Vandy Expected to Sign 16-18 on Wednesday

National signing day is on Wednesday and future college football players around the nation will be faxing their National Letters of Intents to their universities of choice. Bobby Johnson and his staff have again worked hard to put together another solid crop of future Commodores. Look for a Commodore crop of 16-18 players to be signed.

Local product Wesley Johnson, projected as an offensive tackle, is one of Vanderbilt's most highly regarded prospects. The three-star prospect narrowed his list of schools to Vanderbilt and Auburn before picking the Commodores. Johnson said he has been able to keep in contact with all the other prospects as he is a regular visitor to Vandy. "Everybody I've been talking with is just excited as I am. I've been talking to Thad McHaney a lot and all the others. They are all real excited and can't wait to get up here." Johnson plans to start working out at Vanderbilt soon after signing day.

McHaney (Brentwood Academy) is another outstanding local pickup by the Vanderbilt staff. The three-star prospect had previously committed to Ole Miss before having second thoughts and deciding to head to West End. He also had offers from Tennsessee, South Carolina and Kentucky

Other key players expected to sign with Vanderbilt include Chicago area quarterback Charlie Goro. Goro was recently selected to the Parade All-American team after passing for over 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns during his senior season at Maine South High School. Speedy running back Zach Stacy rushed for over 2,400 yards and 36 touchdowns for Bibb County high school in Alabama.

Lightening fast Texas cornerback Eddie Foster had offers from Northwestern, Ole Miss, Utah, and Boise State. He has been timed with sub 4.4 speed in the forty yard dash. Fellow Texan Brady Brown turned down Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa to be a Commodore. He caught over 70 passes as a senior and made multiple all-star teams.

One highly touted player that it appears won't be coming to Vanderbilt is Birmingham lineman Darrius McMullin. McMullin recently visited Kentucky and has an offer from the Wildcats in addition Ole Miss.

With the loss of McMullin look for Vanderbilt to sign two more players for a total of 18. One of them could be athlete Wesley Tate of John Paul II high school in Nashville. Tate, whose brother, Golden, plays for Notre Dame, recently said that he would decide on signing day between Vanderbilt, Purdue, and Georgia Tech.

Several players remain in the database that have been offered by Vanderbilt but who have not committed to anyone including Knoxville Catholic TE Daniel Hood; Kinsman Thomas, who is a wide receiver from Marlboro County, S.C.; tight end Tony Trahan from Texas; defensive end Chikaobi Reid from Charlotte, N.C. and cornerback D'Andre Wood from Louisburg. However, it is not certain if Vanderbilt is still even recruiting these prospects.

The Commodore staff could opt to award a final remaining scholarship to a walk-on or keep it for next year's crop. Don't be surprised though if there is a late commit of an under the radar player you've never heard of before such as current center Joey Bailey, who committed at the last minute a couple years ago. Theron Kadri is another player who committed very late. The Vanderbilt staff is good at finding these kinds of players, who everyone else has missed. Both Kadri and Bailey were offered and committed at the last minute and both have played considerably at Vandy. Look for the staff to use the last scholarship to sign the best remaining player remaining, regardless of position.

WR Brady Brown (6-5, 205) Argyle, Texas (Argyle Secondary School)
OT Mylon Brown (6-5, 290) Dade City, Fla. (Pasco High School)
OL Justin Cabbagestalk (6-4, 297) Seffner, Fla. (Armwood High School)
AT Eddie Foster (5-10, 180) Colleyville, Texas (Colleyville Heritage High School)
S Jay Fullam (6-1, 190) Chattanooga, Tenn. (McCallie School)
QB Charlie Goro (6-2, 190) Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South High School)
OL Wesley Johnson (6-5, 250) Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell Academy)
TE Mason Johnston (6-4, 235) Jacksonville, Fla. (The Bolles School)
CB Javon Marshall (5-10, 175) Huber Heights, Ohio (Wayne High School)
DE Walker May (6-4, 210) Birmingham, Ala. (Briarwood Christian High School)
DE Thad McHaney (6-4, 250) Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
RB Warren Norman (5-9, 185) Chamblee, Ga. (Chamblee High School)
RB Eric Samuels (6-0, 185) Umatilla, Fla. (Umatilla High School)
LB Blake Southerland (6-1, 226) Norcross, Ga. (Greater Atlanta Christian School)
RB Zach Stacy (5-10, 190) Centreville, Ala. (Bibb County High School)
CB Trey Wilson (5-10, 175) Shreveport, La. (Evangel Christian Academy)

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