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The Anchor Insider - 11/6/15

Vanderbilt added their 12th commitment of the 2016 class last week with the addition of offensive tackle Braden Kopp. Only a select few spots remain, so here is the latest regarding the 2016, 2017 classes and more.

Quick 2016 Update

- Hendersonville (TN) CB JoeJuan Williams remains the No. 1 target on the Commodores board and the staff has been able to nail down an official visit with the local 4-star. Williams will take an official visit to Vanderbilt on November 14th when the Commodores play at home against Kentucky. This weekend in Chapel Hill, Williams will officially visit North Carolina and on the 21st of this month, he will be in State College to officially visit Penn State. Williams is also working out plans to officially visit LSU. His fifth and final visit will go to either Tennessee or Texas A&M. Williams is set to make his commitment on December 6th. Vanderbilt is still seen as a strong contender but as of today, everything is still up in there about where he could be leaning.

- Even with the commitment of Kopp, Vanderbilt still holds a spot open for Grayson Stover. Now the Dores may be down on Stover’s list but it doesn’t mean Vandy has quit pursuing the Florida tackle. Stover recently announced that he would hold off on his official visit plans to Maryland but still wanted to visit sometime in December. Indiana looks like the biggest contender for Stover with the Terps and Commodores trailing in second and third place. Stover could also officially visit Illinois but he is waiting to see what happens with their head coaching situation much like he is doing with Maryland as well. Stover wants to enroll early and he already knows that he cannot do that at Vanderbilt, so that could be a big reason he is not looking as hard into the Commodores. The 3-star lineman still remains a target for Vandy but now may not be as important as he once was.

- Running back remains a need position for Vanderbilt and the staff has a No. 1 target but is also keeping their eyes open for others. Memorial (TX) 3-star Trevor Speights is the Dores top target for this position and they’re hoping to have him on campus within the next three weeks for an official visit. Speights officially visited Oklahoma a few weeks ago, where the Sooners too have the Texas back as their No.1  target. He seems content with not making any decisions until his officially visits all of his finalists. Oklahoma, Vanderbilt, Stanford and Texas A&M are the four schools battling it out for Speights.

- Vanderbilt coaches are expected to watch Palm Bay (FL) running back Brian Lankford-Johnson and South Plantation (FL) athlete Anthony Julmisse perform on Friday night. Vanderbilt is in the state of Florida this weekend for a Saturday contest against the Gators.

- Lake Forest (IL) defensive end Thomas Schaffer has been a quiet guy with his recruitment for some time now but things appear to be picking back up for the 3-star defender. This weekend, Schaffer is officially visiting Oregon. This will be his first official visit and he plans to take a few more visits before he makes a final decision. Right now he doesn’t have anything else set but does appear to want to visit Stanford, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt before making a commitment. It’s a long shot for the Dores but for Schaffer to still be considering them, gives Vanderbilt a chance.

- It does finally appear that Pearl Cohn (TN) receiver Rontavius Groves is narrowing down his recruitment and seems focused on a final group of schools. Don’t look for Groves to make his commitment until next year but in the meantime, he does plan to officially visit Illinois, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. The Commodores may have some work to do as UNC and West Virginia appear to be the teams to beat. Look for more news to come out about Groves whenever his team’s playoff run ends.

Looking into the Future

 - A pair of local running backs appear to be squarely on Vanderbilt’s radar and it would not be surprising to see either prospect gain a Commodores offer sometime soon. Kenwood’s Antwuan Branch and Gallatin’s Jordan Mason are two stellar running back prospects that are coming off big productive seasons and have positioned themselves as high caliber recruits. Neither Branch nor Mason have received their first college offer but that could change soon. Vanderbilt is very interested in both and actually had Branch on campus for the Commodores SEC win over Missouri. Mason is expecting to visit Vanderbilt for either of the Dores last two home games. It would not be surprising if Vandy became the first offer for either running back. Expect to hear much more about these guys very soon.

Jordan Mason Highlights http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3244932/highlights/289902384/v2

 - Another 2017 recruit to keep an eye on is Newton (GA) wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman. Two weeks ago, the Peach State receiver unofficially visited Vanderbilt and by all accounts, the visit went over very well. Holloman is a big wideout (6’3 195) that has the tools to play in the Southeastern Conference. Vanderbilt likes what they see in Holloman so far, so an offer could be coming his way soon. Holloman has already received offers from the likes of Indiana, Georgia Southern, Minnesota, Troy, UAB and UNLV.

 - 6’7 240 pound defensive end Britt Beery is a rising name from the Midwest that has jumped onto Vanderbilt’s radar and he will be visiting the Commodores in a couple of weeks. Beery has already set plans with the Vanderbilt staff to unofficially visit campus on November 21st when the Dores face off with Texas A&M. Beery fits the mold for a Vanderbilt defensive recruit. His size and potential in the 3-4 defense excites the Commodore's staff and an offer could be waiting on him once he arrives in Nashville. Beery has received one official offer already from Indiana with interest coming from Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Northwestern and Purdue.

 - A name to watch for is Highland Springs (VA) offensive Mekhi Becton. Standing 6’6 300 pounds, Becton is a massive tackle prospect that is quietly rising up of the charts of several college coaches, including the Vanderbilt Commodores. Up to this point, Becton has received official offers from Delaware State and Virginia but interest from others is strong and more offers could come his way soon. Becton has taken unofficial visits this fall season to Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee and Wake Forest. Vanderbilt just recently put their names in the hat, so it will take some time for the Commodores to get the 6’6 tackle on campus. Becton’s size and potential on the field along with his strong work in the classroom, makes a recruitable guy for the Commodores.


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