Vanderbilt's spring festivities will conclude this weekend with the Commodore's Spring Showcase with many of the Vandy Nation in contingent.
The staff has been busy this spring working to get the 2017 Vanderbilt football team better on top of continuing their recruiting efforts with the 2018 class. Last weekend they hosted a big group of visitors and this weekend will be no different.
Things begin today as Vanderbilt is set to host Chaminade (Ca) teammates receiver Michael Wilson and defensive end/outside linebacker Parks Gissinger on campus for a full in-depth, personal visit. The Commodores have extended offers to both guys who both have the profile that the Vanderbilt staff is looking for in a student athlete. Both Wilson and Gissinger are strong students in the classroom as well as being stud prospects on the football field.
Wilson is a 4-star recruit who has quickly became one of the top receiver prospects on the West Coast. Along with his Vanderbilt offer, Wilson also holds offers from Arizona St, California, Iowa St, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon St, Purdue, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Yale. Many view Wilson as a lean to Stanford but things remain wide open for the 4-star prospect.
Gissinger is a 6'4 235 pound dual pass rusher who would nicely inside the Commodores 3-4 defense. He has the frame to easily beef up and play with his hand in the dirt or stand up outside and rush the quarterback from the edge. Vanderbilt was one of the first schools to show interest and offer Gissinger and have remained in strong contact since. Along with holding an offer from the Dores, the 3-star recruit also holds offer from Colorado St, Harvard, Kentucky, Michigan St, Nevada, San Diego St, Syracuse and Yale. Gissinger is also receiving steady interest from the likes of Colorado, Northwestern, UCLA, Utah, USC and others.
Along with hosting the two Chaminade College Prep teammates, Vanderbilt will also be bringing in a large group of recruits that range from the 2018 class all the way to the 2020 class.
It's a big weekend of recruiting for Vanderbilt as they are hosting a few of their top targets with hopes of selling their brand even further and bringing in said targets as commitments.
American Heritage (FL) athlete Miles Jones is the Commodores top offensive threat target and the 3-star recruit has been high on the Dores recruiting board for over a year. He is headed up to Nashville as a featured guest and the Commodores hope everything goes well enough to bring him into the fold.
Offensive line was a feature during last week's Junior Day and it will be again this weekend. Bishop Gorman (Nv) guard/center Jacob Isaia and Uni. of Detroit-Jesuit (Mi) guard Carlos Vettorello headline the group. Isaia has been a high profiled recruit for some time and it's big that the West Coast lineman is making the trip all the way to the south to see Vanderbilt.
Winter Haven (FL) running back Ja'Veon Marlow is another big offensive target headed to campus this weekend. Vanderbilt offered Marlow over a month ago and has him currently at the top of their running back recruiting board. This weekend will go a long way towards the Commodores efforts at landing Marlow.
Farragut (TN) teammates tight end Jacob Warren and receiver Braden Collins are coming down from East Tennessee to check things out on West End. Warren added a Vanderbilt offer earlier this week and Collins landed one months ago. Warren holds offers from multiple SEC schools while the Commodores are Collins lone offer from the SEC.
The defensive side of the ball is a big focus of recruiting this weekend for Vanderbilt. Multiple targets and high profile recruits are headed to campus with several guys coming from all different states.
The secondary is a big emphasis this weekend. Vanderbilt is bringing in such guys like Cardinal Gibbons (FL) safety Maxwell Worship, Eagle's Landing Christian Academy (Ga) corner back Tre Douglas, Warren Central (IN) safety Julius Brents, Steele (Tx) corner back JayVeon Cardwell, Whitehaven (TN) defensive back Rayshad Williams and Archer (Ga) corner back and current Duke commit Taiyon Palmer.
Worship is seen as one of the Dores top safety targets and a commitment would gladly be accepted, if one was made. Douglas is high profile recruit who holds offers from several Power five programs and big a huge get for Vanderbilt. Palmer has been committed to Duke for some time for seems interested in Vanderbilt and maybe others. Williams is a top secondary target for Vanderbilt as he could play corner or safety in Nashville. Cardwell and Brents are two guys Vandy jumped in on early and have positioned themselves among their top group of schools.
Linebacker is another featured position this weekend. Lawrence Central (IN) linebacker Cameron McGrone is headed to Nashville to visit the Commodores this weekend. The 4-star recruit added an offer early from Vanderbilt and has remained on the radar since. Northshore (La) prospect Jeremiah McDonald plays safety for his high school team but the Dores may like him at linebacker where his 6'3 190 pound frame could fit better. His upside is large and the Commodores are a strong contender for the Bayou recruit.
The possibility of additions to the Commodores 2018 recruiting class is out there, so stay tuned to DoresDaily throughout the weekend for the latest news from Vanderbilt's Spring Showcase weekend.