The Anchor Insider - 7/30

Who is ready for some Vanderbilt football? It’s right around the corner which means the summer recruiting season has been completed. The next step is fall and winter official visits and then national signing day.

Vanderbilt currently has 10 prospects committed for the 2016 class with about four to six spots remaining. Several top targets are still out there as well as some other guys sitting right below the radar. Here is the latest regarding the Commodores recruiting efforts.

Does Vandy lead for Redd?

Magna Vista (Va) safety Traveon Redd unofficially visited Vanderbilt last week and by all accounts, the trip to Nashville was sensational. Redd was able to visit with all the coaches as well as some players from the current Vanderbilt team. He saw all the facilities and even showcases the Commodores new white and gold uniforms.

Earlier this week, Redd’s high school coach announced that his 3-star prospects was down to three schools and would make his commitment this Friday. Vanderbilt, Maryland and Wake Forest are his three finalists and many people in the world of recruiting thinks the Commodores are his top choice.

Redd has visited both Maryland and Wake Forest and enjoyed both places. If Vandy could be his top choice, Wake Forest could be a very close second. Redd wants to get away from home so Nashville and Winston Salem are both suitable to his liking. Vanderbilt appears to be the leader but anything can happen in football recruiting.

Stover de-commits from UVA; Will visit Vanderbilt

Tuesday night, Hudson (FL) offensive tackle Grayson Stover publicly announced his de-commitment from Virginia and now has his eyes focused on a certain three schools.

Maryland, Indiana and Vanderbilt are three programs Stover is interested in and plans to officially visit all three schools. If you remember my piece with Grayson several weeks ago, he was highly interested in Vanderbilt even being committed to the Wahoos. Now that he is a uncommitted prospect, the Dores look to be a serious player for the 3-star o-lineman.

Vanderbilt is actively looking for another bookend tackle to add to their 2016 class. Stover has been on their target list for a while now and could be their top overall target for the offensive line. The Florida native plans to take his time with the process and not rush into a decision like he did with Virginia. Look for Stover to officially visit Nashville in the fall and eventually make his decision sometime in January.

Is Dowdle the top running back target for VU?

Much like offensive tackle, Vanderbilt is looking to possibly add another running back to their 2016 class and right now it appears that AC Reynolds (NC) 3-star Rico Dowdle is their top target. Don’t look for Dowdle to makes any decisions anytime soon as recently I had the chance to talk with him and while he is excited about the Commodores offer, he claims to be wide open at this time. I do feel Vandy could be in the lead for him but other top level programs are looking into him and he might listen.

It will be interesting to see how his recruitment turns out. Dowdle is a vastly underrated prospect with size, speed, agility and the potential to become a very good SEC back. Vandy will be in the mix for Dowdle till the end but the end is a long time from coming.

This & That

- Milan (TN) 2017 O-lineman Jacob Rimmer informed me he will be visiting Vanderbilt next weekend on the 8th and he is very excited about seeing the campus again. Last summer, Rimmer camped with the Commodores and came away impressed with the coaches and the campus itself. Miss State, Tennessee, Memphis and MTSU have taken an early interest in Rimmer. Look for the this lineman to blow up within the next year as he has the size (6’7 260) skills and versatility to play big time college football.

- Vanderbilt hosted three local prospects on Thursday in East Nashville standouts Jacob Phillips, DeMarquez Trotter and Chris Bell. Phillips is the big name here and a guy the staff has high on their board. Many other teams are after Phillips but the Commodores have a strong shot here as they have been recruiting him for two years now. Trotter and Bell are both secondary prospects who could seriously blossom over the next year. Trotter in particular is a very talented and could garner many college offers in time. Look for all three of these players to visit Vanderbilt again sometime this fall.

- 2017 4-star safety Kendarian Handy-Holly added his fourth official offer on Thursday from the Vanderbilt Commodores. Hailing from Jackson High School in Alabama, Handy-Holly is a big physical defensive back with loads of potential. Before Vandy offered, Handy-Holly already held offers from Kentucky, Southern Miss and Troy. Look for more schools to come offering soon. Top Stories