For Coach Mason and his staff, this past Friday night was huge when it came to finding some talent, and showcasing the complete package Vanderbilt offers as a program. As a result of this two very important anchors dropped on Saturday night, with one being the commitment of Frank Coppet, and the other coming from Deuce Wallace. Both stories were broken on Twitter:
Coppet was among 247Sports' Barton Simmons "eye catchers" at FNL, and it was clear how important his Vanderbilt offer was to him. He came to Nashville specifically for the event, then departed back to Fort Lauderdale the next day.
Coppet currently plays CB for national powerhouse program St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Coppet's list of offers won't wow you, as he chose to play in Nashville over other offers from schools like Akron, Bowling Green, Toledo, and New Mexico among others. His film, however, is telling enough that this kid is not going to have any problem playing in the SEC, especially seeing the level of competition he has faced in HS throughout his time there. Currently, according to 247Sports, Coppet is rated as a 2-Star recruit.
A few other things stood out while taking a look at both his Junior highlights and his performance this spring. While he may not be the tallest corner (5-foot-10) he still definitely projects as a cover corner at the next level. On several plays, it is obvious that he has a knack for the ball and will never be hesitant to make a play on the ball. When it comes to tackling, he makes up for his lack of elite speed with excellent pursuit angles, as well as an ability to hit hard in the open field. It will be interesting to follow his recruitment through the rest of the summer, as more offers should definitely be on the way.
Deuce Wallace has been vocal, and extremely enthusiastic since committing to the Commodores in late April. Wallace, a one-time Northwestern commit, has been actively recruiting for Coach Mason and staff, and broke news Saturday night that could possibly change the direction of the program: He has decided to enroll early and will be able to play spring ball in 2016. With a rather crowded quarterback battle, and no significant leader for the time being, Wallace has a chance to come in, work hard, get acclimated to the University, and compete for playing time as a true freshman in the fall.
After another busy week for Vanderbilt football, the team is now one week closer to the Thursday night opener against WKU. Keep it here for the latest recruiting updates, and as always #AnchorDown.