There are only 10 Vanderbilt commitments left on board with the program thanks to coach James Franklin leaving for Penn State. Three of those 10 talked to Saturday Down South over the weekend, applauding the new hire of Derek Mason.
They are happy with Mason’s connection with the highly successful football program at academic power Stanford–first coaching with Jim Harbaugh and then David Shaw.
“I’m really excited about it,” cornerback commit Tre Herndon told SDS. “Coach Mason seems like a great guy and a very intelligent coach. Our A.D. did a great job on the new hire, and I can’t wait to meet Coach Mason next weekend on our official visit. I wouldn’t say that things got messy (in the past week), just a lot of uncertainty–at least on my part because I didn’t really know what was going on. But now everything is squared away and I’m ready to go.”
Quarterback/athlete Trace McSorley is now the lone QB in the class, now that K.J. Carta-Samuels is back on the market.
“Yeah, (Mason) is a great hire, and I’m excited to meet him,” McSorley told SDS. “I know he’s a really good coach and has had a lot of success at Stanford.”
Dallas Rivers, one of several Division I commitments from Stephenson H.S. in Georgia, stuck with the Commodores through the volatility. In the past years, he has held offers from Tennessee, Arizona, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and West Virginia–but he didn’t budge when the coaching change happened, while many others did.
“I believe this was a great hire,” Rivers told SDS. “Coach Mason is a good coach and knows how to win. Vandy will continue being successful and getting better every year.”