Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tracking the Vanderbilt football talent pool from 2009 to 2012

Our buddy from Anything But Gatorade — everybody’s favorite Kentucky/Vandy site — questioned our use of the word “stockpile” when referring to the talent the Commodores will have in 2011 and 2012.

And yes, how often do you see “stockpile” and “Vanderbilt football” in the same sentence?

But check out how the number of Vandy upperclassmen who received at least one three-star rating — from either Scouts, Rivals or ESPN — increases from last season to the year 2012.

That’s an astounding increase in talent. Sure, you'll have two-star guys like Chris Williams and Myron Lewis who'll rise to the top; Sean Richardson is this year's version. But there's no doubt that getting higher rated recruits helps a program.

In 2009, Vandy had six upperclassmen on the roster who’d received three stars from one of the above recruiting services. In 2012, based on current rosters, we’ll have 42.

That talent will make a difference.

Just wait and see.

2009 (6)
• QB Jared Funk (unanimous)
• QB Mackenzi Adams
• DT Adam Smotherman
• DT Greg Billinger
• LB John Stokes
• ATH Turner Wimberly

2010 (12)
• QB Jared Funk (unanimous)
• QB Larry Smith (unanimous)
• OL Kyle Fischer (unanimous)
• FB/TE Ryan van Rensburg (unanimous)
• DT Adam Smotherman
• LB John Stokes
• WR Udom Umoh
• ATH Turner Wimberly
• ATH Jamie Graham
• DB Casey Hayward
• TE Brandon Barden
• LB Chris Marve

2011 (23)
• QB Larry Smith (unanimous)
• OL Kyle Fischer (unanimous)
• FB/TE Ryan van Rensburg (unanimous)
• LB DeAndre Jones (unanimous)
• WR Brady Brown (unanimous)
• WR Udom Umoh
• DL Taylor Loftley
• DB Eric Samuels
• RB Zac Stacy
• RB Warren Norman
• DB Trey Wilson
• DB Al Owens
• ATH Jamie Graham
• DB Casey Hayward
• TE Brandon Barden
• LB Chris Marve
• WR John Cole
• LB Tristan Strong
• OL Richard Cagle
• DB/LB Micah Powell
• OL Ryan Seymour
• DT Colt Nichter
• QB Jordan Rodgers

2012 THREE-STAR UPPERCLASSMEN (42)
• LB DeAndre Jones (unanimous)
• WR Brady Brown (unanimous)
• OL Wesley Johnson (unanimous) (redshirt)
• TE Mason Johnston (unanimous) (redshirt)
• DB Karl Butler (unanimous)
• DB Andre Hal (unanimous)
• TE Blake Gowder (unanimous) (may redshirt)
• DL James Kittredge (unanimous)
• DL Jared Morse (unanimous)
• DL Vince Taylor (unanimous)
• DL Kyle Woestmann (unanimous)
• OL Grant Ramsay (unanimous)
• WR Jonathan Krause (unanimous)
• DL Taylor Loftley
• DB Eric Samuels
• RB Zac Stacy
• RB Warren Norman
• DB Trey Wilson
• DB Al Owens
• DB Eddie Foster
• DB Jay Fullam (redshirt)
• DE Walker May (redshirt)
• DE Thad McHaney (redshirt)
• LB Blake Southerland (redshirt)
• RB Wesley Tate (redshirt)
• WR Chris Boyd
• DB Kenny Ladler
• DB Andre Simmons
• WR John Cole
• LB Tristan Strong
• OL Richard Cagle
• DB/LB Micah Powell
• OL Ryan Seymour
• DT Colt Nichter
• QB Jordan Rodgers (if redshirt in 2010)
• QB Charlie Goro
• OL Mylon Brown
• WR Jordan Matthews
• K/P Carey Spear
• OL Andrew Bridges (may redshirt)
• OL Logan Stewart (may redshirt)
• DE Thomas Ryan (may redshirt)

4 comments:

Bob Loblaw said...

Touche, Mr. Holmes. Touche.

VandyPhile said...

John Stokes was a 5* on at least one board. Was he not at least 3* elsewhere to qualify as unanimous?

DIMON KENDRICK-HOLMES said...

Of the three services I used, Stokes got 4 stars from Rivals but two stars each from ESPN and Scouts. But he remains the only 4-star Vandy recruit in recent memory to enroll in school.

DIMON KENDRICK-HOLMES said...

Hey Mr. Loblaw, we'd happily swap a half-dozen of these guys for Randall Cobb.