During Derek Mason's second season as the Head Coach here in Nashville, we saw a significant change in the way the defense played, but the progress on the offensive side of the ball was just not as present as one would hope with the addition of Andy Ludwig. Going into the "Dead Period" of recruiting, Vanderbilt closed with one more BIG commitment on the defensive side of the ball when Joejuan Williams announced his commitment to Vanderbilt just hours after an LSU official visit. The offense was due for some good news, and it came on Monday night.
Jamauri Wakefield, an under-the-radar RB from Providence HS in Jacksonville, FL, announced on Twitter that he had committed to play for Coach Mason and the rest of the staff. Wakefield had several other offers according to Rivals, most notably Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Maryland, and lastly Wake Forest (where he was once committed). Interested Vanderbilt fans will be able to catch both him and QB commit/early Enrollee Deuce Wallace at the Blue-Grey All-American game on January 9.
Wakefield has the potential to be a difference maker in this offense. He and fellow recruit Sam Brodner will be tasked with leading the backfield when Ralph Webb IV leaves the program. They should help add more depth to the position that drove the Commodore offense in 2015.
Check out his recently released senior highlights, and you can see his power jump right off the tape. For someone over 200 pounds, Wakefield also shows off some special juke moves in the open field to go along with long strides and excellent vision that will help him in the SEC.
Look out for the offensive review (so far) of the 2016 Class to come your way Wednesday afternoon. As always, we will keep you updated here on everything black and gold here at AoG.