The number of prospects committing to Vanderbilt this past weekend might have been small but that doesn't that the staff didn't put forth enough effort to eventually bring some of these guys into the fold.
By all accounts, this past weekend was very successful for Vanderbilt and you will see the payoff from their recruiting efforts over the next week. The Commodores now have 13 prospects committed to the 2017 class after this past weekend's pledge from Orange (Nc) DE Stone Edwards and Vanderbilt should add more to the class very soon.
Here is the latest on the prospects who visited this past weekend but did not make any public decisions.
- Smithfield (Va) receiver Chris Pierce has all but "Anchored Down" with Commodores from everything I am hearing. I have it under the beliefs that Pierce has already committed to the Commodores but is wanting to make his announcement public under either a family setting at home or a school event. Pierce absolutely loved his visit Vanderbilt and easily could see himself attending college in Nashville. Pierce is a top target for the Dores and someone that really want in this class. I don't have an exact date or time yet but expect to hear something about Pierce sometime this week.
- The same thing could almost be said about D'Angelo Gunter. The Del Norte (Ca) cornerback briefly spoke with me yesterday where he said, "This was an eye opening visit and there is nothing bad I could say about Vanderbilt." Gunter has quickly become a wanted guy by the staff and someone that want in this class because of his size, versatility and work ethic. Gunter could be waiting to make an announcement this week in the same capacity as Pierce. He is debating on taking a visit this weekend to New Mexico or going ahead and committing to Vanderbilt. All signs point to Gunter to committing to Vandy but things could always change.
- Oaks Christian (Ca) LB Michael Owusu is battling a tough decision right now. Himself and his family love Coach Mason and really loved their visit this past weekend but Owusu himself, is trying to decide whether he should take a shot on Vandy or continue looking deeper into USC. I get the feeling right now that Owusu will officially visit USC this weekend and then proceed to make a decision between the Trojans and the Commodores. Owusu is one of the Commodores top targets and they would love to add him to the class. Everyone will just have to sit back and see what happens here as things are too close to call.
- Cornerback Willie Langham is the mystery case of all of the prospects this past weekend. He personally shut off his communications with everyone beginning Friday, so he has been a tough person to get in touch with. Heading into his Vandy visit, Langham had the Commodores on top as a possible switch from Tulane. Now after the visit, I wouldn't be surprised to see him stick with his commitment to Tulane but I also wouldn't be surprised to see him choose the Commodores. It's honestly a tough call for Langham and I believe he is going to take this week to seriously consider his options and eventually make the best decision for him.
- Cedar Hill (Tx) DE Deven Lamp would all but be committed right now to Vanderbilt if the Dores wasn't bringing in two players at his position this week and weekend. Vanderbilt has two prospects in Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Miki Suguturaga coming in for official visits this week and the Commodores staff wants to see how that goes before the accept a commitment from Lamp. The visit went awesome according to Lamp and the Texas def. end would love to be in the black & gold but things must be a hold just for a little longer. With Lamp not being committed, I could see him officially visit Tulsa this weekend. If Vandy accepts a commitment from Tagovailoa-Amosa, Lamp could be headed elsewhere. If the Hawaiian 3-star lineman decides to go elsewhere, the spot will be there for Lamp to have. Interesting situation to pay attention to over the next 7 days.
- Speaking of Suguturaga...the Hawaiian pass rusher is actually coming mid-week this week to officially visit Vanderbilt. This past weekend, Suguturaga officially visited Washington State and as of now, he remains wide open in his recruitment. Suguturaga is a very interesting case due to his upcoming mormon mission and his quiet approach to his recruitment. Honestly have no idea who could lead for Suguturaga but I do know Vandy is very much in the play. Just wish he would come in this weekend along with Tagavailoa-Amosa and top linebacker target, Feleti Afemui
- Right now for official visits this week, Vanderbilt is expected to host four prospects with the possibility of a 5th guy coming to visit as well. Suguturaga, Tagovailoa-Amosa, Afemui have confirmed visits along with WR Waydale Jones headed to Nashville this weekend as well. A surprise visitor is being worked on currently to visit this weekend. It will be another big official visit weekend for Vanderbilt and several targets are still sitting out there to be had. The next week will be big for Vanderbilt recruiting.