In what Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason is tabbing an “innovative approach,” the Commodores have unveiled a new structure to their player personnel department.
The five-person team will be led by former Nebraska administrator Austen Everson, who was named as the Vanderbilt director of player personnel. Eric Lammers was named as the director of recruiting.
Tyler Barnes previously served as the director of player personnel for Vanderbilt during Mason’s first two seasons.
“I couldn’t be more excited to have these talented individuals joining our program,” Mason said, according to a Vanderbilt athletics release. “They’re my ‘Dream Team’ because each brings tremendous abilities, energy and enthusiasm to Vanderbilt University. They are going to help us strengthen our roster by attracting Vanderbilt Men to West End.
“This will be an innovative approach that is tailored to help us attract the very best to Vanderbilt. Going forward, we will better focus on all areas of the recruiting process – early evaluation, fit, strong relationships and character – to make sure we maximize all of our 85 scholarships,” Mason added.
After going much of the 2017 recruiting season without a commitment, the Commodores have added 10 verbal commitments since June 17.
The strategy involved obviously was not revealed, but the release claims a new, innovative approach will be brought to the talent evaluation process for the Commodores.
It will be interesting to see if there is any noticeable change to the way the Commodores conduct business on the recruiting trail as a result of the reorganization.