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Metairie (LA) Archbishop Rummel DB Donovan Kaufman sticks with commitment, signs with Vanderbilt

Kaufman did not sign in December.

NCAA Football: East Tennessee State at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Well, here’s some good news.

Donovan Kaufman, a defensive back prospect from Archbishop Rummel in the New Orleans area, committed to Vanderbilt back in June, but did not sign in the early signing period in December. Instead, he started looking around. He took official visits to Ole Miss and Florida State, and also got a look from Baylor. Meantime, Rivals bumped him up to a four-star recruit and now considers him the #185 prospect in the Class of 2020 — in addition to the #11 safety prospect in the nation and the #9 prospect in Louisiana.

We know how this story usually ends. Only, this time, the early commitment who blew up during his senior year, got interest from bigger names, and seemed destined to end up elsewhere, didn’t.

As it stands, Kaufman is the highest-rated recruit in Vanderbilt’s 2020 signing class according to Rivals, and one of two four-star recruits from that service (QB Mike Wright is the other.) 247 Sports sees things a bit differently; that service only has him as a three-star and ranked behind De’Rickey Wright in the incoming class.

Either way, this is a significant “pickup” for Vanderbilt as it wasn’t expected that Kaufman would remain in the class. Anchor Down.