After a weekend in which Coach Mason and his staff gained two crucial playmakers going forward in Kalija Lipscomb and Jackson Winrow, the emphasis for Vanderbilt Football going forward will be primarily on the defensive side of the ball. The recruiting Class of 2016 now stands at 18, and due to declarations, transfers, and graduations more spots have opened up than expected. Before we look forward to this upcoming weekend, let's first take a look back at what went down last week (other than the two new commitments).
Last Weekend's News and Notes
Brandon Adams - Adams took a visit to Georgia Tech this past weekend. Adams is said to be very seriously considering GT, according to Scout.($) Vanderbilt will get him on campus this weekend, and he is a crucial piece of this class. More on him in a bit.
Bradlee Anae - Anae seemed to enjoy his visit to Nashville, though nothing is imminent. He is currently undecided, and has other scholarship offers from Hawaii, BYU, and Utah.
Cameron Goode - Goode is currently committed to Cal, but he visited Vanderbilt this past weekend and that has left things uncertain as National Signing Day approaches.
News So Far This Week
On Monday, Andre Mintze, a DE/LB from Philadelphia was offered by Coach Mason and this staff. Earlier today, he announced he is taking an OV to Nashville this weekend, and will be visiting UMass next weekend. Mintze announced his visit plans on Twitter:
Cameron Tidd- Tidd has been committed to Vanderbilt for quite some time now. New DL Coach C.J. Ah You stopped by for an in-home visit with the 3-Star DT from Center Grove HS in Greenwood, IN. Tidd shared a picture from his in-home visit on Twitter:
Upcoming Visits of Note
Kalija Lipscomb- Lipscomb, Vanderbilt's newest commit who dropped the anchor during his official visit this past weekend, has changed up his visit schedule. Northwestern, who also at one point held a commitment from QB and early-enrollee Deuce Wallace, will no longer be getting an official visit this weekend from Lipscomb. Instead, he plans on taking an official visit to Nebraska prior to NSD, according to 247Sports ($)
Along with Mintze, the recently offered DE/OLB from Philadelphia, several of the Commodores verbal commitments are scheduled to officially visit Nashville this upcoming weekend. According to Scout, The official visit list this weekend includes WR Donaven Tennyson, DL Drew Birchmeier, OT Braden Kopp, OT Devin Cochran, S Austin Quillen, ATH Jamauri Wakefield, DT Brandon Adams, CB Elijah Hamilton, and DT Cameron Tidd.
An uncommitted prospect who will be on campus this upcoming weekend is DE Kelvin Lucky. Lucky is from Edgewood Academy in Elmore, AL and currently has other offers from schools such as Texas, UCF, and Missouri to name a few. Lucky was already going to be on "commit watch" but having him visit among so many other future Commodores is something that is definitely working in the favor of Coach Mason and the staff. Currently, according to 247Sports, Lucky is scheduled to visit Austin next weekend for an official visit to Texas. Here's to hoping this staff and the other visitors on campus this weekend don't let him leave Nashville without dropping the anchor.
As we approach NSD head on with only twelve days to go now until the infamous first Wednesday in February, keep it here at Anchor of Gold for the latest in always FREE Vanderbilt recruiting news. Following the official visits this weekend, look for a quick update on the status of Kelvin Lucky and Andre Mintze, as well as any news that may have broke over the weekend on Monday morning.