Vanderbilt nears Signing Day

In less than 10 days Vanderbilt is set to sign what will very likely be its top signing class in history. The Commodores already have 24 commits and a class that is ranked No. 18 nationally by Scout.com and similarly by other recruiting services. However, that ranking could improve or drop over the next few days based on scheduled announcements by both commits and prospects.

In less than 10 days Vanderbilt is set to sign what will very likely be its top signing class in history. The Commodores already have 24 commits and a class that is ranked No. 18 nationally by Scout.com and similarly by other recruiting services. However, that ranking could improve or drop over the next few days based on scheduled announcements by both commits and prospects.

Vanderbilt hosted several visitors over the weekend including linebacker Zach Cunningham, safety Jeremy Tyler, athlete C.J. Duncan, running back Matt Dayes, and defensive end D.J. Johnson. Running back Jordan Wilkins cancelled his official visit to Vandy at the last moment.

Dayes is a 3-star former North Carolina State commit who has multiple FBS offers including Tennessee, Arkansas and West Virginia. He is said to have had a great visit and was close to committing when he left Nashville. Vandy is looking for a second running back for this class and Dayes, who rushed for over 1,800 yards and 30 touchdowns to lead his team to the state finals, would be an excellent addition.

C.J. Duncan is an athletic player from Montgomery, Ala., who the Commodore staff has had their eyes on for a while. Duncan did not have a Vandy offer until this weekend and his only other offer has come from Southern Miss. He could play a variety of positions for Vandy including wide receiver, running back, defensive back and quarterback if needed. Vandy allowed Zac Stacy to pass quite a few times; maybe they are looking for Duncan, who passed for 1,000 yards while running for almost 900 in high school, to fill that void.

Tyler, a 3-star player from Georgia, seems to have had a good visit. He spoke with BlueGoldNews.com's Kevin Kinder about his visit to Nashville.

"It was a good visit too. They had a lot of information on the school, and I learned a lot down there. I really had fun. It seemed like a good fit for me… I'll talk some with my parents, but the decision is on me. They will support whatever my decision is."

Cunningham is a highly sought 4-star linebacker who was rumored to be favoring Vandy and Auburn prior to this weekend. However, the Tigers received a commit from 3-star linebacker Kenny Flowers on Friday. Cunningham was scheduled to visit Tennessee on Sunday but didn't ever show up in Knoxville.

Highly touted athlete Juwaan Williams- who has offers from the likes of Oregon, Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida State and others- has Vanderbilt and Oregon as his finalists. He will decide on Monday night live on Fox Sports South at 10 pm ET.

Perhaps the biggest recruiting question in many Commodore fan's minds is the status of 4-star running back commit Johnathan Ford. Ford visited Tennessee last weekend and Auburn this weekend. Ford spoke with Jason Caldwell of Inside The Auburn Tigers after his visit to the Plains.

"Auburn is real good right now," Ford notes. "That's all I'm saying. I'm still committed to Vanderbilt right now, but I'm going to talk about the whole thing with my family."

He will make his final decision on National Signing Day. UPDATE: Ford de-committed from Vandy late in the day on Monday.

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