Vanderbilt's stable of tailbacks just got a bit thicker. The Commodores added 210 pound runner Jamauri Wakefield when he faxed his letter of intent to Natchez Trace on National Signing Day.
Wakefield ran for nearly 200 yards per game as a senior at Providence High School in Jacksonville, FL. He gained an average of 9.2 yards per carry in the four games recorded by MaxPreps this season. The big-bodied back picked Vandy over scholarship offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, and Oregon State. Here are his senior year highligh-oh my goodness that poor cornerback at 0:32.
He'll join a Vanderbilt backfield that features All-SEC candidate Ralph Webb, power back Dallas Rivers, and a pair of young playmakers in Josh Crawford and Jaire George. Wakefield has the strength and power to be an effective runner between the tackles, and his reported 4.48 40-yard dash time suggests that he'll be able to break away from linebackers in the open field.
Wakefield is the Commodores' eighth commitment of National Signing Day.