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Who are the Commodores top offensive targets?

Today is the 1st day of summer and the Commodores currently sit with eight commitments in their 2018 recruiting class. We have gotten far enough into the recruiting season to know who Vanderbilt is actually recruiting and which prospects they have targeted in on. DoresDaily breaks down who are the current top targets for Vanderbilt on the offensive side of the ball.

Vanderbilt has put together a good class but they are far from done. Several of their top targets overall have already committed but the staff isn't done with adding offensive talent to the recruiting class. Below are the top targets currently on the offensive side of the ball for Vanderbilt and names you should know going forward.....

The Top Ten

www.scout.com/player/214524-tommy-bush

- This 4-star receiver has been on the Commodores radar for a while but to many on the outside, Vanderbilt is a long shot when it comes to adding Bush. Well the Dores are closer than some think. Bush is a very talented football prospect who is also a strong academic kid. He is taking a serious look at his recruitment and Vanderbilt is one of those teams he is looking into. The Commodores do have a fight on their hands as it may be hard to pull him out of the state of Texas. The Longhorns recently offered Bush and now could become a favorite for the 4-star recruit. Other schools to watch include Alabama, Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, TCU and Texas A&M. Vanderbilt has and will continue to push hard for Bush as he has game changing abilities at receiver and that's something Vanderbilt is in desperate need of. Prediction as of 6/20: Texas

www.scout.com/player/215208-ja-veon-marlow

- Marlow quickly became the Commodores top target at running back when they offered the Florida back earlier this year. The 3-star prospect is quite high on the Commodores as well. Since receiving the Vandy offer, Marlow has unofficially visited campus twice, including last weekend. Inside sources say that the Commodores are in the lead for Marlow and he might have even made a silent commitment to Vanderbilt. That commitment was already expected to be made public so either Marlow is waiting to announce on his own time or he might have had a change in mind and is now looking deeper into his recruitment. Either way, Marlow remains the top running back target for Vandy and the Commodores still appear to be the team to beat. Prediction as of 6/20: Vanderbilt

www.scout.com/player/193031-dallas-craddieth

- Craddieth could easily be placed among the Commodores defensive targets but he is here because Vanderbilt likes him at receiver and he likes the idea of playing that position in college. Standing 6'1 190 lbs, Craddieth has the size and strength to perform well on either side of the ball. His recruitment is being handled at his own pace and within the past month, the 3-star recruit narrowed down his list to a final eleven schools and the Commodores were a part of the list. Craddieth has unofficially visited Vanderbilt and he could be back on campus very soon. The Dores have to battle other suitors like Illinois, Missouri, UNC, Wisconsin and others for the Show Me State product but they have positioned themselves well in his recruitment. Craddieth is a ways off from making any decisions but Vanderbilt is in the thick of it. Prediction as of 6/20: Missouri

www.scout.com/player/215411-wyatt-smock

- The interior offensive line has been the targeted area for Vanderbilt during this recruiting cycle and Smock has been their top guard target from the beginning. Vanderbilt has hosted the 3-star recruit on an unofficial visit and Smock will be back in Nashville this Friday for the Commodores Friday Night Lights camp and event. Smock keeps things quiet when it comes to his recruitment and has never tipped his hand as to where he could be leaning or which school could be out in front. Two schools battling Vanderbilt for Smock are Arkansas and Louisville and the Razorbacks have added multiple offensive line commits over the past couple of weeks as well as sending offers out to new prospects. The hometown Cardinals and Vanderbilt could be the top two schools fighting it out for Smock but in the end, I believe he chooses to play in the SEC. Prediction as of 6/20: Vanderbilt

www.scout.com/player/215503-deion-smith

- This Lone Star state running back was on Vanderbilt's radar for a while until the Commodores finally offered last month. Smith and the Commodores coaching staff have built a good relationship thus far and you could see him in Nashville very soon for his first ever visit to campus and Nashville. Smith is a fast and athletic game changer from the backfield that many other college coaches have become enamored with over the recruiting period. If the Commodores really want Smith, they will have to fight others off, including Boston College, Colorado, Notre Dame, Northwestern, TCU and UCLA. Smith has yet to release any top schools or speak about who could be leading in his recruitment. His decision could be a ways off as he wants to travel and visit the schools recruiting him the hardest. Staying in state is not a definite for Smith as he is open to leaving Texas and attending college away from home. Prediction as of 6/20: UCLA

