Firstly, we now know that former David Lipscomb defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier is headed to Vanderbilt and will be eligible to play for the 'Dores in 2018. But just who is Rutger Reitmaier?
Rutger Reitmaier is a 6-foot-3, 281-pound defensive lineman that committed to Oregon in June 2016. He signed with the Ducks in February and then reported to the team in the summer but suddenly decided Oregon wasn't the place for him. After most "experts" expected him to end up at Tennessee, on Wednesday he announced in a Tweet that he would be a Commodore.
Reitmaier was a heavily recruited prospect at David Lipscomb high school. He received numerous offers from power conference programs including Arkansas, Duke, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, Ole Miss, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn State, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Wake Forest and West Virginia. In July 247Sports.com reported that Reitmaier had requested permission to contact four schools, Duke, Michigan, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, who were his other finalists when he committed.
Reitmaier was a 4-star prospect on Rivals.com. 247Sports.com also gave him 4-stars and ranked him as the No. 10 prospect overall. However, for the 247 composite rating, he was 3-stars and the No. 23 DT prospect. Reitmaier was the No. 10 prospect in the state of Tennessee in 2017. He was the No. 1 defensive line prospect in the state.
On the field, Reitmaier is hard to block. Scout.com's Scott Kennedy commented on the future Commodore.
"Reitmaier is a defensive lineman who comes to play each and every play. He goes hard, he plays until the whistle blows and he brings intensity and energy all game. He is tough to block due to his pad level and his ability to get under the offensive lineman and win the leverage battle. He works his hands and he is a strong defender who plays with power. He has good lateral movement and he has the ability to get up the field to make plays in the backfield. He flashes great anticipation of the snap and that helps him get penetration. He can still improve his moves and pass rush skills." LINK
During his career at Lipscomb Reitmaier had 159 tackles, 52 tackles for losses and 16 sacks. He caused eight fumbles.
As a senior in high school Reitmaier was named to the Class 4A First Team All-State Team by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. LINK
He should be eligible to play for Vandy in the 2018 season since he has sat out this season. That will be good news for the Derek Mason staff with Nifae Lealao completing his eligibility this season.
VandyMania Forums: Reitmaier commits to Vandy!
— Rutger Reitmaier (@ReitmaierRutger) October 11, 2017