Recent Stanford transfer Davis Dudchock will have someone to share stories about the west coast with in Nashville this fall. On Thursday, Cardinal cornerback/wide receiver Chandler Dorrell, son of Vanderbilt offensive coordinator Karl Dorrell, announced that he was following Dudchock to Vandy.
Dorrell walked on to the Cardinal program after gaining limited interest from FCS schools like Penn and Eastern Illinois as a high school senior. He did not see any playing time as a true freshman last fall and will be eligible to play right away from the Commodores. He'll have a chance to contribute for a program that will lose 74 percent of its receiving output this fall. Vanderbilt lost All-American Jordan Matthews and All-SEC do-everything player Jonathan Krause to graduation in the spring.
The redshirt freshman played cornerback for the Cardinal last season in a scout team role. At 5'11" and 190 pounds he is expected to shift to the offense where he can earn snaps as a slot receiver this fall. He could also see playing time on special teams, both as a gunner and as a kick returner. He comes from strong football bloodlines and was a two-time state champion with St. Thomas Aquinas in Florida, so his contributions will likely go beyond what shows up in the box score in 2014.
Dorrell may not have the immediate impact that Dudchock will, but he's got four years to prove himself with the Commodores. Vandy has plenty of young talent competing for snaps, but there are several vacancies on the team's depth chart that will need to be sorted out before August 28th. A big summer could make the redshirt freshman a surprising piece of the team's game plan.
You can check out both Dudchock and Dorrell's profiles in the just-released 2014 Vanderbilt Football fact book.