A lot has changed since the calendar went to June. It started with a post from Christian that went into detail the history of the month of June in Vanderbilt recruiting, and it seems like that really set it off. After tonight’s FNL camp, the Commodores have now added 8 commits in the past seven days, with more rumored to be on the way in the coming days.
While prior to tonight, the focus has been on the offensive side of the ball, tonight the staff showed more proof that this defense is going to be a force to be reckoned with in the future.
As the past several cycles have shown, the state of Georgia is becoming a major pipeline, and with all the talent in the peach state, it makes sense. Friday night, defensive end Jalen Pinkney made the decision to drop the anchor and join the class being built by Coach Mason and company. Jalen is the brother of current Vanderbilt WR Jared Pinkney.
Pinkney is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, and is also a top-twenty player nationally at his position, and when you put on the tape he does not disappoint. Playing for powerhouse program Norcross in Georgia, Pinkney is surrounded by talent, but his talent stands out.
Jalen has the ability to make plays with his hands that simply cannot be taught, and he has an excellent sense of football IQ when it comes to timing the snap count, and lastly he has the chance to become an elite pass rusher in the SEC. He chose the Commodores over other offers from Boston College, Minnesota, and Pitt among several others.
Dayo is a HUGE get for this staff. Not only does he potentially open up the pipeline to get more kids from the state of Texas to Nashville, but he and Jalen combined are going to be special combination in the front seven for years to come.
Dayo is a three-star as well out of Ranchview HS in Carrolton, TX, and is rated by 247Sports as a top-100 player in the state of Texas, and a top-forty player at his position nationally.
When you put on his highlights, the first thing that stands out about Dayo (besides that A-list name) is is size. At 6-foot-5 and around 235 pounds, Dayo has the kind of size SEC programs covet in the trenches. He shows versatility currently for Ranchview, playing both offense and defense, and lining up all over the front seven defensively.
Dayo chose Vandy over other offers from Texas A&M, Colorado, Baylor, and Michigan among several others.
Tae Daley has future SEC S written all over him. Another big get for Coach Mason and company from the state of Georgia, Daley has the potential to develop while in Nashville into something special.
Tae is a three-star prospect out of Northside HS in Warner Robins, GA and, according to 247Sports he is rated as a top-sixty S nationally, as well as a top-eighty player in the state of Georgia overall.
Daley chose the Commodores over other offers from Wisconsin, South Carolina, and Purdue among others.
Daley’s instincts jump off the tape, and his ability to find the ball is something Vanderbilt fans could definitely get used to. He tackles extremely well in space, and he takes some very impressive pursuit angles that show his advanced development in that aspect.
As you can see, Vanderbilt recruiting is getting heated up, with eight commits in the last seven days and next week we are going to take a look at ten of the most important targets remaining on the board for the class of 2017.