The lone holdover from the previous coaching staff at Vanderbilt, running backs coach Charles Bankins is finishing up his fourth season in Nashville as the Commodores’ top recruiter, an assistant with an extensive background on offense and special teams.

During his time in the SEC, Bankins has pulled several key contributors from the state of Georgia including this year’s second-team tailback Dallas Rivers. Rivers, a true freshman, played in all 12 games behind Ralph Webb as the team’s power option.

There are several key uncommitted targets remaining for Bankins during this recruiting cycle including Micah Abernathy, an athletic cornerback out of Norcross, Ga.

Bankins’ top all-time commits at Vanderbilt

  • Three-star ATH Dallas Rivers, Stone Mountain, Ga. (2014 class)
  • Three-star WR Carlos Burse, Alpharetta, Ga. (2013 class)
  • Three-star S Jalen Banks, Harvey, Ill. (2013 class)

Primary current targets

  • Four-star RB Jacques Patrick, Orlando (2015 class)
  • Four-star CB Micah Abernathy, Norcross, Ga. (2015 class)
  • Four-star OL Kaleb Kim, Hoschton, Ga. (2015 class)


  • 2014: Private

Notable coaching stops

  • 2009-10: Maryland; tight ends, special teams
  • 2007-08: Richmond; running backs, special teams

History with Commodores

The Maryland native joined James Franklin’s first-year staff at Vanderbilt in 2011 and was a member of two nine-win teams, a first in Commodores history. He worked as the team’s tight ends coach and special teams coordinator before moving into his current role as assistant for running backs this season. Active on Twitter with fans, you can follow Bankins here.