Vaughn is a Gamechanger
Vanderbilt added a big piece to their football program on Tuesday when the addition of RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn. The Nashville native visited Vanderbilt over the weekend but before arriving on campus, Vanderbilt was going to be the place for him. The moment Vaughn announced he was planning to transfer from Illinois, the Commodores coaching staff immediately got involved and told him how much they wanted him a part of this program.
Today he made things official. Vaughn will have to sit out this next season but that's ok. Ralph Webb is the Dores starting running back and they have depth behind him. He will leave after the 2017 season which leaves the job open for Vaughn in 2018. He will be given every opportunity to the guy for his two years on the football field.
Not only is Vaughn a difference maker that the coaching staff really needed on offense, he is also from the Music City and is very known around his hometown. The buzz of having Vaughn in a black and gold uniform could generate interest around the city and grasp more fans to the games. If Vanderbilt and Vaughn succeeds on the football field, his addition will also help with recruiting around the city of Nashville. Pearl Cohn has been a top level and talented football program for years and is sure to have more prospects coming down the line. Not just Pearl Cohn but other high school programs around the city could view Vanderbilt as a better option now.
Either way, this is a win-win situation for Vanderbilt and should be a good fit for Vaughn. The Commodore faithful will have to wait a little bit to see him on the field but it should be worth it as Vaughn could be the game breaker on offense that the team and fans have been searching for since Coach Mason arrived.
Vanderbilt not done with Transfers?
Along with having Vaughn on campus last weekend, the Commodores also hosted former Ohio St wide receiver Alex Stump. The redshirt freshman had a good time last weekend and right now it appears that the Dores have a strong shot at landing the former 4-star. Stump could be visiting Wake Forest sometime along with another school or two. It is unknown right now when Stump will decide but when he does, Vanderbilt will be right in the mix.
I mentioned last week that former Oklahoma St offensive lineman Brandon Pertile had interest in Vanderbilt and right now, the interest still remains. He visited Virginia last weekend and was all but ready to commit but a sudden change of heart stopped him from doing so. The truth is, Pertile is patiently waiting to hear something from Vanderbilt. He really wants to be here but the interest may not be reciprocated. Seeing the Dores offer JuCo lineman Saige Young today tells me they may move on from Pertile but as of now, he remains out there for the taking.
Remaining 2017 Targets
The top remaining target on Vanderbilt's board is DE Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa but as of tonight, it appears Notre Dame could be the team to beat. He hasn't tipped his hand as to where he will land but inside sources say the Irish is in the lead. Vanderbilt is honestly close though and isn't completely out of the picture. Tagaovailoa-Amosa really enjoyed his time at Vanderbilt and respects Coach Mason a bunch. Location and distance is no issue for the Hawaiian lineman but the prestige of the Irish program could win out in the end. Tagaovailoa-Amosa will announce his decision tomorrow on National Signing Day with everything coming down to the Irish and the Commodores.
Another Hawaiian lineman has Vanderbilt among his final two. Miki Suguturaga has things down to Utah and the Commodores and is expected to announce his decision tomorrow on National Signing Day. Suguturaga officially visited both Vandy and the Utes last week and appeared to love his time in Nashville. Talking with several people in the know, Vanderbilt could be seen as the team to beat. Vanderbilt has recruited Suguturaga hard over the last several months and has built a great relationship with the coaching staff. Not saying Utah isn't but Vanderbilt is more than willing to accommodate Suguturaga as he is set to be on a mormon mission over the next two years. This could be a close call between the Pac 12 and the SEC but everyone should know tomorrow.
Oaks Christian (Ca) LB Michael Owusu has been quiet and kept himself under the radar ever since his official visit to Vanderbilt, three weeks ago. Last weekend, the 3-star linebacker officially visited USC. It is known that Owusu has things down to USC and Vanderbilt with California on the outside looking in. If you read into things, the de-commitment of Bolden could be a sign towards Owusu choosing the Commodores. I have also talked with some people on the West Coast, who have ties to USC and Owusu's name is not mentioned among the players the Trojans are seriously targeting. Owusu could very pop on a commitment tonight or wait until tomorrow. Right now, Vanderbilt may remain in the lead but everything is still up in the air.
Late offered prospect, McGill-Toolen (AL) WR Jalen Tolbert is in the mix of choosing between the Commodores and Michigan State. He officially visited the Spartans last weekend but they added a wide receiver commit this morning. Vanderbilt has made it know how much it wants Tolbert and Nashville is close to home. After doing some searching, Tolbert is seriously considering the Commodores and could commit at any given time. He has not made any remarks as to where he could be leaning but inside sources says Vanderbilt is the team to watch out for.