The 2018 recruiting class for Vanderbilt is already being built up as possibly one of the best in head coach Derek Mason's tenure. Already holding a commitment from Peddie School (NJ) 4-star quarterback Allan Walters, the Commodores are using their future signal caller to reel in a few of his teammates and hopefully put together a pipeline to leads to not only a strong football program but also a region that Vanderbilt would like to recruit much more in the future.
Holding a commitment from Walters is huge for Vanderbilt. He is a 4-star recruit at the most important football position, so what he says and sells about the Commodores football program, holds weight with other recruits.
Walter's influence in recruiting could go a long way, especially with several of his Peddie School teammates.
Last month, Vanderbilt offered Walter's offensive line captain and one of the top center prospects in the country in Dan Dawkins. Ever since receiving the offer, Dawkins has spoken highly about the Dores and he does plan to visit sometime in the near future.
Just last night, Vanderbilt extended two more offers to Peddie School teammates.
Wide receiver Jahan Dotson is a 4-star recruit and a wanted man by some of the best programs in the country. Thus far, Dotson has attained offers from the likes of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame and others.
Dotson is a dynamic playmaker that could become a game changer in the Commodores offense. He is also good friends and roommates of Walters up at Peddie School, so there is already a strong connection built between the Dores quarterback commit and Dotson.
3-star linebacker Javar Garrett is a fast and athletic defensive prospect who is still growing into his body with his best football ahead of him. Garrett holds offers at this time from Indiana, NC State, Rutgers, Temple and now the Commodores.
Both Dotson and Garrett are two high quality recruits that Vanderbilt needs to go after. Both are great students in the classroom and both have a bright future on the football field.
All four prospects from the Peddie School fit the profile that Vanderbilt wants in a football player. Coach Mason doesn't look at stars, he looks for the best people that will fit in at Vanderbilt and take life head on in both academics and athletics.
Going after and offering all four prospects is a great move by the Vanderbilt staff. Pulling in the commitment of Walter's is big by itself but using his pull to go after a few of his teammates, that are high profiled recruits, is a good move as well. It is smart for the Commodores to continue building their brand in the Northeast region. If they want to build a national name for themselves, they need to touch each area of the United States and the Peddie School in New Jersey, is a great place to start.