Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Vanderbilt grabs Vince Taylor, yet another defensive lineman, and you can't have enough of those

It's been a great week for Commodore recruiting. First Vandy gets a commitment from Bradley Roby, a big-time receiver who's been clocked at 4.34 seconds in the 40.

Now Vince Taylor of Hattiesburg, Miss., has committed to the Dores.

And get this: Taylor, who is 6-foot-1 and 270 pounds, runs 40 yards in 4.7 seconds. Which means he's as fast as Nash Nance, the quarterback who committed to Vandy a couple of months ago. ESPN scouts say he has a "good motor." I'd say so. He's also tough against the run and an all-around "tough player in the trenches."

Anyway, Taylor turned down offers from Tennessee, Miss State and hometown Southern Miss, as well as Duke, Tulsa and South Alabama.

He gets a 77 rating from ESPN and three stars from Rivals and Scout, which is almost the exact rating of Vandy's three other defensive tackle commitments, Kyle Woestmann (77/3/3), James Kittredge (76/3/3) and Jared Morse (77/NR/3).

Yes, Vandy has commitments from FOUR three-star defensive tackles. That's a huge step for this program, which has always had trouble getting quality recruits and especially depth at running back and defensive line. Some folks on chat boards are worried that we're burning up all our scholarships on DTs. Get ’em while you can, I say. Kittredge can play defensive end, so throw in DE Thomas Ryan, another three-star guy and our first commitment, and we've got a ready-made starting lineup. Look at big-time programs like Alabama, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, USC. Those teams have no shortage of defensive linemen. Heck, maybe one of them got Justin Cabbagestalk's scholarship. (The February signee got arrested this summer and is not listed in the new media guide.)

And these four guys all have good motors and toughness and even a bit of cockiness and nastiness. Just look at Taylor's photo. Think he wants to run down a quarterback?

Oh, and for what it's worth, Vandy now has 20 verbal commitments, tied with LSU for the most in the SEC.

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