VandyMania has learned that Theo Horrocks (6-3, 260, Fayetteville-Lincoln County, Tenn.), David Carter (6-5, 245, Fork Union Military Academy, Va.), and Gabriel Hall (6-3, 290, Fork Union Military Academy, Va.) will be making official visits to Vanderbilt this weekend.
Horrocks has already rendered a commitment to Vanderbilt coaches, and earlier this week became the Commodores' 14th verbal commitment (see story from earlier in the week). He helped Coach Louis Thompson's Lincoln County Falcons to a 12-1 record and a region championship last fall.
The other two official visitors were members of Fork Union's postgraduate team in 2003. Carter (left), a quarterback originally from Waynesboro, Pa., Carter stayed at Fork Union for 13th grade and played quarterback, defensive end, tight end and special teams.
Fork Union coach John Shuman described Carter as a "man-child" in the mold of 2003 Vanderbilt DL signee Greg Jacobs, who also attended Fork Union. "These are not high school guys," said Shuman. "These are post-graduates who train around the clock."
As a defensive end, Carter had five sacks and untold pass deflections, according to Shuman. As a quarterback in a three-man rotation, he threw for seven touchdown passes. He runs a 4.7 40, and can do 20 reps of 225 pounds.
Carter has visited Ball State, Ohio University, West Virginia, and will take his final visit to Missouri the week of Jan. 30. On the track team Carter throws the shot-put, with a personal best of 58 feet, and throws discus in the 175 range.
"He's really explosive, fast and intense. West Virginia wanted him as a tight end," said Shuman. "I think Vanderbilt needs him as a D-end."
Hall (pictured at top) is described by Shuman as a nose-technique defensive tackle who clogs up the middle of the defense and takes double-teams well. "He had a really good year for us too."
Vanderbilt defensive backs coach Jamie Bryant has been the one making inquiries about the two defensive linemen, Shuman said.
"As soon as Vanderbilt called and said they needed some D-linemen, we jumped on it," he said.