Assessing Vanderbilt's current 2015 recruiting class
The Vanderbilt Commodores finished the 2014 season with a 3-9 (0-8 SEC) record under first-year coach Derek Mason. The Commodores fielded a young roster that had 10 freshmen end the season as staters. Vanderbilt needs to see success on the recruiting trail if it hopes to accomplish its rebuilding plans. Here’s a look at Vanderbilt’s current recruiting class using 247Sports‘ Composite rankings.
1. Donovan Sheffield, CB, 5-11, 170, Nashville, Tenn., Four-Star: Sheffield committed to Vanderbilt last May. He ranks as the No. 9 player in the state of Tennessee and the No. 25 cornerback in the nation. His best attributes are his reactive quickness, change of direction and ball skills.
2. Josh Smith, ILB, 6-3, 218, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Four-Star: Smith committed to Vanderbilt last July, less than a month after receiving an offer. He ranks as the No. 6 player in Arizona and the No. 29 strong side defensive end.
3. Caleb Peart, SDE, 6-0, 240, Chandler, Ariz., Three-Star
4. Kyle Shurmur, Pro-Style QB, 6-4, 215, Glenside, Pa., Three-Star
5. Dare Odeyingbo, ILB, 6-1, 243, Irving, Texas, Three-Star: Odeyingbo committed to Vanderbilt this past August. He relies on natural abilities, with great athleticism and instincts.
6. Justin Skule, OT, 6-6, 280, Clifton, Va., Three-Star
7. Josh Crawford, RB, 5-11, 214, Elmore, Ala., Three-Star
8. Andrew Rector, S, 6-1, 190, Nashville, Tenn., Three-Star: Rector recommitted from Wake Forest and committed to Vanderbilt this past November. However, the safety broke his leg the night after receiving a scholarship offer. Head coach Derek Mason reassured him that the team would stick by the offer and he will remain a part of the Commodores recruiting class.
9. Ean Pfeifer, OT, 6-5, 285, Bentonville, Ark., Three-Star
10. Sam Dobbs, TE, 6-4, 220, Fairburn, Ga., Three-Star:
11. Kyle Anderton, TE, 6-4, 260, Gallatin, Tenn., Three-Star: Anderton played the majority of his high school career as a quarterback, throwing passes to Tennessee freshman Josh Malone, when the two played together for three years at Station Camp. But the dual-sport athlete has the tools to excel as a collegiate tight end and ranks No. 54 overall for the position.
12. Darlon DeBrossard, OG, 6-5, 320, Snellville, Ga., Three-Star
13. T.J. Smith, SDE, 6-3, 250, Moultrie, Ga., Three-Star: Smith committed to Vanderbilt this past November. He ranks as the No. 76 overall strong side defensive end and the No. 155 player from the state of Georgia.