Updating Signed Prospects and Analysis of each Commodore Signee

National Signing Day 2017 is here and DoresDaily is the place to be! Vanderbilt has been an active team over the past three weeks and things are still not settled. We will have your one stop shop for all your Signing Day updates on the GoldRush17!!

Vanderbilt heads into National Signing Day with 17 commitments, if you include the two early enrolled prospects, LB Dimitri Moore and S Tae Daley.

The Commodores added a commitment on Tuesday from Iolani School (HI) defensive end Jonah Buchanan and a Big 10 transfer in RB Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Vanderbilt has been seriously active on the recruiting looking to add the right prospects for the 2017 class. 

Several targets remain like defensive ends Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa and Miki Suguturaga, OLB Michael Owusu and receiver Jalen Tolbert. The Commodores coaching staff has been very busy over the last several weeks and still have work to do headed into Signing Day. 

DoresDaily brings you a go to spot for your Signing Day news and will have updates regarding when a certain player signs, analysis of each prospect, news on targets still remaining and more. 

Be sure to check this article and thread by the minute as we shift through Vanderbilt's 2017 National Recruiting Signing Day!

Players Committed


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Afemui has been a wanted man by the Commodores coaching staff for a long time now and several weeks ago, the Hawaiian linebacker committed to Vanderbilt with every intention of signing. Today he did and comes into Nashville as a ready made guy who could see the field sooner than later. Afemui is a very athletic, hard hitting linebacker that plays with intelligence and brings Vanderbilt a hard working young man who loves the idea of playing for the Commodores. This is a big get for the Dores and a player who could start in the SEC for multiple seasons. 


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Anderson is a fierce and athletic inside linebacker who has the range to tackle sideline to sideline. He also has those leadership qualities about himself that you look for in a future captain. Anderson was the 1st prospect to commit to Vanderbilt in 2017. He had a good senior season that was cut short due to injury but everything is back to 100% and he is ready to get his Commodores career started. 


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Bailey was sought after by the Vanderbilt staff as their top lineman prospect and everyone involved is excited about bringing this big, versatile lineman to campus. Bailey has improved greatly over the past two years and comes to Vanderbilt with a mature game and the versatility to play either tackle position or even slide inside to guard. Bailey is good enough and skilled enough to see playing time early in his career.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Bostic is a prospect that Vanderbilt evaluated in depth and saw him as a player they needed to have. Bostic is a big bodied wideout who has the size and length to eventually grow into a tight end or stay at receiver. He has great hands and the ability to catch the ball at it's highest point. Bostic started slow in his high school career but started to come on as a senior. Bostic is a good developmental prospect to bring into the system and allow him to grow into his body and continue his development as a receiver.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Buchanan is another late add to the class and could be considered an under the radar prospect. Buchanan held one offer from San Diego before the Commodores came calling late in the process. The Hawaiian lineman has good size at 6'4 250 pounds and the frame to add more weight. He is a solid pass rusher who plays well against the run. Keeping the "Poly Pipeline" open by adding Buchanan is a good move, especially with a defensive lineman who's best football days are ahead of him.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Clemens is a big get for the Dores. He was targeted by Vanderbilt offensive line coach Cam Norcross as someone the team needed because of his size, girth, physical nature and versatility. Clemens choose the Dores over offers from Utah and Virginia. His style of play on the line fits wants Coach Norcross wants in his lineman. Clemens could play multiple positions along the line. He is smart and talented enough to play right tackle or even move inside to guard. I could easily see Clemens become a starter early in his career and stay there for the duration of his life in Nashville.


LB Brayden DeVault-Smith

Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: DeVault-Smith is an under the radar prospect that not many schools recruited but Vanderbilt has been keeping tabs on the Nashville native all season long. The Pearl Cohn linebacker officially visited campus several weeks and was all set to accept a preferred walk-on spot with the Dores. Well a late full ride offer arrived last night DeVault-Smith couldn't be more excited. The 6'3 208 pound defensive product had a stellar senior season where he posted 155 tackles on the season and was named All-region. This signee might not excite some but down the road, DeVault-Smith could be a producing linebacker who starts on defense and on special teams. 


