Chalk another one up for Derek Mason.
The new Vanderbilt coach has flipped seven recruits from other schools, and on Monday he landed a prized offensive tackle that Florida and Arkansas wanted very badly–Arizona product Andrew Mike, the guy with two first names. He is a high end three-star prospect, and as the recruiting race tightened and national signing day came near, he became a hotter and hotter commodity in which three SEC programs and a bunch of Pac 12 teams were vying for his services. He is 6-foot-7, 270 pounds, obviously a frame that can be worked with in the weight room.
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He had visited Florida and Arkansas in January, as well as Washington in the fall. But in the end he decided Mason and Vanderbilt offered what he wanted most. Arkansas wanted him to pair up with four-star Frank Ragnow to create one of the finder late tandem pickups in the SEC. Ragnow committed late last week. Florida has major needs on the offensive line and could have used his help too.
Vanderbilt has quickly built its class back up to 16 commitments after dropping to a low of eight at one point since James Franklin left to take the head coaching job at Penn State. Seven of those new pickups have come in the last three days.