Vanderbilt pursuing tight end

The Vanderbilt staff has already picked up a stellar tight end commit in Texan Taylor Thompson. Could the Commodores be looking to add another tight end to the 2008 class? VandyMania has learned that the Commodore staff is looking hard at another tight end, this one from the state of South Carolina.

Tight end Phillip Silverstein may not be a household name for many college football fans but if you follow Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest, Michigan State or Colorado you might want to keep an eye on this senior from T.L. Hannah High School in Anderson, South Carolina. You see, the coaches from those schools are keeping a close watch on him and several could be very close to offering Silverstein.

Silverstein does not have an offer but is being recruited hard by several schools. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound senior caught 18 passes for 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns while playing mostly as a wide receiver during his junior season. Last season Cameron Ford, who will be a freshman at Wake Forest this fall, got majority of the catches for Hannah.

Later in his junior season the Hannah staff moved Silverstein from wide receiver to the tight end, a position more suitable for Silverstein's build. Silverstein, who has great hands to go along with his super build and great 4.66 speed, should see the bulk of his playing time at tight end during his senior campaign.

How hard is Vanderbilt recruiting this kid? Very hard, in fact, while VandyMania was talking with Silverstein he received an email from Commodore assistant coach Ted Cain. The Hannah senior has visited Vanderbilt twice over the summer and liked what he saw, "I like the tight ends coach, Coach Cain, a lot. He's a real nice guy and he's been like on me since February. He just keeps encouraging me. I really liked everything they had to offer. They are not as bad as what people think, they beat Georgia last year." Silverstein plans to visit Vanderbilt again during this season's Georgia game.

Silverstein also visited Wake Forest and Virginia over the summer. At Virginia he spoke with the head coach for 20 minutes. According to Silverstein Virginia is close to offering but wants to see more film of Silverstein blocking first. That's the same word he's getting from most college coaches: they want to see film of him blocking during his senior year.

Silverstein should be able to provide ample film soon. Hannah beat Hillcrest, 34-32, in its opener on Friday night and during the game Silverstein provided several key blocks.

Stay tuned to for updates on this rising prospect.

Phillip Silverstein (left) celebrates a Hannah score. Top Stories