As we get closer to the summer, the Football program is about to enter the best part of the offseason: RECRUITING SEASON.
Offers have gone out all over the WORLD; 247Sports Reports Coach Mason and his staff have sent out almost 200 scholarship offers. Over the next several busy, busy weeks of recruiting, there will be a weekly article like this one that details the latest offers as well as updates on our top targets for the 2016 Class and beyond. Today, will kick things off with Vandy's latest commit.
Deuce Wallace - Deuce committed to the Commodores on April 19th when he flipped his commitment from Northwestern. Since his commitment, Deuce has reportedly been lighting up the camp circuit, and many experts expect his rating to increase as we get closer to the beginning of his Senior season. Deuce also came out to #NashVegas for an unofficial visit this weekend, according to his twitter account.
RECENT 2016 OFFERS
Phil Patterson: Patterson is an extremely athletic 6-foot-2 170 pound WR from Bayside HS in Virginia Beach, VA. Vanderbilt was his first SEC offer, which he said "Means a lot to me sir!" Patterson also has reported offers from Duke, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Penn State among others. you can see his junior highlights here.
Sterling Strother: Strother is an offensive tackle with prototypical size at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. Strother currently plays for Campolindo HS in Moraga, CA and according to his 247Sports Profile, is a top 70 OT in the country. Vanderbilt is seen as the favorite for the time being, but he has other offers from Cal, Colorado, and Army to name a few. You can catch his junior highlights here.
Jordan Mack: Mack is a physical 6-foot-2, 182 pound Defensive Back from Wesleyan School in Norcross, GA. Mack's offer list also includes Virginia, Boston College, and Georgia Tech - but Vanderbilt is his first SEC offer. according to his 247Sports profile, Mack is thought of as being a top 25 ATH overall, and a top 40 player in the state of Georgia. His junior highlights can be found here.
Donald Stewart: Stewart is an immensely talented 6-foot-4, 180 pound wide receiver from national powerhouse Paramus Catholic in West Orange, NJ. Stewart has a very impressive offer list which includes Michigan, Boston College, Iowa, and Maryland - but no SEC schools besides Vanderbilt (Notice the trend?!). According to his 247Sports profile, Stewart is one of the top 25 recruits in the state of New Jersey, as well as a top 110 WR overall. Catch his junior highlights here.
Brandon Stephens: Stephens is a 6-foot 201 pound running back with elite field vision who plays for Plano HS in Plano, TX. Stephens has several Power 5 offers already, including scholarships from Florida, Texas, and Wisconsin. According to his 247Sports profile, Stephens is rated as a top 50 Running Back overall, and a top 100 player in the state of Texas. Check out his junior highlights here.
LaRonde Liverpool: Liverpool is a 6-foot-3 225 pound outside linebacker from Landstown HS in Virginia Beach, VA. Liverpool is currently flying under the radar in regards to other Power 5 schools but still holds offers from Indiana, Virginia, NC State, and Wake Forest. Look for this to change as the summer goes on and he is able to gain more exposure as he gets closer to his senior season. According to his 247Sports profile he is a top 70 OLB nationally, as well as a top 40 player in the state of Virginia. His junior highlights can be found here.
Tahj Herring: Herring is a 6-foot 185 pound cornerback from Suffield Academy in Suffiield, CT. Vanderbilt is only his second offer behind one-time Vandy rival UConn. According to his 247Sports profile, Herring is rated as the number 2 prospect in the state of Connecticut. Check out his junior highlights here.
Ben Stille: Stille is a 6-foot-5 235 pound prototypical strong-side defensive end from Ashland-Greenwood HS in Ashland, NE. Vanderbilt is his first SEC offer, but he already has some big offers in America's Heartland. Nebraska, Iowa, and Iowa State are all in play for his services. Check out his junior highlights here.
Donta Evans: Evans is a 6-foot-3 230 pound inside linebacker from Archer HS in Lawrenceville, GA. Vanderbilt joins fellow SEC schools Kentucky and Auburn to offer run-stopping defender. He also has offers from Louisville, Iowa, and North Carolina. His junior highlights can be found here.
Next week, the plan is to go over any offers that go out this upcoming week, as well as going over some primary targets Coach Mason and his staff have for the 2016 Class. #AnchorDown and welcome to #NashVegasRecruiting