After consulting with Scout experts, here's the way each Vanderbilt prospect is trending in his recruitment. Check back regularly as the Trend Meter will continually change as the trends change...

Following recruiting is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster ride, especially in January. For experts, handicapping recruitments is a pretty dubious endeavor. Recruiting is incredibly volatile, obviously, since it’s based on the whims of teenagers that have an enormous amount of pressure on them from many different adults.

Predicting where a recruit is going to go is far too unpredictable. Fans, though, always want to know the latest buzz on each recruit so we thought the best thing to do is put together essentially a latest trend meter, kind of a stock report on whether Vanderbilt's chances with the recruit are going up, down or sideways. We've talked to various Scout experts around the country and this is the latest trend for each prospect still remaining on Vanderbilt’s 2015 board. The beauty of this is that as the trend changes we can change that little arrow as we approach National Signing Day February 4th. Keep checking back here as we’ll constantly be updating the trend meter.

Frank Buncom IV, S, St. Augustine HS / San Diego, CA
Latest buzz is that Vanderbilt is tending upward for Buncom, but that Stanford is still the school to beat for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back. He took his official visit to Nashville the weekend of November 28-30th. He has previously stated California, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt are his four finalists.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Pearl-Cohn / Nashville, Tenn.
It was one thought Vaughn would stay home for college with Vanderbilt making a strong run at him to add to the depth chart at running back. In December, Vaughn surprised some by leaving the Commodores out his top four which he consisted of Louisville, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Purdue. But the latest trend is that Notre Dame has made a big step forward in landing Vaughn in recent weeks with West Virginia entering the mix as well.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Dylan Jackson, DE, Maryville / Maryville, Tenn.
It was January 15th, 2015, when Vanderbilt thought they had lost an in-state recruiting battle for Dylan Jackson when he announced he would be attending Tennessee. A year later, Jackson has decommitted from the Vols and is taking an official visit to Vanderbilt the weekend of January 16-18. Jackson has taken official visits to Stanford and LSU, which are thought to be neck-and-neck, with Vanderbilt emerging late.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Jared Pinkney, WR, Norcross / Norcoss, Ga.
The trend is that Vanderbilt is the one to beat but there is stiff competition for Pinkney from SEC East foes, Missouri and Florida, the latter he recently scheduled a his last official visit with. UCF is also in the mix for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound wide receiver.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Quenton Meeks, CB, Del Norte / San Diego (Calif.)
Much like Frank Buncom IV, also from San Diego, Meeks will likely decide between Vanderbilt and Stanford. While Vanderbilt is thought to have the slight edge, Meeks will take his last official visit before his decision announcement the weekend of January 23-25 to Stanford which could bode well for the Cardinal's chances.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Bradrick Shaw, RB, Hoover, Ala.
While many experts believe that Shaw is enamored with playing in the Big Ten (possibly at Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Nebraska), Vanderbilt has been a constant throughout Shaw's recruitment. He'll take an official visit to Nashville for the Commodores big weekend January 16-18. Mississippi State is the dark-horse. The Bulldogs have Hoover teammate, Justin Johnson, on their commitment list.
Announcement Date: Probably Signing Day.

Logan Hunt, OLB, Washington County HS / Sandersville, GA
Hunt has been committed to Georgia Southern since last August. That commitment remains intact, but a January 16th visit to Nashville could result in a subsequent offer and possible flip to the Commodores.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Gary Jennings, WR, Colonial Forge HS / Stafford, VA
Vanderbilt was firmly in the mix early with Jennings, but Derek Mason fired Mark Lubik, who was recruiting Jennings, and other schools closer to home, like West Virginia and Virginia (both will receive January official visits for Jennings). Getting back into with Jennings before Signing Day isn't considered a likelihood for the Commodores but he may show some love with a Vandy hat on his table.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Josh Smith, OLB, Oakland HS / Murfreesboro, TN
After making a commitment to Vanderbilt in July, Smith, a U.S. Army All-American and one of the most heralded recruits in Vanderbilt's class, had schools coming after him left and right, especially after a fine senior performance at Oakland after an injury-plagued junior season. He's still committed but the trend is that Oklahoma may be the school that sways Smith into making a last-minute switch. California, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Georgia Tech are all knocking at the door as well.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Jared Southers, OT Seton Hall Preparatory / West Orange, NJ
Southers informed that his offer was that of the grayshirt variety and that's the only reason the Commodores aren't trending higher at the moment as he said he would much prefer the traditional summer arrival to campus. The Vanderbilt offer, however, is still very appealing and Southers will likely decide between Vanderbilt and and two Ivy League offers from Harvard and Yale. Stanford has been expressing strong interest and could factor heavily in the mix with late offer.
Announcement Date: Unknown.

Marcus Marshall, RB, Millbrook HS / Raleigh, NC
Marshall loved his visit to the Vanderbilt campus when he went in November for the Florida game. He told his family enjoyed running backs coach Charles Bankins. Marshall took one official visit to Wake Forest and has one more scheduled with Georgia Tech before making a final decision.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

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