NCAA rules prohibit schools from releasing prospects' names before they have signed a letter of intent. But here's a look at Vanderbilt's three reported commitments:
DeMarre' Carroll, 6-7, 192 Guard/Forward, Birmingham (Ala.) John Carroll High School
"We played DeMarre' at the 3 and the 4," said John Carroll coach Marty Smith. "DeMarre' is very long-- he plays longer than 6-7. Up until his freshman year in high school he always played point guard. From the end of his eighth grade year through his freshman year, he really started growing, and he's still continuing to grow.
"He's very, very athletic. He shoots the ball well, though he's more of a slasher. But he's a fantastic rebounder."
Smith emphasized that Carroll possesses exceptional ball-handling skills for a player of his size, and compared him to Auburn's Marquis Daniels in that regard.
"A lot of people thought he was along the lines of Daniels, because of the fact that he can handle the ball so well, and the fact that he can do so many things outside," said Smith. "But yet he's so long, he can go inside and play the 4.
"When Ronald Steele was not playing the point, we asked DeMarre' to bring the ball up at point guard and run the break. I felt very comfortable letting him do that, and I think Vanderbilt would as well."
The pair led John Carroll all the way to the 6A state championship game, played last March before 12,000 fans in the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.
Shan Foster, 6-6, 185, Forward, Kenner, La.-Arthur Bonnabel High School
"He played the 4 and 5 for us in high school, because he does so many things," said Dyer. "He rebounds. He's so long and tall. He has an 84-inch wingspan, so he could easily be a 6-8, 6-9 kid. He's only 17, so I think he's got another growth spurt there."
Foster's stock began to soar after some outstanding play last summer for the New Orleans Jazz of the AAU. As a member of that team Foster participated three prominent national camps-- the Bob Gibbons Camp in Chapel Hill, N. C., the ABCD in Teaneck, N. J., the Big Time in Las Vegas.
"He's gone from being rated 144th in the nation to a Top 50 player," said Dyer. "He's really improved in both his shooting and his ball handling. Some coaches have him scoped out to play the 2 or 3 spot in college."
"Right now he's probably a 2-man or 3-man in college, but he could still have another growth spurt. His dad is 6-8. So I could see him being a 6-8, 215-220-pound kid in the next year or so. He could play a good, solid small forward, power forward, or a good shooting guard. He runs the floor well. He shot 48% from behind the [3-point] line last year. At the ABCD Camp, he shot 54% from the 3-point line."
"He averaged 21 points a game last year. He's been working on individual skills. He's really matured a lot as a kid, too. He's been around some good players."
Alex Gordon, 5-10, Point Guard, Pensacola (Fla.) High School
In his junior season with Pensacola High School, Gordon averaged 26.3 points, 5.9 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game. He was named first-team All-State in 4A in leading Pensacola to a 21-9 record.
"They have great academics," Gordon said of Vanderbilt to the Pensacola News Journal. "And the SEC is one of the top conferences in basketball. They have good coaches, and they face the top competition every week."
Gordon is noted for his ball-handling, his long, arcing jump shot, and his on-court charisma. He is also the star quarterback for the Pensacola High football team, and this past summer he starred for the Tallahassee Wildcats, an elite AAU team.
"[Vanderbilt was] just there from day one and they recruited me real hard," Gordon told recruiting analyst Dave Telep of TheInsiders.com.
Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin has at least four commitments lined up for the early signing period, and it is possible there are others which have not yet become public.
Corbin's commitments include: Alex Feinberg, a shortstop from Orinda (Calif.) Miramonte; Scott Pettus, a right-handed pitcher from Nashville-Montgomery Bell Academy; David Price, a left-handed pitcher from Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman HS; and Kyle Waldrop, a first baseman / pitcher from Knoxville (Tenn.) Farragut HS.