- SEC TEAM RANK: No. 14
- NATIONAL TEAM RANK: No. 46
- LAST YEAR’S FINISH: No. 12 in SEC; No. 26 in nation.
- NO. 1 CURRENT RECRUIT: DE Nifae Lealao (No. 103 nationally).
- SDS ‘SLEEPER’ STAR: DB Tre Herndon has stayed loyal to Vanderbilt through all of the craziness of the coaching change. Seems like a leader to me.
- SUM THE DAY UP: Vanderbilt actually signed one of the most impressive SEC recruits of signing day in DE Nifae Lealao, who is a former Stanford commitment. He and a couple of other recruits came in at the last second. It’s been a busy couple of days.
- OVERALL: This class was sunk two weeks ago, but new coach Derek Mason shored up the group and has 21 on board as of 5 p.m. (and don’t be surprised if somebody else shows up at this rate). This is a great salvage job for a class that was down to 7 just days after James Franklin left for Penn State. Next year’s class is going to be very important.
Editor’s note: All team and individual ratings referenced by Saturday Down South are according to 247Sports.com’s composite ranking, which averages all services. Team rankings are as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Here’s a look at the current commitments, with ranking and early enrollment details:
|Khari Blasingame||DB||New Market, AL||6’1″||205||3|
|Rashad Canty||WR||Riverdale, GA||6’4″||205||3|
|Sekou Clark||DE||Denton, TX||6’3”||235||3|
|Wade Freebeck||QB||Fort Lauderdale, FL||6’3″||180||3|
|Bailey Granier||OL||Galliano, LA||6’7″||320||3|
|Cole Hardin||OL||Florence, AL||6’5″||293||3|
|Tre Herndon||DB||Ooltewah, TN||6’0″||170||3|
|Nifae Lealao||DE||Sacramento, CA||6’5”||285||4|
|Bryce Lewis||DB||Lilburn, GA||5’11″||167||3|
|Hawkins Mann||DE||Burbank, CA||6’4″||220||2|
|Ronald Monroe||ATH||Richmond, TX||6’2″||175||3|
|Bruno Reagan||OL||Clarksville, TN||6’3″||300||3|
|Dallas Rivers||RB||Stone Mountain, GA||6’0″||198||3|
|Caleb Scott||WR||Suwanee, GA||6’3″||180||3|
|Trent Sherfield||ATH||Danville, IL||6’1″||184||3|
|Emmanuel Smith||DB||Murfreesboro, TN||6’2″||202||4|
|Shawn Stankavage||QB||Raleigh, NC||6’2″||185||3|
|Tre Tarpley||DB||Pittsburgh, PA||6’1″||190||3|
|Riley Tindol||OL||Prattville, AL||6’6”||270||2|
|Ladarius Wiley||WR||Los Angeles, CA||6’1”||185||3|
|Davis Winkie||LS||Cumming, GA||6’6″||250||2|
|Charles Wright||DE||Irvine, CA||6’3″||220||2|