After a couple of months of quiet on the recruiting trail, the Vanderbilt Commodores have picked up their second commitment this week, bringing them to 14 total in the 2019 recruiting class.
Thank you God for putting me in this situation. I’m beyond blessed to announce where I will be playing football at for the next four years of my life. COMMITTED⚓️ @CoachCNorcross @CoachHarriott @CoachDerekMason @VandyFootball pic.twitter.com/vTkCjU70Re— Julian Hernandez (@j_hernandez72) September 5, 2018
Julian Hernandez is a 6’3”, 295-pound offensive lineman from St. Thomas Aquinas, a powerhouse program in South Florida. He committed to Vanderbilt on Wednesday night over offers from Louisville, Pitt, and Syracuse, among others. Rivals has Hernandez rated as a two-star — likely due to his height (a bit on the small side for an offensive lineman, though he’s the same height as current Commodores Bruno Reagan.) 247 Sports is more bullish, rating him as a three-star prospect and the #45 offensive guard prospect in the Class of 2019, and the #138 prospect in Florida (the composite rating is a bit lower.)
This is the fourth straight class, by the way, in which Vanderbilt has landed a player from Aquinas; the Commodores pulled Frank Coppet from there in 2016, Grant Miller in 2017, and Tyler Steen in 2018. Here is Hernandez’s highlight tape:
With Hernandez’s commitment, Vanderbilt’s 2019 recruiting class is now ranked 51st nationally and 13th in the SEC in the 247 Sports composite.