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We got most of the prospects we wanted.

NCAA Football: Vanderbilt at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It appears that Vanderbilt’s early signing period is done. 19 players signed with the Commodores today. We’ve been putting out individual profiles of all of the new signees, but here is a quick index of all the players that signed with Vanderbilt:

2019 Signees

Player Position Height Weight Hometown High School Composite Rank
Player Position Height Weight Hometown High School Composite Rank
Anfernee Orji S 6'2" 210 Rockwall, TX Rockwall 461
Dontye Carriere-Williams CB 5'11" 190 Miami, FL Independence CC 36 (JC)
Daevion Davis DL 6'2" 310 Madison, AL James Clemens 684
Devin Boddie Jr. WR 5'11" 175 Memphis, TN Whitehaven 868
Jayden Harrison WR 5'10" 190 Antioch, TN Pearl-Cohn 909
Christian James DE 6'5" 255 Germantown, TN Christian Brothers 978
Justin Harris S 6'1" 175 Southside, AL Etowah 1016
Keyon Brooks RB 6'1" 205 Powder Springs, GA Kennesaw Mountain 1065
Joel DeCoursey TE 6'4" 245 Zionsville, IN Zionsville Community 1093
Jamil Muhammad QB 6'2" 215 Madison, AL James Clemens 1228
Donald Fitzgerald OT 6'8" 280 Nashville, TN Hillsboro 1326
Jaylen Mahoney CB 5'11" 180 Rock Hill, SC South Pointe 1380
Julian Hernandez OG 6'4" 300 Davie, FL St. Thomas Aquinas 1428
JR Tran-Reno RB 6'1" 205 Birmingham, AL Briarwood Christian 1724
Justin Ball TE 6'6" 240 Glenn Dale, MD Gonzaga College 1810
Gabe Jeudy CB 6'1" 170 Charlotte, NC Ardrey Kell 1844
Brandon Maddox DT 6'3" 280 North Augusta, SC Pima CC 193 (JC)
Nate Clifton DE 6'5" 260 LaVergne, TN Brentwood Academy 2197
Jared Wheatley P 6'0" 180 Matthews, NC Porter Ridge 3022

Links to Anchor of Gold profiles on each signee:

Anfernee Orji

Dontye Carriere-Williams

Daevion Davis

Devin Boddie Jr.

Jayden Harrison

Christian James

Justin Harris

Keyon Brooks

Joel DeCoursey

Jamil Muhammad

Donald Fitzgerald

Jaylen Mahoney

Julian Hernandez

JR Tran-Reno

Justin Ball

Gabe Jeudy

Brandon Maddox

Nate Clifton

Jared Wheatley

Breakdown by State

  • Tennessee: 5
  • Alabama: 4
  • Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina: 2 each
  • Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Texas: 1 each

One notable feature in this year’s signing class is that the coaching staff didn’t hit up the West Coast at all. That had been a feature of the last few signing classes, but it appears that the coaching staff has built up enough regional contacts to not have to do that any more. This year, 10 of 19 signees come from within 300 miles of campus, and the farthest-away signee (not counting the JUCO guys) is Julian Hernandez, who’s from the Miami area. The staff hit up metro Nashville for Harrison, Fitzgerald, and Clifton; metro Memphis for James and Boddie; north Alabama for Davis, Tran-Reno, Muhammad, and Harris; and metro Charlotte for Jeudy, Mahoney, and Wheatley. DeCoursey is from metro Indianapolis, Ball is from metro D.C., Brooks is from metro Atlanta, and Orji is from Dallas/Fort Worth.

Breakdown by Position

  • QB: 1
  • RB: 2
  • WR: 2
  • TE: 2
  • OL: 2
  • DL: 4
  • DB: 5
  • ST: 1

This year’s class is heavy on defensive linemen and defensive backs, which were two areas of need. It doesn’t have a single linebacker (Kendall Young, the one linebacker in the class, decommitted yesterday), though Anfernee Orji might well end up there. It’s also fairly light on offensive linemen — though offensive tackle prospect Brayden Bapst is still expected to sign in February, and Justin Ball or Nate Clifton might end up on the offensive line.

Who’s still out there?

Brayden Bapst, as mentioned, is expected to sign in February. RB Delbert Mimms and TE Jeff Blake did not sign this week and apparently don’t intend to. We’ll see about that, but it’s worth pointing out that the two commitments last year who didn’t sign early — Miles Jones and Rayshad Williams — wound up going elsewhere (Jones to Nebraska, Williams to UCLA.)