If you had to pick a crown jewel of the 2016 recruiting class for Vanderbilt it is most likely JoeJuan Williams from Hendersonville High School in Nashville, Tennessee.
The four-star prospect was denied a hardship request after transferring from Father Ryan to Hendersonville by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association and had to sit out his senior season. Missing his final high school football year did not keep him from receiving offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee to name a few of the 33 D1 schools who offered him.
At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds he has the size that Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason loves for his defense. He also possesses the lockdown speed to cover wide receivers.
Finishing his junior season with 48 tackles, two interceptions and 11 passes broken up, it's clearly evident Williams has great ball awareness and is not afraid to knock passes away rather than risking potential big plays.