THE TREND METER FOR VANDY RECRUITS

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.

(miss) Frank Buncom IV, S, St. Augustine HS / San Diego, CA
Stanford did prove to be the school to beat for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back. He committed to the Cardinal on Wednesday, January 28th, during a public announcement at his high school.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Ke'Shawn Vaughn, RB, Pearl-Cohn / Nashville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt has a very small chance remaining with Vaughn, who recently named his four finalists: Illinois, Louisville, Purdue, and West Virginia. The staff did, however, offer Pearl-Cohn teammate Cameron Watkins just a week prior to National Signing Day. Interestingly enough, Illinois came in with an immediate offer for Watkins, a 6-foot-1, 177-pound athlete, shortly after Vanderbilt pulled the trigger.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

(miss) Dylan Jackson, DE, Maryville / Maryville, Tenn.
Vanderbilt was unable to make up enough ground late with Jackson and lost a big in-state player to Stanford. He announced his decision via Twitter on January 25th.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

(VU commit) Jared Pinkney, WR, Norcross / Norcoss, Ga.
The Scout.com experts read the trend correctly on Pinkney. After an official visit to campus during Vanderbilt's big recruiting weekend of January 16-18, Pinkney surprised coaches Charles Bankins and Brett Maxie by making a commitment to them during an in-home visit on Wednesday, January 21st. Pinkney, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound wide receiver, had 51 receptions for 745 yards and five touchdowns as a senior.

Quenton Meeks, CB, Del Norte / San Diego (Calif.)
While the Commodores lost Buncom IV to Stanford this week, they're still hoping for a different result with Meeks (also of San Diego). He's stated publicly a desire to play in the SEC and has was recruited by Derek Mason when he was at Stanford. Also in Vanderbilt's favor is that despite a California address, Meeks has a lot of family living in Georgia and Tennessee. The conventional wisdom is that Meeks will likely decide between Vanderbilt and Stanford, but Pac-12 schools; Arizona State, Cal, and Washington remain in the mix.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

(miss) Bradrick Shaw, RB, Hoover, Ala.
Shaw took to Twitter on January 24th to announce that he is going to sign with Wisconsin. Despite growing up in SEC country, Shaw stated that he was enamored with the Big Ten. Although Mason hired Wisconsin offensive coordinator Andy Ludwig this off-season, it wasn't enough to change Shaw's mind.

Logan Hunt, DE/OLB, Washington County HS / Sandersville, GA
Hunt has been committed to Georgia Southern since early August of 2014. That commitment remains intact, but a January 16th visit to Nashville really impressed Hunt. The Commodores, led by the recruiting efforts of Kenwick Thompson, will likely make a big push for Hunt and hope to change his mind before National Signing Day. Many believe they have a good shot.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Gary Jennings, WR, Colonial Forge HS / Stafford, VA
The Vanderbilt ship has proverbially sailed for Jennings with North Carolina coming in late to knock the Commodores out of the top four. The favorite is Virginia for Jennings, but he also has Notre Dame and West Virginia in hot pursuit.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Josh Smith, OLB, Oakland HS / Murfreesboro, TN
It's going down to the wire for Smith but it appears things are looking up for Vandy. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound senior linebacker has a good relationship with Derek Mason and Kenwick Thompson which may keep him in Tennessee for college, but he certainly has some good opportunities available at other power conference programs.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

(VU commit)Jared Southers, OT Seton Hall Preparatory / West Orange, NJ
On his official visit to Vanderbilt the weekend of January 16-18, Southers was informed his grayshirt offer was "upgraded" to an offer to arrive in the summer and he accepted. Southers had also received offers from UConn, UMass, Old Dominion, Rutgers, and Temple.

(miss) Marcus Marshall, RB, Millbrook HS / Raleigh, NC
His older brother, Keith plays at Georgia, and many thought Marcus would also go to the SEC-East and play for the Commodores, but he selected Georgia Tech over Vanderbilt, James Madison, and Wake Forest on January 27th during a public event at his high school.
Announcement Date: Late-January.

Daniel James, DL McKinley / Baton Rouge, LA
James committed to Yale on January 9th, his birthday. In the past few weeks, Vanderbilt has lost T.J. Smith (to Arkansas) and Jackson Perry (to Dartmouth) so adding James to the class is a big priority. He tweeted on January 27th that the Vanderbilt staff (plural) were on their way to see him in Louisiana. James will have a lot of think about before February 4th.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Cameron Watkins, DB/WR Pearl-Cohn/ Nashville, Tenn.
Sometimes you see the big offers at the very end. Such is the case with Watkins who received Vanderbilt and Illinois offers on January 29th, and was previously perusing over offers from Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico State, Samford, and UT-Martin. Vanderbilt looks like they have a big shot here unless Watkins opts to join his teammate Ke'Shawn Vaughn in Champaign, Ill.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Jordan Griffin, LB Armwood / Seffner, Fla.
Vanderbilt has had some recent success at the Tampa-area high school with Justin Cabbagestalk (Class of 2009) and lost a very close one to UCF for Kyle Gibson in 2014. Although Griffin has been committed to Wisconsin since October of last year, the Vanderbilt coaches have talked him in to taking an official visit to campus the last weekend before Signing Day. A good visit could mean a last-minute flip. South Florida also feels like they have a shot.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

Ross Donelly, DL Cy-Fair / Cypress, Texas
Donelly, who was once committed to Rice, isn't very fond of talking to the media. VandyMania.com was one of the few media outlets he spoke to after his recent visit to Nashville, and didn't expound greatly on the trip but said it did meet with his approval. Stanford, who may very well be Vanderbilt's recruiting nemesis this time around, is the school to beat, with Ole Miss and SMU also involved.
Announcement Date: Signing Day.

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