- SEC TEAM RANK: No. 14
- NATIONAL TEAM RANK: No. 52
- LAST YEAR’S FINISH: No. 12 in SEC; No. 26 in nation.
- NO. 1 CURRENT RECRUIT: DB Emmanuel Smith (No. 302 in nation).
- FINAL TARGETS: DE Nifae Lealao (No. 103).
- WHAT SURPRISES LIE AHEAD?: Not necessarily surprises. National signing day is a key day for the Commodores mainly because they’re trying to add their top overall recruit–former Stanford commitment Nifae Lealao, who may end up following new coach Derek Mason to Vandy. What Mason has done in the past few days is nothing short of amazing. Granted, before James Franklin left for Penn State, this was a top 25 or top 30 type of class, but Mason has taken a group that two weeks ago had 7 kids remaining and has turned it into one that will probably have 20. And several of those 20 have been kids he’s been able to talk out of commitments to other schools. What can you say? Mason’s done the best he could with only days to work with–and he should be commended.
- SDS WEDNESDAY ‘DRAMA’ RATING (1 TO 5): Maybe a 3, depending on how many sleepers out there Vandy is willing to bring in.
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.
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|
|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|
|Bryce Lewis||DB||Lilburn, GA||5’11″||167||3|
|Hawkins Mann||DE||Burbank, CA||6’4″||220||2|
|Andrew Mike||OL||Tucson, AZ||6’7″||270||3|
|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|
|Davis Winkie||LS||Cumming, GA||6’6″||250||2|
|Charles Wright||DE||Irvine, CA||6’3″||220||2|