In the next several days, I am going to dive deeper into the world of recruiting. First, we are going to take a look at just how all of these defensive backfield commits fit into the future of this program. Next, we are going to to break down the offensive part of the class. Lastly, this time next week we will look forward to the impact of the Joejuan Williams commitment is going to have on future classes, especially in-state recruiting.
When taking a look at the 2016 Class, the #Select16 is nearly complete, and is a pretty solid class overall. While compared to the majority of the SEC it may not look like much, many of the problems this 4-8 team faced should be able to be fixed between now and next fall. For a defense that many opponents had to create specific game-plans for, depth will no longer be an issue for a team that faced several injuries throughout the season.
Joejuan Williams- Williams, arguably the best player in the state in this class, can play both CB or Safety, depending on who you ask. Williams has the talent to see the field as a true freshman, and I am sure that was a big factor that led to him staying in-state and committing to Vandy over the weekend. As an early enrollee, Williams will be given every chance to climb the depth chart throughout the spring.
Zaire Jones- Jones, who we flipped from Mississippi State earlier in the season, has some very explosive film, and is nearly a consensus 4-star across all the major recruiting sites. Jones projects as a ball-hawking safety during his time in West End, and a secondary with him and Joejuan on the same side is something Vandy fans have been dreaming of, and that could become reality sooner rather than later.
Austin Quillen- Quillen committed early on in the process to the Commodores, and that commitment has paid off for the Commodores. While leading his HS team in Oklahoma (Jenks HS) to a 4th straight State title, Quillen showed improvement on the field, and he is going to be given all the chances to succeed while in Nashville. A redshirt is definitely a possibility here, but I would not be shocked at all if he ends up pushing for playing time as a true freshman next fall.
Frank Coppet- Coppet is the last of this loaded group of Secondary commits for the 2016 class, but certainly not the least. Coppet played for Florida state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, and while he may not be rated as highly on the above names, Coppet makes up for that with his leadership, and tireless work-ethic. Coppet has recently received interest from several other P-5 schools, but no need to worry, Coppet is going to be a Commodore for the next 4-5 years, and I expect him to compete and see the field as a true freshman, whether it be defensively or on special teams. He is just too talented to leave off the field.
While the talented defensive unit from this season will be returning several starters, The four student-athletes mentioned above are going to see the field, both early and often. Players around the program are ready to return to bowl eligibility next season, and one crucial piece nearly every bowl eligible team has that Vanderbilt may not have this season was depth. Depth is no longer going to be a problem in the secondary.