Defensive tackle David Patterson of Warrensville Heights, Ohio heads a list of outstanding defensive line prospects looking at the Commodores. Patterson has been described as an "explosive and talented pass rusher". Duane Long of Ohio's Future Stars had this to say about David: "He now has offers from Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, S. Carolina, W. Virginia, Pitt, Maryland, Iowa and Vanderbilt among others. He is up to 280 lbs now and will play defensive tackle this fall." Currently Ohio State and Miami (Fla.) are in the lead for the services of this fine prospect.
Danvers, Massachusett product Jonathon Loyte is considered one of the top prospects in the northeast. Loyte had 77 tackles, 11 sacks, and four caused fumbles during his junior campaign. Vanderbilt has offered but will need to beat out Syracuse, Boston College, Maryland, Michigan State, and Stanford.
Will Paul of St. Louis, Missouri is among the top prospects in the nation. Because of his explosive speed (4.59 forty) the 6-4, 255 pound Paul can play variety of positions including fullback, tight end, or defensive end. Vanderbilt has offered this fine prospect but so have 20 other universities.
Other fine defensive line prospects include local star Steven Jones (Brentwood) who has been offered by Vanderbilt. Jeremy Brown (OK), Derrick Hampton (MS), Jeromy Jones (GA), and Zane Tomlin (TX). Here is a list of many of the top defensive linemen who are looking at Vanderbilt:
|Name||. Height||. Weight||. Position||. Hometown||Remarks|
|Jeremy Brown||. 6-5||. 265||. DL||. Tecumseh,OK||87 tackles and 5 sacks as a junior.|
|Derrick Hampton||. 6-3||. 275||. DL||. Greenville, MS||LSU leads but Vandy in the mix for this fine prospect.|
|Jeromy Jones||. 6-3||. 265||. DL||. Marietta, GA||Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech also after Jeromy.|
|Steven Jones||. 6-6||. 285||. DL||. Brentwood,TN|
|David Patterson||. 6-3||. 275||. DL||. Warrensville Heights, OH||16 quarterback sacks as a junior!|
|Zane Tomlin||. 6-4||. 278||. DL||. San Antonio,TX||30 tackles for losses as a junior.|
|Viciente DeLoach||. 6-4||. 215||. DE||. Columbus, MS||Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss in pursuit.|
|Antron Dillon||. 6-5||. 212||. DE||. Independence,LA||One of the top prospects in Louisiana.|
|Marcus Dixon||. 6-6||. 260||. DE||. Lindale, GA||Fine prospect who is coming to VANDERBILT!|
|Jonathan Loyte||. 6-6||. 250||. DE||. Danvers, MA||Gerry DiNardo (Indiana) has offered along with Vandy. Fine prospect.|
|Will Paul||. 6-4||. 254||. DE||. St. Louis,MO||Super prospect who has a ton of offers.|
|Vince Redd||. 6-6||. 225||. DE||. Elizabethton,TN||Named to Class 4A All-State Football Team as a junior.|
|Mike Saint Germain||. 6-4||. 250||. DE||. Morristown, NJ||Boston College, Iowa, Michigan State all after this fine prospect.|
|Richard Thom||. 6-4||. 220||. DE||. Gainesville, GA||Vandy looking to take another from Georgia.|
|Logan Tweardy||. 6-4||. 240||. DE||. Lexington, KY||North Carolina, Michigan, Wake Forest among the school pursuing Logan.|