The Anchor Insider 6/22/2015

The summer recruiting season is active and busy, especially for Vanderbilt and its coaching staff. Over the past two weeks, the Vandy staff has hosted multiple high level prospects on campus along with conducting camps. More prospect camps are on the way this week along with a few more top notch prospects visiting campus.

Here is a look at some of the recent actively within the Vanderbilt football recruiting world along with a few stock reports on players that are on the Commodores target list. The Lowdown

­ Over the past week Vanderbilt has hosted prospects that not only are considered highly thought of players among other top programs but also recruiting services too. Three players in particular, two from across the Mississippi River and one from the Northeast, visited Nashville and all are considered top targets by the Vanderbilt staff.

Christian Brothers (Mo) 3-­star running back Tre Bryant might be considered the top prospect at his position by Vandy. Over the weekend, he visited Nashville for an unofficial visit and according to what I’m being told, the visit went over very well.

Along with Vanderbilt, Bryant is also seriously considering offers from Indiana, Kansas State, Missouri and Northwestern. Bryant is a thick and agile running back that the Commodores offered on June 2nd. Vandy could be playing catch up if you talk to others but the appeal of playing in the SEC and earning a stellar education attracts to the Show Me State running back. Don’t look for a decision soon by Bryant but something could be solidified before the start of his senior year.

­ Two west coast defensive standouts made their way down south to visit Vandy last week and apparently things went so well that both Jacob Morgenstern and Jake Burton could make their way back to Nashville sometime this fall.

Morgenstern (St. Luke’s School, CT) is a composite 4-­star linebacker who plays with tons of athleticism on the field but also has the size to rush the passer. He could easily play inside or outside linebacker at the college level. Academics could play a large role in Morgenstern’s recruitment and from his trip to Nashville last week, the Northeast linebacker appeared to be enamored with the Dores facilities, coaches as well as their strong academic standards.

Look for the Connecticut native to make his way back to Vanderbilt’s campus sometime this fall as well as the Commodores becoming strong players for his commitment.

­ Granite Hills (CA) defensive end Jake Burton is a high quality prospect that made his way to the Dores campus this weekend for an unofficial visit and the Golden State pass rusher looks like the perfect fit in Vanderbilt’s 3­-4 defensive scheme. Standing 6’6 230 lbs, Burton is a long and athletic defensive lineman that has the frame, size, smarts and athleticism to line up on the Dores 3­-4 defensive line. The Vanderbilt coaches have made Burton a priority for the 2016 class and having him on campus for visit this summer is a big deal in their hopes at landing the 3­-star defensive lineman.

Besides Vanderbilt, Burton is also considering offers from Arizona, Boise State, California, Colorado State, Fresno State, Hawai'i, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, Washington State and Wyoming. The Commodores are Burton’s lone SEC offer and that is something that really stands out to him. Vanderbilt is a player going forward but look for bigger schools to get involved as the weeks go on. ­If you're looking for a prospect who could be on commitment watch for Vanderbilt, look no further than Campolindo (CA) offensive tackle Sterling Strother.

The 3­-star lineman is set to visit Vanderbilt this upcoming weekend for two days and according to strong intel, Strother could anchor down with the Dores after his visit has concluded.

Vanderbilt offered Strother back in April and ever since then, the Commodores have remained a top suitor for the California offensive lineman. The Dores in fact remain to this date as his biggest offer but soon other strong programs could get involved. However, Vanderbilt may be too appealing to Stother because of his strong values with education and the ability to play at the highest level of college football. Vanderbilt offers all of that and he sees it. Strother has also been in contact with a couple of current Vandy commits, including and most importantly with quarterback Deuce Wallace. If all goes according to play, Vanderbilt could add their second offensive line commit next weekend of the 2016 class.

­ Two other lineman at Edison Prep (OK), defensive tackle Alex Criddle and Central Catholic (IN) two way lineman Coy Cronk, are set for destinations to Nashville for unofficial visits with the Commodores. Vandy has offered both prospects and both Criddle and Cronk have the Dores at the top of their list. Criddle in particular is a strong beefy nose guard who could plug up the middle and become a force from the inside. Vandy is his biggest offer and the Dores stand a strong shot at landing Criddle as academics play a huge role in his recruitment.

Cronk is a versatile and athletic lineman that many of the schools who have offered him want him on the offensive line while the Commodores are recruiting the lineman for defense.

Vandy recently offered Cronk but has recruited him for some time now. Later this week, Cronk will embark on Nashville for a visit after taking trips to Illinois, Indiana and Notre Dame before making it to Vanderbilt’s campus. After these four visits have concluded, look for Cronk to make a college decision. Talking with the 3­-star lineman, Cronk said he would make his commitment in two weeks and also said Vandy is a serious player in his recruitment.

Stock Up, Stock Down

UP - ­ Yorba Linda HS (Ca) Off. Tackle David Garfunkel

­ On June 18th, Garfunkel made his way from the west coast to unofficially visit Vanderbilt and the 3-­star tackle is anxiously awaiting an offer from the Commodores as the SEC East program is a school high on his list and a place he could consider attending. Standing 6’6 280 lbs, Garfunkel has the size and skill set to play tackle in the SEC. Vanderbilt offensive line coach Keven Lightner has taken a particular liking to Garfunkel. Vandy has yet to offer but that could change soon. If and when Vanderbilt offers, the Commodores could become the team to beat for the Golden State lineman. Garfunkel holds current official offers from Arkansas State, Cornell, San Jose State, Toledo and UNLV.

DOWN - ­ West Orange HS (FL) Def. End Nolan DeFranco

­ Ever since the recruiting season of 2015, DeFranco had been a prospect of want for the Vanderbilt Commodores and they eventually offered the 6’6 lineman. For a long time, DeFranco had been looked at as a possible lean to the Commodores but something changed throughout the process. Last week, DeFranco visited North Carolina and several days later, committed to the Tar Heels. DeFranco is a player that burst onto the recruiting scene earlier this spring as a guy with loads of potential for the defensive line and someone with a lot of BCS level football talents

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