Vanderbilt’s 2017 recruiting cycle is all wrapped up and commits have put their pen to the paper.
The Commodores finished their 2017 cycle with a total of 19 total signees. Even though the class could be bigger with the addition of some transfers, and they already have landed one in Illinois RB transfer Ke’Shawn Vaughn and are currently in one a few other kids. Something else to mention is the staff recently offered and are chasing after 2017 JUCO OG Saige Young.
With National Signing Day over, all focus turns to the 2018 cycle. Derek Mason and his staff did not live up to expectations with the 2017 cycle after putting together a few November wins against Ole Miss and Tennessee. But with the 2018 cycle, many fans are expecting this new class to take that next step and land in the top 30 by the time the next National Signing Day comes around.
The 2018 cycle started with a bang in the form of one of the top 2018 quarterbacks, Hightstown, NJ (The Peddie School) Allan Walters. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder committed to Vanderbilt a few months ago and immediately put credibility into Vanderbilt’s 2018 cycle. In addition, he added a whole lot of momentum for the staff on the recruiting trail.
It’s still way-too-early to predict what this class will look like or even end up. But the staff did end up holding a few offers for transfers and so they could take any prospects that they liked in the 2018 cycle. With Walters leading the charge for this cycle, it could be a historical class for the Commodores.
Like I mentioned above, we are still almost a year out of the end of this cycle. So some of these targets below might end up committed elsewhere or even off the board in a few months. However, I give it my best shot below. I hope you enjoy!
1. WR Camron Johnson, 6-foot-1, 182-pounder. Brentwood, TN (Brentwood Academy)
Vanderbilt has really struggled to land in-state prospects since Derek Mason has been the head coach for the Commodores. In the 2017 cycle, the staff only landed one total prospect from the rich talent pool of Tennessee this year and he was a last minute addition. So, the Dores’ top target in the class early in the cycle is a really talented in-state receiver in Camron Johnson. The 6-foot-1, 182-pounder burst onto the scene as a freshman where he recorded over 700 yards and several touchdowns. He continued to do that in his junior year, but stacked up 800 receiving yards. Since that point, he has received offers from programs like Duke, Auburn, LSU, and others due to his in speed, elusiveness, and athletic ability he shows both on the football field and basketball court.
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