Vandy’s Mason gets to work, has now ‘flipped’ 7 recruits


Thanks to strange timing in Vanderbilt’s coaching change, new coach Derek Mason hasn’t had much time to work with to repair a recruiting class that was in shambles.

On Dec. 31, Vanderbilt looked like a top 25 class under coach James Franklin. On Jan. 31, the program only had 7 of those 20 recruits still committed, with just days to go before national signing day. But Mason has brought the number up to 15 commitments, adding eight total recruits and six just this past weekend.

Mason has actually ‘flipped’ seven of the eight commitments he has brought in. That’s recruiting jargon meaning the players dropped previous commitments to come on board with the Commodores.

Since quarterbacks K.J. Carta-Samuels (switched to Washington) and Trace McSorley (switched Penn State) bolted after Franklin did, the Commodores needed a quarterback. They added Shawn Stankavage, an East Carolina commitment who promptly jumped ship to climb aboard with Vandy. The funny thing is, he was only on board with East Carolina for about a week.

Stankavage (6-2/185) began turning heads after a senior season at Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh (N.C.) in which he threw for 3,564 yards and 34 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,058 yards and 13 TDs.

Mason also added two defensive ends from his former state, California: Charles Wright (6-3/220) and Hawkins Mann (6-4/220). Mann was a former Boise State commitment and Wright was a former San Jose State commit. New DB Tre Tarpley is from Pittsburgh (Pa.) and was previously committed to Boston College, while Tennessee OL product Bruno Reagan was formerly a South Florida recruit. The final pick up was long snapper Davis Winkie from Georgia.

Mason’s previous two Vandy commits–Khari Blasingame and Rashad Canty–were also committed to other schools. Blasingame was with Minnesota and Canty was with Appalachian State.

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