Friday, January 29, 2010
Is Vanderbilt trying to replace Nash Nance in this year's recruiting class?
Have we mentioned that Nash Nance screwed Vandy when in June he accepted our one scholarship reserved for a quarterback and then almost eight months later he changed his mind? And he first blamed Bobby Johnson for taking a JUCO quarterback and then he blamed God for leading him to Knoxville?
So is Vandy gonna try to snag a quarterback? There's one left who had an offer in June when Nash made his verbal commitment: Tyler Arndt, a 6-4, 200-pound gunslinger with offers from Missouri, TCU, Houston and Rice.
Here's how Arndt and Knox Nance stack up:
1. TYLER ARNDT (High school senior, has VU offer):
Scout: 2 stars, No. 102 QB
Rivals: 3 stars, No. 25 QB
ESPN: 3 stars, No. 32 QB (78 rating)
2. NASH NANCE (High school senior, former verbal commitment):
Scout: 2 stars, No. 78 QB
Rivals: 3 stars, not ranked
ESPN: 2 stars, No. 107 QB (73 rating)
Not sure if we're going after Arndt or how serious he was about playing in Nashville to begin with. Maybe he could verbally commit to Vandy and then UT could decide they want him and take a fourth quarterback this year. Though I don't think any of his teammates are five-star wide receivers.
But as you can see, Arndt was rated slightly lower than Nance by Scout, but significantly higher by Rivals and ESPN. In fact, his 78 ESPN rating ties that of safety Kenneth Ladler and kicker Carey Spear, our highest-rated recruits according to ESPN scouts.
As far as other recruits go, we're still in the running for Rajaan Bennett, a running back with offers from UK and, of course, UT.
We're also making a play for running back James Potts, who verbally committed to Buffalo, which currently has a recruiting class of only seven people. Potts visited us last weekend.
We'll break that down later. Both Bennett and Potts are ranked higher than Warren Norman and Zac Stacy were last year, which means absolutely nothing except that we stole those two guys from the rest of the country and sometimes stars mean absolutely nothing.