Vanderbilt camps a key to success

I didn't mention it in my article yesterday on the keys to Vandy's recruiting resurgence; however, an outstanding camp system certainly is another important factor in the Commodore staff's successful recruiting efforts. The camps give the staff a chance too look at promising players while giving the players the opportunity to show their talents to the Vandy coaches.

Of course the players also get the chance to tour the Vanderbilt campus and see the city of Nashville while getting to know the VU coaches. In several of our recruiting articles here on VandyMania players have described how they enjoyed working with the Vanderbilt staff.

Vanderbilt has already hosted five camps this summer and this weekend the coaching staff will have two more camps to run. The VU coaches will run the 7-on-7 Music City Classic passing camp on Friday and Saturday followed by the one-day Senior Elite III, which will be the final camp of 2009.

Last year over 25 prep teams participated in the Commodores 7-on-7 passing camp with David Lipscomb winning the championship and MBA finishing as runner up. In 2007 it was Hillsboro winning the title and Franklin coming up in second place.

This year 32 teams are expected to compete including Independence, MBA, David Lipscomb, Brentwood Academy, Pope John Paul, Franklin, Hillsboro, Riverdale and LaVergne. Vandy's passing tournament is highly regarded with players paying up to $110 to participate and coaches paying up to $70 to coach. The winner and runner-up of the tournament will earn a berth into the National Select 7-on-7 Championships in Hoover, Ala.

After finishing the passing camp the VU staff will have their hands full on Sunday as well. This will likely be where they make their money as these kids could be offered and possibly make on-the-spot commitments. The staff will conduct the Senior Elite II Camp from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. It will be the Commodore coaches final opportunity to evaluate prep talent on campus this summer. Campers at this camp will receive professional instruction in football fundamentals, skills and techniques. Campers will also compete against each other in one-on-one drills.

Here is a partial list of players believed to be taking part in the Senior Elite Camp III. It's likely that there will be at least 30 or more players taking part in this camp. A "?" means they are less likely to be attending.

TE Quinton Alton Hillcrest HS (Memphis, TN)
CB Alejandro Andrade Albertus Magnus HS (Bardonia, NY)
QB Danny Farley De Paul Catholic HS (Wayne, NJ)
LB Josh Harrison Wayne HS (Huber Heights, OH)
LB Jay Herndon The Bolles School (Jacksonville, FL)
DE Austin Kirpes Rowlett HS (Rowlett, TX)
LB Vinnie Mauro St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
CB Jabari Price Blanche Ely HS (Pompano Beach, FL) ?
CB James Scales Northern Guilford (Greensboro, NC)
WR Brandon Terry Alpharetta HS (Alpharetta, GA) ?
DE Carlos Thompson Simmons HS (Hollandale, MS)
TE Jacob Wark Jesuit HS (Portland, OR)

The Vanderbilt staff has been known to offer players on-the-spot at camps so don't be surprised if there are two or three more new commitments by Monday. Stay tuned to for up-to-date Commodore recruiting news.

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