Top linebackers considering Vanderbilt

Although Vanderbilt will need one less linebacker on the field in 2002 with the 4-3, Vanderbilt linebackers coach Warren Belin is intent on signing an outstanding crop of linebackers to get the the Vanderbilt linebacking corps back to it's former glory days of the nineties. Currently the Commodores are in contact with no less than two-dozen linebacker prospects nationally. In fact, Vanderbilt has already offered at least six linebackers.

Vanderbilt returns to the 4-3 defense in 2002 and hopes to regain some of the domination that it's linebackers had in the late 1990s when stars such as Jamie Winborn, Antony Jordan, Jamie Duncan and Matt Stewart terrorized opposing offenses.

Standouts Nate Morrow and Antuian Bradford completed their eligibility after the 2001 season. Both had productive careers as linebackers for Vanderbilt and each signed as free agents with NFL teams.

Based on the current personnel situation Vanderbilt can be expected to sign at least four to six linebackers in the 2003 recruiting class. The Commodores signed five linebackers in the recent 2002 crop.

One of the leading linebacker prospects considering Vanderbilt is Mitchell Thomas form Smiths Station High School in Smiths, AL.

The 6-3, 220 pounder has already been offered scholarships by Vanderbilt, Auburn, Alabama and Florida. By combining good size with excellent speed Mitchell has managed to increase his value as a prospect. Mitchell also played running back as a junior, gaining almost 1,000 yards.

Below is a list a few of the many linebacker prospects currently considering Vanderbilt:

Name. Height . WeightHometownRemarks
Jon Abbate. 6-0 . 232 . Kennesaw, GAAlso considering Florida and Georgia.
Lewis Baker. 6-3 . 195 . Lewisville, TX Vandy has offered. Texas A&M also in pursuit.
Travis Berry . 5-11 . 225 . New Orleans, LA Over 25 tackles for losses. VU offer.
Nick Borseti. 6-3 . 215 . Danvers, MA Penn State and Wisconsin like Nick.
Deonte Burman. 6-3 . 240 . Vienna, GA Lemming top 100 prospect.
Tim Cesa. 6-2 . 230 . Kennesaw, GAHard hitter. Georgia, Notre Dame and Penn State lead.
Josh Cobb. 6-3 . 215 . El Paso, TX Arizona, Baylor and Colorado have offered.
Tim Crowder. 6-4 . 220 . Tyler, TX12 sacks as a junior. VU has offered.
Victor DeGrate. 6-3 . 232 . Desoto, TX Great speed. 90 tackles as a junior.
Perry Dixon. 5-11 . 220 . Gosnell, ARArkansas leads.
Adam Geib. 6-5 . 207 . Waco, TX15 tackles in one game.
Jarvis Jackson. 6-2 . 206 . Atlanta, GAAlso considering Georgia Tech and Virginia. VU offer.
Epie King. 6-1 . 198 . Dallas, OROregon and Washington
Kyle Mayden . 6-1 . 235 . Lockwood, MO Over 125 tackles as a junior. Kansas State, Missouri also interested.
Antoine Owens. 6-3 . 210 . Nashville, TN One of state's top prospects. Punishing hitter.
Carlton Rice. 6-1 . 207 . Huntsville, ALHeavily recruited. Also rushed for 1,000 yards.
Demarcus Scott. 6-2 . 245 . Greenville, MS Mississippi State and Ole Miss lead.
Fred Sparkman. 6-3 . 215 . Columbia, TN Class 4A lineman of the year.
Mitchell Thomas . 6-3 . 212 . Smiths, AL Vanderbilt, Alabama, Auburn and Florida lead for this star.
Garrett Tremblay. 6-2 . 225 . Indio, CA First Team All-State as junior. VU offer. Top Stories