Top running backs considering Vanderbilt

During spring drills Vanderbilt Commodores Head Coach Bobby Johnson revealed that the football team would go to a two-back offensive set in 2002 from the one-back set it used in 2001. The switch will take some pressure off the quarterback and give the offense more versatility. Because of the switch there is a need for more running backs. The Commodore coaching staff is currently in contact with no less than 18 fine running backs throughout the nation.

At least eight of these fine prospects have been offered by Vandy. This week VandyMania takes a look at some of these propects and gives information on each.

Marcus Thomas, a running back from Tolleson Union High School in Bellflower, Arizona headlines a list of great running backs considering Vanderbilt. Thomas tore the turf up last season as a junior gaining 2,089 yards and scoring 28 touchdowns. The 6-1, 185 prospect already has offers from Colorado State and Arizona in addition to Vanderbilt. 3-star prospect recently had this to say to Jamie Newberg, "Right now, I am pretty open between Vandy, Colorado State, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA, Oregon State and Oregon. I am looking at depth charts because I would like to play as quick as I can."

Micah Andrews who's father, William, played for Auburn and the Atlanta Falcons, rushed for 28 touchdowns and over 1,700 yards as a junior. The Greater Atlanta Christian School running back possess outstanding 4.4 forty speed. In May Micah told Scott Kennedy of "I don't really have a true favorite yet though. I like Vanderbilt, Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia Southern."

Carl Stewart, a fine running back prospect out of Maryville, TN is ranked as the #57 RB prospect in the nation. He's interested in Auburn, Memphis and Tennessee in addtion to the Commodores.

Cole Seifrig is another highly touted running back for whom the Commodores are in the mix for. The Indiana product has excellent speed and is an outstanding student. Seifrig visited the Vanderbilt campus in June. He is a 3-star prospect for

Here's the complete list of running back prospects believed to be considering Vanderbilt for the next level:

Name.Height . Weight .Hometown
Micah Andrews. 5-11 . 180 . Norcross, GARushed for 1,784 yards and 28 touchdowns. Vandy has offered.
Lance Ball. 5-10 . 225 . Teaneck, NJ 1,600 yards rushing. Maryland Commit.
Jeb Bines. 5-9 . 190 . Winston-Salem, NCOver 3,300 yards rushing as a junior! Rivals100 3 star prospect.
Darrell Blackman. 6-0 . 195 . Williamsport, PAOver 2,500 yards rushing and 32 TDs as a junior. VU has offered.
Tashard Choice. 6-1 . 200 . Lovejoy, 3 star prospect. Georgia and Georgia Tech in pursuit.
Jason Evans. 6-1 . 188 . Kennesaw, GAVandy has offered along with Texas A&M and others.
Breon Ford. 5-10 . 185 . Lindale,GARushed for over 1,150 yards as a junior.
Blake Goodman. 5-11 . 205 . Nashville, TN.All-State in 2001
Brandon Jackson . 5-10 . 180 . Altheimer, ARFine RB from the Razorback state.
John Martin. 6-2 . 190 . Cecil, ALSleeper who may set records as a senior.
Cole Siefrig. 6-2 . 190 . Lincoln City, IN Blazing 4.38 speed. 57 TDs in last two seasons.
Kolby Smith. 5-11 . 187 . Tallahassee, FLHas offers from Clemson and Auburn. Also plays safety.
Carl Stewart. 6-2 . 190 . Maryville, TN4A All-State in 2001.
Demetris Summers. 6-2 . 215 . Lexington, SCHas rushed for over 6,700 yards and 105 career touchdowns in three seasons.
Austin Sykes. 6-1 . 218 . Coraopolis, PAOver 1,300 yards rushing with 20 touchdowns in 2001.
Marcus Thomas. 6-1 . 185 . Tolleson, AZVU has offered. 28 rushing TDs as a junior.
Mitchell Thomas. 6-3 . 212 . Smiths, AL Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU also in pursuit.
Skyler Thornton. 6-0 . 194 . LaGrange, GAGreat speed. Georgia and Florida also interested. Vandy has offered.
Derrick Williams. 5-11 . 201 . Bellflower, CAAverages over 8 yards a carry. Colorado, Arizona, and UCLA have offered in addition to Vandy.

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