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Which prospects could surprise from the 2017 class?

Vanderbilt signed 20 prospects in the 2017 class, if you include Illinois transfer Ke'Shawn Vaughn. Several recruits are coming to Nashville with high expectations but a few guys are considered projects or players that need a few years to develop. DoresDaily brings you the top sleepers from the Commodores 2017 recruiting class.

Top Five Sleepers of 2017

www.scout.com/player/214489-allen-george

Previously committed to Richmond, George is a late addition to the 2017 class but could end up being the Commodores best cover corner on the roster. Sporting a 6'2 180 lb frame, George has the height and length that many college coaches around the country search for. He has the size desired but George is also very athletic with the abilities to make plays while staying on route, covering the receiver down field. The Alabama native has everything you look for in a college starting corner back and George could find himself in the lineup sooner than later. 

www.scout.com/player/212669-stone-edwards

Edwards is another prospect that jumped on the Commodores radar late but he is a favorite among the coaching staff because of their need on the defensive line and his size and skill set that could be used in multiple ways. Edwards is a big, physical prospect who exploded for 13 sacks as a senior. He offers pass rushing skills along with the ability to stop the run. Edwards still needs to add weight to his big frame but once he fills out, watch out for this Carolina lineman. 

www.scout.com/player/209537-jonathan-stewart

This 6'8 almost 300 pound offensive tackle screams potential the moment you simply look at him but when you find out that he has only played two years of organized football, your jaw drops in excitement. Stewart is a massive young man who is still learning the game of football. He already shows enough raw talent to earn this chance at Vanderbilt and more time spent in the college atmosphere, will give him every opportunity to eventually find himself in the starting lineup. Stewart projects to either left or right tackle in college, which gives Vanderbilt great versatility along the offensive line. 

www.scout.com/player/207012-james-bostic

Vanderbilt went searching for big receivers in this class and Bostic offers that along with a big catch radius. This reason along with others could be why Bostic moves to tight end down the line. Bostic presents the size you want at receiver but he is still raw in his route running and needs to gain more speed. He is quite athletic though along with having great hands. Bostic could easily be the red zone wideout you want. He has the size and athleticism to cause match-up problems,either playing outside or with his hand on the line. Bostic needs some seasoning but down the road, he could be a great weapon to have on offense.

www.scout.com/player/214733-brayden-devault-smith

The lone Tennessean to sign with Vanderbilt could be the biggest sleeper of them all. DeVault-Smith did not receive a Division 1 offer until the Commodores came in at the last second. The Pearl Cohn linebacker was set to accept a preferred walk-on spot with the Dores but things worked out in the end where he was officially added to the GoldRush17. DeVault-Smith is an extremely athletic prospect who also played receiver with the Firebirds. He projects for the defensive side of the ball where his length, speed and natural athleticism will be used the best. DeVault-Smith is the type of project you go after. He is smart, hard working, naturally gifted and he wanted to be at Vanderbilt. 


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