Vanderbilt's big win over Georgia doesn't just mean brighter prospects for a potential bowl bid. It also helped convince two rising high school seniors to play their college football in Nashville next year.
Kameron Uter, a four-star WR/Athlete, and Amani Oruwariye, a three-star cornerback, both gave Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin their verbal commitments on Sunday following the 'Dores 31-27 victory over the #15 Bulldogs. That win gave the team their first SEC victory of the season, and that may have been the tipping point in their college decisions. The two commitments bring Vandy's 2014 haul up to 20 athletes.
Uter, an Atlanta native, is an intriguing prospect who has shot onto the football radar thanks to a SEC-ready frame. At 6'4" and 205 pounds, he's roughly the size of Chris Boyd, and the rangy wideout could develop into a major red zone threat. Add in a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, and you've got the makings of a dangerous weapon for Patton Robinette, Johnny McCrary, and the rest of the 'Dores quarterbacks.
Uter has solid straight line speed along with good lateral movement and strong hands - the tools he'll need to succeed in the SEC. Interestingly enough, he's also a solid baseball prospect who can throw a 92-MPH fastball and has earned praise from the folks over at Perfect Game. Vanderbilt couldn't hold on to their last two-sport standout, quarterback/forward Elijah Staley, but the team is obviously hoping that Uter will hold true to his word. He turned down offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, and Navy to pick Vandy.
Oruwariye will make it to Nashville just as the heart of this team's secondary is graduating. At 6'1" he'll have the size to compete for jump balls and become a deterrent for deep passes downfield. He's a solid coverage cornerback, but he'll need to add some muscle to fill out his game and become an effective tackler in the NCAA. He's the fourth cornerback in the Class of 2014 for Vanderbilt, who will lose starters Andre Hal and Steven Clarke this spring. Oruwariye chose the Commodores over Rutgers, South Florida, Louisville, Nebraska, and Boston College.
The commitments of Oruwariye and Uter have the 'Dores ranked 21st in the nation for 2014 by Rivals.com and 26th by ESPN. Vanderbilt got a pair of solid playmakers on both sides of the ball this weekend, but there is still work to be done. The team still has feelers out for big-time prospects at defensive end, wide receiver, and tailback.