We’re entering crunch time for Derek Mason and Vanderbilt to pad the program’s 2017 recruiting class. With National Signing day rapidly approaching on Wednesday, the Commodores are making their final push to land a few more names while securing the 15 hard commits they already have.
We break down where Mason’s class stands with less than a week to go before the fax machines begin blaring.
Where Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting class is ranked
Vanderbilt experienced an uptick in its national ranking this week, per 247Sports composite rankings, jumping four spots to No. 61. The Commodores trail No. 60 Colorado State and sit ahead of No. 62 Boston College.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top 2017 commitments?
Derek Mason is building the future of his program by doing what he does best. That’s defense. In particular, Vanderbilt’s 2017 class is shaping up to be one that will get after quarterbacks, with three pass-rushing specialists among the top-5 players.
All told, Vanderbilt’s 15 commitments are all of the 3-star variety.
Who committed to Vanderbilt in the last week?
The new name among Vanderbilt’s top-five recruits is the reason for the Commodores’ rise in 247Sports’ composite rankings. Stone Edwards committed to Derek Mason’s program on Jan. 22 out of Orange High School in Hillsborough, N.C.
Edwards gives Vanderbilt two strong-side defensive ends among its top-3 players along with Dayo Odeyinbgo, and three defensive ends in its 2017 class, including Jalen Pinkney on the weak side. At 6-4, 240 pounds, Edwards is a bit underweight for defensive end, but is still talented enough to rank the 3-star prospect No. 26 in the nation at the position.
— Stone Edwards (@StoneEdwards3) January 22, 2017
Who de-committed from Vanderbilt in the last week?
Derek Mason has seen just one recruit de-commit from Nashville. That was cornerback Adam Sparks, who eschewed Vanderbilt for a chance to play for Barry Odom and Missouri.
Who are Vanderbilt’s top uncommitted targets?
Vanderbilt announced this week that it will play a two-game series with Hawaii, beginning with the 2022 season. The timing couldn’t be much better as Mason is actively pursuing several players from the Aloha State for his 2017 class.
Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa, another strong-side defensive end, and ILB Feleti Afemui top the Commodores’ list of uncommitted targets. While Afemui is a 100-percent 247Sports crystal ball prediction to sign with Vanderbilt, Mason is contending with Notre Dame and Southern California for Tagovailoa-Amosa’s services.
Vanderbilt is bringing Tagovailoa-Amosa to Nashville for an official visit this weekend, along with cornerback and current Richmond-commit Allan George.
If either of the Hawaii players sign, it’s highly unlikely that either of them still would be eligible by the time Vanderbilt plays its first-ever game off the continental United States.
Mason appears to be stockpiling defensive ends. The next uncommitted target being heavily pursued by the coach is SDE/OLB Michael Owusu — who officially visited on Jan. 20.
Vanderbilt is looking to flip several commits, but the odds of luring the likes of defensive backs Willie Langham and Rodney Owens to campus dwindles by the day. Same goes for Brandon Smith, who would help with the Commodores’ need for wide receivers.
CB Raheem Layne, who recently de-committed from Minnesota’s 2017 class, is also an intriguing target for the Commodores.
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Geography of the Commodores’ 2017 recruiting class (15)
- Florida (3)
- Georgia (3)
- Texas (3)
- Alabama (2)
- North Carolina