2017 Vanderbilt Commodores Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Vanderbilt Commodores Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
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Vanderbilt Commodores Recruiting Class Overview
There aren’t a ton of stars coming in – at least compared to the rest of the SEC – but it’s an okay class considering the restrictions always on the program that needs to find really smart football players. The defense gets the most help with plenty of defensive backs and a few good-looking linebackers. Dimtri Moore is a safety-sized defender who could end up at linebacker if he doesn’t find a home in the secondary, and that goes for Nico Bolden, who could be an undersized outside linebacker if he’s not in the defensive backfield. The offensive line got a few strong prospects in Bryce Bailey for the outside and Grant Miller for the interior, while Jacob Free could be the key to the whole thing if he’s the quarterback who can eventually make the mediocre passing game fly.
The Vanderbilt Commodores Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive backs. The entire defense gets the most talent with a slew of fast defensive ends and decent-looking linebackers, but the secondary gets the most help with several good-sized prospects. Tae Daley is the best of the lot – a 6-0, 180-pound safety – while Randall Haynie leads an interesting group of corners. Will some of them work at receiver? Possibly, but the depth will be there on the other side.
The Star of the Vanderbilt Commodores Class Is …
QB Jacob Free, 6-5, 200, Brantley, AL – The quarterback of the future signed on relatively early, and can he be in the hunt for playing time early to help out a sketchy passing game? He’s got the size, the arm, and the pro-style passing skills to push the ball deep, and he can move a little bit, too. While he didn’t get a slew of big-time offers, Louisville and Memphis made a push.
The Vanderbilt Commodores Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Disruptive defensive playmakers. There are still plenty of Commodores who did big things last year, but the two stars behind the line were DT Adam Butler and LB Zach Cunningham, and they’re gone. Cunningham was the team’s leading tackler, but fellow inside linebacker Ja’karri Thomas made his share of plays, too, finishing tied for fourth on the team with 59 tackles. Losing top corner Torren McGaster doesn’t help, either.