www.scout.com/player/203388-jacob-isaia

- Vanderbilt and Isaia have been on each other's radar for a long time now and last week, the Commodores finally came through with an official offer and it was an offer the Bishop Gorman product has wanted for a while. Isaia has been to campus already and will be back this week for the Commodores Friday Night Lights camp and event. Smock and Isaia are the Commodores top two targets fort the offensive line and both are battling for the one spot as Vanderbilt is only looking to take two lineman in the 2018 class, unless something happens. Vanderbilt is a serious contender for Isaia but so are a few others schools as well. I do think the Commodores will be one of the top schools for Isaia when it comes time to choosing but I feel his spot will be taken, unless something changes. Prediction as of 6/20: Michigan State

www.scout.com/player/215460-miles-marshall

- Vanderbilt hosted Marshall for an unofficial visit this past week and his time on campus went over quite well. Marshall is a big and athletic wideout who has attained several strong offers over the spring recruiting period but the Commodores were one of the first teams to come calling with an offer. Marshall is a quite young man who doesn't say too much when it comes to his recruitment but I know Vanderbilt has a good deal of interest in him and would like to bring a receiver into the class with the kind of size that the Peach State recruit presents. The recruitment for Marshall may take some time as the receiver could stretch things out as long as possible, waiting for other schools to get involved. If Marshall does choose some time soon, his decision could come down to Indiana and Vanderbilt but I feel a decision won't be made until at least the start of his senior season. Prediction as of 6/20: Indiana

www.scout.com/player/207094-emeka-nwanze

- Nwanze might be a guy that has flown under the radar when it comes to name recognition but for the Commodores, he is squarely on their radar and even holds an offer from Vanderbilt. This Peach State running back recently released his Top 5 schools and Vanderbilt made the list. Along with the Commodores, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, UNC and Wake Forest made it among his final five. It's a strong group and will end up being a tough decision for Nwanze but Vanderbilt may have a slight edge here as academics are a big deal for the 3-star back and the Commodores have been a school of interest for Nwanze going on two years now. If Vanderbilt plans to take two running backs for the 2018 class or if something happens with Marlow, Nwanze I feel could become a Commodore but for now, I have him going elsewhere. Prediction as of 6/20: Wake Forest

www.scout.com/player/215212-braden-collins

- Vanderbilt is in need of receivers for the 2018 class as depth will be an issue come next season, so the Dores are looking to sign at least three wide outs in this class. Collins is an underrated, talented receiver who holds 20 plus offers but Vanderbilt has been an offer and school that stays in consistent contact with this Knoxville native. Collins has been to Vanderbilt on multiple occasions and could be back on campus later this week. He hasn't made any lists of finalists, named any favorites or tipped his hand as to where he could be leaning. Academics do play a role here with Collins and he would like to play on the highest level possible. There is a strong possibility you see Collins choose the Commodores in the end but it still may be too early to assume that. Prediction as of 6/20: Vanderbilt 

www.scout.com/player/201742-gabriel-gonzalez

- Gonzalez is a new name to radar for some but a guy that Vanderbilt has had their eye on for a while. The Commodores officially offered the Carolina lineman a few weeks ago and the plan is to bring the big man to campus for a visit sometime in the near future. Several other Power Five schools have gotten involved with offers, including home state schools Duke, UNC and NC State. Gonzalez recently attended the "Freak Show" at North Carolina and could be in Nashville later this week for the Dores Friday Night Lights event. Gonzalez is a tackle prospect and could be the exception to the rule for Vanderbilt as they are looking to only bring in two lineman for the 2018 class. If they do bring him in for visit and become 100% sold on wanting to add him to the class, Vanderbilt will have a shot here. Prediction as of 6/20: North Carolina

Other Names to Know.....

- (OT) Mike Ruth

- (WR) Jordan Bonner

- (WR) Teshaun Smith

- (WR) Ugo Obasi

- (OL) Justin Johnson

- (OG) Chris Murray

- (OL) Carlos Vettorello

Wyatt Smock (Scott Reed / BOTMW)


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