James Franklin increased this 2014 recruiting class to six members this weekend, earning a pair of commitments on Saturday to bolster a deep Vanderbilt roster. Lloyd Tubman, a 230-pound defensive end and tight end from Louisville, and Elijah Staley, a 6'6" (or 6'7", depending on sources) pocket passer from Marietta, both gave Franklin verbal agreements to play college ball in Nashville.
Staley will join K.J. Carta-Samuels as the team's potential quarterbacks of the future when the fall of 2014 rolls around. The Georgia native is an imposing presence behind center at 6'6"(ish), and he's also a four-star basketball recruit as a power forward. Staley had football scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Boston College, and Mississippi State, but chose the Commodores instead. He also had basketball scholarships from Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Miami, Alabama, and Cincinnati. According to ESPN, he's coming to Nashville "for football only."
Tubman is an intriguing two-way player who can add depth at a pair of positions in which Vandy has a deep roster of young talent. He's a 6'5", 230-pound athlete who can run a 4.5 second 40-yard dash. His mix of talent and size should have him rising up the recruiting ranks as his high school career wears on. The Louisville native spurned offers from Kentucky, Louisville, and Western Kentucky to choose the 'Dores.
Vandy got a pair of big-time athletes thanks to the energy provided at the Black and Gold Spring Game. If the Commodores can keep these two players - and they are sure to face some steep competition as signing day draws closer - each could end up having a major impact on James Franklin's team. Staley in particular is intriguing thanks to his basketball talent (and the fact that the 'Dores are drained when it comes to effective power forwards at the moment), but Tubman's versatility and explosiveness could end up making him a huge find for Vanderbilt in the future.