Vanderbilt's first Junior Day event is this weekend but prior to hosting a bevy of recruits on campus, the Commodores brought in three of their top targets ahead of time and has hopes of sealing the deal with two of them.
Peddie School (NJ) teammates quarterback Allan Walters and his center Dan Dawkins are in town until Thursday visiting Vanderbilt and the Commodores are hoping their efforts and their future signal caller can convince one of the top interior offensive lineman in the Northeast region to AnchorDown in Nashville.
Dawkins is considered the top offensive lineman prospect for Vanderbilt in the 2018 class. Walters is currently committed to Vanderbilt and he would love to have his high school teammate to join him in the Black and Gold. The Commodores are considered a top contender for Dawkins, so these next four days will go a long way towards landing the 3-star lineman.
Walters has been committed to Vanderbilt since December of last year. While continuing to hear from other programs, the 4-star quarterback has remained solid with his pledge to the Dores and is very excited about his future in Nashville.
The Jersey signal caller has immediately became the Commodores top recruiter. Walters remains active on the trail working other recruits and trying to convince them to consider Vanderbilt. He is the Dores biggest recruiter for Dawkins. Walters has been working his high school starting center hard since the Dores offered him and he hopes to prove his point about Vanderbilt while on their visit to Nashville this week.
The third recruit to hit campus today is local standout and Brentwood Academy 4-star Gavin Schoenwald.
Vanderbilt has been all over Schoenwald going on two years now. The continued efforts at landing Schoenwald are working as the Commodores are looked at as a strong contender for the 6'4 220 plus pound athlete.
Schoenwald is being recruited to Vanderbilt as an athlete. He will be the starting quarterback this season for his Brentwood Academy team after playing tight end last year as a junior. The Commodores are looking at Schoenwald mainly for tight end but is more than willing to give him a look at quarterback as well.
Regardless of position, Schoenwald is a very talented football player who fits the profile of a Vanderbilt man. The coaching staff has been working hard at recruiting Schoenwald for a while now. Bringing him to campus along with Walters and Dawkins is a good move because all three guys are considered pillars for the 2018 class, of course if decided to come to Vanderbilt.
It is not expected that Dawkins or Schoenwald will make a commitment while on campus but today's visit along with having the Jersey teammates on campus till Thursday, will be big factors if they either one decided to eventually commit to the Commodores.