, who made 21 tackles, include 4 for loss, this past season for Mason’s squad.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top uncommitted targets?
Vanderbilt lost out on one of its top uncommitted targets this week when Ryan Thaxton committed to cross-state rival Tennessee. With the 3-star defensive end off to Knoxville, that leaves Michael Owusu among one of the Commodores’ top priorities.
Despite a 67 percent chance to land Owusu, per 247Sports, Vanderbilt got some competition this week for the outside linebacker/defensive end’s services when Southern California tendered the Oaks Christian (Westlake, Calif) High School senior an offer. That brings Owusu’s offers up to 11.
Derek Mason is expected to welcome Owusu to campus for an official visit this weekend.
Vanderbilt’s top target on its list is SDE Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa. The 3-star recruit from Kapolei, Hawaii, is slated to visit campus on Jan. 27. Tagovailoa-Amosa currently holds a 100-percent chance per 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions, however, of signing with Southern Cal.
The Commodores welcomed 3-star OT Alex Palczewki to campus on Jan. 14 and is bringing in 16 recruits — 11 of them hard commits — to Nashville on Friday. Also among the group are uncommitted targets ILB Feleti Afemui, WR Chris Pierce and the aforementioned Owusu.
Recruits visiting campus on Friday who are already committed to other programs include WR Beau Corrales (North Carolina) and CB Willie Langham (Tulane).
PRO-STYLE QB (1)
James Bostic Jr.
Geography of the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class
- Florida (3)
- Georgia (3)
- Texas (3)
- Alabama (2)