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295-pound JuCo Offensive Lineman Anchors Down; Egidio DellaRipa Joins the Vandy Class of 2015

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Vanderbilt added some beef to their 2015 recruiting class on Wednesday. Former Fresno State commit Egidio DellaRipa, a 295-pound offensive lineman, flipped his commitment to the Commodores.

I'd like to imagine that Gouger and Townsend are excited watching DellaRipa's highlight reel.
I'd like to imagine that Gouger and Townsend are excited watching DellaRipa's highlight reel.
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In one week, Derek Mason has managed to flip two recruits to Vanderbilt. On Sunday, it was quarterback Deuce Wallace. Yesterday, the Commodores got a commitment from junior college offensive lineman Egidio DellaRipa.

DellaRipa is a 6'4" offensive lineman who is listed at somewhere between 290 and 298 pounds. He spent the past year at California's College of the Canyons as the team's left tackle. Here's his highlight reel from 2014:

DellaRipa chose Vanderbilt over offers from Fresno State, Louisville, Coastal Carolina, and Murray State.

The junior college veteran is eligible to play right away and has the bulk to step into a role on the offensive line immediately, but that may be a tall task. The Commodores will return every starter other than center Joe Townsend this fall. In all, eight of the 10 players on Vandy's two-deep will be back in 2015. DellaRipa has three years of NCAA eligibility remaining and still has the option to redshirt this season if the coaching staff decides that he'd have a bigger impact in 2016 and beyond.

DellaRipa will be the fifth offensive lineman in the team's recruiting class of 2015. He'll join Darian DeBrossard, Ean Pfeifer, Justin Skule, and Jared Southers as the latest projects for coach Keven Lightner to mold into SEC-caliber bulldozers.