The 2018 Vanderbilt Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Vanderbilt Recruiting Class Overview
It’s a terrific class under Derek Mason with SEC talents across the board. This isn’t just your normal Vanderbilt Recruit To A Type class – there are real talents and players coming in.
There isn’t much for the offensive backfield with QB Allan Walters out of New Jersey and RB Ja’veon Marlow from Florida, but there isn’t bulk talent to work with. However, the tight ends are out standing, with three solid ones led by 6-6, 215-pound Elijah McAllister out of New Jersey – he’s like a big receiver.
There’s not much for the defensive line, either. The tackles aren’t there, and Tyler Steen out of Fort Lauderdale is the lone decent defensive end. However …
The Vanderbilt Class Is Heavy On …
The Commodores are loading up in the secondary with several very good, very big prospects. It’s a versatile group with a whole lot of 6-2, 180ish pounders to develop where needed, starting with Brendon Harris from Chattanooga, a dangerous safety who spurned Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma for Vandy.
The most help might be coming in for the secondary, but …
The Star of the Vanderbilt Class Is …
LB Alston Orji, 6-2, 216
The Texas native can play inside or out, but he’ll start on the outside once he adds a little more bulk. Texas, Georgia, Oklahoma and Michigan were just some of the suitors going after the big-hitter who can move, but he was a Commodore relatively early on last season.
He might be a bit of a tweener, and he might be a little smallish, but he can run and cover as well as rush the passer.
The Vanderbilt Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Coming up with a few new starting linebackers is a must, and the skill guys needs some work with RB Ralph Webb done along with a few of the key receivers, but the D needs more work.
It’s not like the massive class coming in will take over right away, but there will at least be backup jobs there for the taking. Three starters are done from the Commodore secondary, including both starting safeties and CB Tre Herndon.