No commitments yet to Vandy's 2011 football recruiting class, which isn't terribly unusual. This time last year, only DE Thomas Ryan had verbally committed. But check back with us at the end of June, when we had nine commitments last year.
Of course, if you recognize the names Bradley Roby, Sharod Golightly, Davis Dudchock and Nash Nance then you know what verbal commitments are worth these days.
Here's what happened last season: We used momentum from the bowl victory to put together a rock-solid class, then had a bad season and spent most of the winter furiously trying to hang onto our verbal commitments.
The ideal thing for this next signing class: Coming off the bad season, we land some good prospects who want a Vanderbilt diploma, then we start playing football and pull off a few upsets, have a solid season and round out our class with top recruits at the very end of the signing period.
Ole Miss is the only SEC school with no commitments yet. Here's how the rest of the schools rate:
1. Alabama (11)
2. LSU (10)
3. Georgia (7)
4. Arkansas (5)
4. Auburn (5)
4. Miss State (5)
7. Florida (4)
8. Kentucky (3)
9. Tennessee (2)
10. South Carolina (1)
Bama and LSU are stocking up. The Tide has a five-star safety and four-stars at cornerback, defensive end, linebacker and receiver. The Bayou Bengals have a five-star at defensive tackle (of course) and offensive tackle, and four-stars at linebacker, receiver and two at running back.