Top defensive linemen considering Vanderbilt.

The Vanderbilt Commodore coaching staff has already secured a commit from one of the top defensive line prospects in the state of Georgia but they aren't finished yet. Dozens of highly touted defensive tackles and ends have the Commodores listed as a team they are considering.

Vanderbilt Head Coach Bobby Johnson chose to go with the 4-3 defensive alignment in order to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Indeed with just 12 total sacks the Commodores were lacking in that department during the 2001 season. The need for an extra defensive lineman coupled with the loss of veterans Doyle Crosby and Wally Conyers has led to an intensive recruiting effort by the Vanderbilt staff to get more outstanding quarterback crushers wearing the Black and Gold.

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. HometownRemarks
Jeremy Brown. 6-5 . 265. DL. Tecumseh,OK87 tackles and 5 sacks as a junior.
Derrick Hampton. 6-3 . 275. DL. Greenville, MSLSU leads but Vandy in the mix for this fine prospect.
Jeromy Jones. 6-3 . 265. DL. Marietta, GAAuburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech also after Jeromy.
Steven Jones. 6-6 . 285. DL. Brentwood,TN
One of state's top prospects.
David Patterson. 6-3 . 275. DL. Warrensville Heights, OH16 quarterback sacks as a junior!
Zane Tomlin. 6-4 . 278. DL. San Antonio,TX30 tackles for losses as a junior.
Viciente DeLoach. 6-4 . 215. DE. Columbus, MSArkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss in pursuit.
Antron Dillon. 6-5 . 212. DE. Independence,LAOne of the top prospects in Louisiana.
Marcus Dixon. 6-6 . 260. DE. Lindale, GAFine prospect who is coming to VANDERBILT!
Jonathan Loyte. 6-6 . 250. DE. Danvers, MAGerry DiNardo (Indiana) has offered along with Vandy. Fine prospect.
Will Paul. 6-4 . 254. DE. St. Louis,MOSuper prospect who has a ton of offers.
Vince Redd. 6-6 . 225. DE. Elizabethton,TNNamed to Class 4A All-State Football Team as a junior.
Mike Saint Germain. 6-4 . 250. DE. Morristown, NJBoston College, Iowa, Michigan State all after this fine prospect.
Richard Thom. 6-4 . 220. DE. Gainesville, GAVandy looking to take another from Georgia.
Logan Tweardy. 6-4 . 240. DE. Lexington, KYNorth Carolina, Michigan, Wake Forest among the school pursuing Logan. Top Stories