So the rumors were true. Thad McHaney of Brentwood did de-commit from Ole Miss and says he's headed to Vanderbilt, where the Commodores plan to play him at defensive end. Right now, he's the No. 71 rated tight end according to ESPN. Another Vanderbilt signee, Mason Johnston of Florida, is the No. 41 rated tight end. Both get three stars from rivals.com.
I'm not sure the difference between the No. 71 and the No. 41 players. What says the most about a guy, I think, before he shows up on campus and hits the practice field, is who else wants him. Johnston got offers from Arkansas, NC State and Illinois. McHaney got offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee and Auburn.
Of course, many guys fly under the radar. Speaking of flying under the radar, there's Vanderbilt's latest signee, Javon Marshall, a 5-11, 175-pound safety from Huber Heights, Ohio. He was ESPN's No. 148 safety but didn't warrant any stars from the brain trust at rivals.com. His other scholarship offers? Miami-Ohio, Eastern Michigan and Air Force.
Oh. No wonder he chose Vanderbilt. In the next few years, we'll see why Vanderbilt chose him.