What more is there to say here other than #AnchorDown? On a night where Vanderbilt started the Championship series of the CWS, Coach Mason and his staff are here to remind everyone football season is almost here, and recruiting season is in full force.
The commitment comes in the case of LB/RB Sam Brodner, who is from Glenbard West HS in Glen Ellyn, IL. Brodner chose to #AnchorDown in NashVegas over other offers from in-state Illinois, Wyoming, Nevada, Bowling Green, and interest from several schools, including Penn State and Wisconsin. The news was broken by who other then Sam Brodner himself on his Twitter, with a reaction to the news by fellow Commodore commit Deuce Wallace:
Blessed to say I've decided to continue my academic and sports career at Vanderbilt University! #sports ⚓️⬇️ pic.twitter.com/LxB8A9gf1p— Sam Brodner (@sambrodner4) June 23, 2015
@CoachDerekMason @Coach_Ludwig @TylerBarnesVU @sambrodner4 Big Get right there! LET'S GO!!! #AnchorDown #Select16 Just getting started!!— Deuce Wallace (@DeuceWallace) June 23, 2015
I am sure some of you are wondering what this #Select16 is about, other than it being for the 2016 class. If you take a look at our 2015 roster, it's clear that this is a VERY young team with a limited amount of scholarships to give out for the 2016 class. So while over 200 offers are out for this class, only a very small percentage of that will become commits; that number will be lower than 20.
Brodner has been flying under the radar until recently, when he LIT UP The Opening Chicago. Take a look at these numbers, according to 247Sports and Barton Simmons: He measured in at 5'9.5, 212 pounds, ran a 4.49 forty, and had a 39.6(!) inch vertical. Brodner also could have the chance to play defense, but that question will be answered in February when he signs his NLI.
As recruiting season picks up, look for Vanderbilt to land several more commits, including possibly another running back. Later this week an update will go up that has all the latest news and notes on Vanderbilt recruiting, from in-depth looks at the commits, to looking at some new targets after losing out on several in the past couple weeks. Check out Brodner's impressive highlights here, courtesy of Hudl: