Vanderbilt is looking to build off the momentum that Derek Mason’s program built down the stretch of the 2016 season, hoping that inertia spills over into recruiting.
We examine the Commodores and their quest to build a 2018 recruiting class.
Where Vanderbilt’s 2018 recruiting class ranks
Vanderbilt might have only three players in its 2018 recruiting class, but a sturdy nucleus on offense is in place courtesy of highly touted players at quarterback, wide receiver and center.
As a result, the Commodores rank No. 42 nationally and No. 10 in the SEC, ahead of Tennessee (No. 43) and Georgia (No. 49), as well as unranked Ole Miss and Missouri, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top commitments?
Derek Mason’s 2018 class is highlighted by a pair of New Jersey prospects who are part of a package deal in Allan Walters and Daniel Dawkins. Walters, a 4-star recruit, is quite familiar with Dawkins, who played center with the pro-style quarterback at The Peddie Academy in Hightstown, N.J.
Dawkins isn’t piggybacking off Walter’s success. The 3-star recruit is considered the No. 6 overall center in the nation. At 6-foot-3, 296 pounds, Dawkins is about as strong as they come with a bench press of 405 pounds and a 635-pound deadlift, according to 247Sports.
Who committed to Vanderbilt this week?
Dawkins was the last recruit to commit to Vanderbilt, doing so on March 30. His declaration capped a solid week for head coach Derek Mason, who garnered a commitment from 3-star athlete Miles Jones four days earlier.
Jones lists at 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, but has blistering speed. The wide receiver is a member of an American Heritage School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) 4×100 relay team that has the fastest time in the nation this year. The quartet also features Anthony Schwartz (who is considering Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Southern Cal, LSU, Oregon, Miami, Notre Dame, Louisville and Michigan) and Florida signee Marco Wilson.
Who de-committed from Vanderbilt this week?
Vanderbilt hasn’t lost the commitment from any player since 4-star athlete Alontae Taylor de-committed from the Commodores on May 12, 2016.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top uncommitted prospects?
Vanderbilt recently welcomed Alston Orji as part of the 4-star inside linebacker’s barnstorming tour of the SEC, which also took him on visits to Georgia and LSU. Orji praised Derek Mason and his staff for their honesty and dedication to making not just better football players but better people.
Vanderbilt was the first SEC school to offer Miles Marshall of Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview. Marshall is drawing interest from Auburn and South Carolina, among others.
The Commodores are also a finalist to land IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) 3-star DT Josh Walker, who included Vanderbilt on his list of 10 teams this past week.
It’s never too early to look to the future, which is what Mason did on Tuesday, offering Class of 2018 defensive back Joseph Charleston. The 6-2, 190-pound prospect from Atlanta would be the first member of Vanderbilt’s 2019 class.
As for the immediate future, Mason has offered 190 athletes. Of those recruits, five of them are 5-star talents, including QBs Trevor Lawrence and Justin Fields, S Tyreke Johnson, as well as OTs Jackson Carman and Cade Mays.
But don’t hold your breath for those five to find their way to Nashville. Three of them are already committed elsewhere.
Allan Walters, 4-star
Daniel Dawkins, 3-star
Miles Jones, 3-star
Geography of Vanderbilt recruiting class
- New Jersey (2)
- Florida (1)