As Vanderbilt football heads into the offseason, I’ve created a scholarship chart for 2024.
A few notes:
- Players with an asterisk (*) still have a redshirt year available.
- Things get confusing with the seniors because of the COVID bonus year, so there are three separate designations here. Players in regular font with an asterisk are seniors in their fourth year in the program who have not redshirted; these players were not playing college football in 2020 and do not have the COVID year available. Players in italics with an asterisk, such as Will Sheppard, will be playing the COVID bonus year in 2024 and technically still have a redshirt year available. Players in bold italics, such as Ken Seals, will be redshirt seniors in 2024 and could return in 2025 on the COVID bonus year. Players in italics with no asterisk, such as Christian James, will be using the COVID bonus year in 2024 and have already used a redshirt year. Players in bold (Junior Uzebu and BJ Anderson) have technically exhausted their eligibility already (having already used their COVID bonus year), but may apply for a medical hardship to return in 2024.
- Players will be listed here until we get official word that they’re leaving — so far, that list includes Julian Hernandez (who announced Saturday that he’s not using the COVID bonus year) and Daveon Walker (who announced that he’ll be entering the transfer portal.) That means that for now, the chart includes some guys like Daevion Davis and Brayden Bapst who I’m about 99% sure are retiring for medical reasons.
- High school players committed are listed here until/unless they decommit.
- Players with the “Star” designation are listed as defensive linemen and players with the “Anchor” designation are listed as linebackers.
- The list only includes scholarship players. Notable walk-ons, such as kicker Jacob Borcila, defensive lineman Nick Rinaldi, and wide receiver Richie Hoskins are not listed here.
Anyway, here’s the chart. As of today (November 26), Vanderbilt is set to have 98 players on scholarship for next season, so there’s clearly going to be some attrition:
UPDATE 11/26 evening: Four more players announced departures today. Ken Seals, Kevo Wesley, Ethan Barr, and Barrett Maddox all entered the transfer portal. The first three were seniors who are graduating and moving on, and I wouldn’t say any of them are all that surprising. Maddox, a true freshman offensive lineman who didn’t play this season, is mildly surprising though he was an undersized guy who mostly had G5 offers.
UPDATE 11/28: AJ Swann is now in the portal. I’m also going to go ahead and remove Daevion Davis, whom Aria marked as done with football in her scholarship chart.
UPDATE 11/29: Two more for the portal. Defensive lineman Nate Clifton and running back Patrick Smith are out. Have also added MTSU transfer Zaylin Wood.
UPDATE 12/1: London Humphreys, Walter Taylor, and Jayden McGowan all in the portal. Boo.
UPDATE 12/7: Justin Ball in the portal. Vanderbilt is down to 81 scholarship players.
UPDATE 12/8: BJ Anderson out, Randon Fontenette in.
|Quincy Skinner Jr.*
|Delfin Xavier Castillo*
|John Howse IV
|Alvin Williamson Jr.*
A few thoughts:
- You can sort of tell where the attrition is going to come from and/or where the coaching staff might be expecting some seniors with eligibility remaining to move on, either to the transfer portal or just retirement from football. For example, no, Vanderbilt isn’t going to carry six quarterbacks on the roster next season, so I would not be surprised if two or three of the players listed depart.
- Seven running backs isn’t going to happen, either. I would expect a departure or two there.
- The wide receiver number looks about right, but I’m watching Will Sheppard for a potential departure — either to the transfer portal or (less likely) the NFL Draft.
- Who knows with the offensive line: I could see any or all of the seniors leaving (as Julian Hernandez already has.) On the other hand, this is a prime spot for Vanderbilt to look for a portal acquisition.
- The defensive line has 20 players listed, but that’s with the aforementioned Davis and Bapst included — who, again, I don’t expect back.
- The linebacker group still looks surprisingly solid even with Kane Patterson (one of the few players who’s definitely out of eligibility) off the chart.
- The defensive back group is young, and I won’t be surprised if it gets younger, either.
- With Matthew Hayball gone, I’d bet on Vanderbilt trying to grab a punter in the portal.