The Vanderbilt Commodores struggled in head coach Derek Mason’s first season. The Commodores finished 3-9 (0-8 SEC) and looked abysmal in several areas. However, Vanderbilt is fortunate to return the majority of its starting lineup after being forced to play underclassmen due to a lack of depth. The Commodores’ young roster should be improved in 2015 with gained experience, but still needs to make adjustments and add recruits to become a contender in the SEC.

Here’s a look at Vanderbilt’s biggest recruiting needs.

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Who’s leaving: Joe Townsend, Andrew Bridges, Ryan Brockway,

Vanderbilt’s offensive line was its highest ranked position group in 2014. The o-line ranked No. 7 in tackles for loss allowed and No. 41 in sacks allowed. But with starting center Joe Townsend’s departure, as well as starting guards Spencer Pulley and Jake Bernstein entering their final seasons, the Commodores must prepare for the future and focus on signing offensive linemen in 2015.

Wide Receiver

Who’s leaving: Trey Wilkins

Vanderbilt lacked a true No. 1 wide receiver in 2014. C.J. Duncan was second in receiving yards (441) to tight end Steven Scheu and tied the junior for a team-best four touchdowns. However, Duncan was the only wide receiver to record more than 100 yards in a game for the Commodores, a feat he accomplished once against Charleston Southern in Week 7.


Who’s leaving: Stephen Rivers

Vanderbilt’s quarterback roulette was the most blatant cause of the team’s struggles in 2014. The Commodores started all four quarterbacks — Patton Robinette, Stephen Rivers, Johnny McCrary and Wade Freebeck — and made more than 10 changes throughout the season. Vanderbilt still hadn’t figured out its quarterback situation in its final game, playing both McCrary and Robinette in a loss to Tennessee.

The Commodores have a commitments from pro-style quarterback Kyle Shurmur and Kyle Anderton who, despite being recruited as a tight end, started at quarterback during the majority of his high school career.