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Edwards is a late rising prospect who jumped on the Dores radar late in the game but he could be the steal of this class. Edwards is a big guy at 6'5 230 who has great strength and the ability to get after the quarterback. Edwards had 15 sacks as a senior and has only played three years of organized football. Edwards is also the younger brother of former All-SEC linebacker and NFL player Kalimba Edwards. Versatility is key here as Edwards has the ability to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt as a defensive end or even slide inside as a pass rushing tackle.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Free is a big man with a power arm who Vanderbilt targeted early in the process as their #1 guy at quarterback. Free put up more than 2,500 yards passing a senior and gives the Commodores great depth among their quarterback corps. Free is also able to run away from defenders with his speed and agility. The Alabama native committed to Vanderbilt early in the game and stayed strong with commitment, even though several schools came calling. Good addition for the Dores and someone who could be their future at quarterback.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: George is a late prospect to the class who officially visited campus less than two weeks ago but knew before he visited that he wanted to be a Commodore. The coaching staff had their eye on George for a while and are ecstatic about having the Alabama cover corner a part of the class. George is a long and tall guy who plays very hard and gives his all on every play. His natural abilities could place himself in the mix for a starting job somewhere in the near future. Possible massive steal for the Commodores. 


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Haynie was targeted by the Commodores as their #1 cornerback target and they had to fight down the stretch to keep him in the fold. Haynie offers great talents on the outside as someone who could become a lock down cover corner in time and a player who has NFL abilities. Haynie has great size at 6'0 along with the length to drape over receivers. This is a big get for Commodores. Haynie was a need prospect and someone the staff desperately wanted in the 2017 class.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Grant is the son of former Tennessee Titans tackle Fred Miller and the Commodores only hope they have themselves another Miller that could find himself in the pro's one day. Miller is an athletic, long armed tackle who has enough versatility to slide inside if need be. Miller is also a developmental prospect who needs to hit the weight room and gain the needed strength to compete in the SEC. Miller is a prime candidate to red-shirt as a freshman but in time, he could find himself along the Commodores starting offensive line.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Odeyingbo is the younger brother of current Dores DE Dare Odeyingbo but the younger brother could have a bigger upside. Dayo is a physically strong pass rusher who had 20 tackles for loss and 7 sacks as a senior. Odeyingbo is another guy who fits the traits of a defensive captain. His work ethic is strong and desires to become the best player he can be. Dayo is a great addition to the defense and someone who could see the field earlier than later.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Owusu is a huge addition to the team as someone Coach Mason has been on for a long time and a player that could give the Commodores defense the needed pass rusher they have wanted for a while. Owusu is a tall, long and athletic guy who still has some growing to do with his weight but offers natural football talents that translates well to the college game. Coach Mason has a long history with the Owusu's and Michael was someone that staff wanted to have a part of this class. USC came on late but Owusu stood strong with Vanderbilt and today made his decision final.


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Pierce has been on the radar for Vanderbilt a long time and this past week, they finally received an official commitment from the 6'4 Virginia receiver. Pierce offers the Dores a big bodied wideout who has a physical frame and the ability to make the catch anywhere on the field. Pierce has a great catch radius and does well at establishing his position. Vanderbilt is in need of depth at the receiver position and Pierce gives them someone who in time can be a possible #1 target. 


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Pinkney was a need prospect for the Commodores and the staff made him important early in the game. The 6'4 230 lb defender is a long and athletic pass rusher who's future on the college field is bright. Pinkney has the bend, speed and natural pass rushing abilities that Coach Mason wants on his defense. Pinkney has enough talents to possibly see the field as a true freshman. 


Status: *Signed*

Expert Analysis: Stewart is a massive young man at 6'8 who offers the Commodores a landmark sized tackle who find his way in the starting lineup sometime very soon. Stewart still has learning to do as a football player but you can't teach size and natural athleticism. Vanderbilt see's Stewart as an eventual starter at either left or right tackle. Coming from the state of Georgia, Stewart became a recruit that Vanderbilt staff wanted very badly because not only does he offer good depth but also could be someone that has a long and great career in black and gold. 

Remaining Targets


Status: Signed with Notre Dame


Status: Signed with Utah


Status: Signed with South Alabama


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