Vanderbilt Commodores National Signing Day Recap


Vanderbilt Commodores

      • 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’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


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