Wednesday, February 4, 2009

No surprises: Vanderbilt gets its 17 recruits as expected

On recruiting sites, Vanderbilt has had 17 commitments for a couple of weeks now. But everybody pretty much knew that one of those WASN'T going to happen. That, of course, was Darrius McMullin, who was a soft commitment and then got a phone call from Urban Meyer and then visited Lexington and now doesn't meet Vanderbilt's academic standards.

I'm guessing Darrius wasn't in the school chorus or plays the piano.

So subtract Darrius McMullin but add Wesley Tate, a tough and game-ready running back for the Dores, who actually was in the school chorus and actually does play the piano. And that adds up to 17 recruits for the Vanderbilt.

Click here for lots of great stuff about these young men on the official VU site.

Here's all 17 in the order in which they signed today:

• Mason Johnson, TE, 6-4, 235, Jacksonville, Fla.
• Brady Brown, WR, 6-5, 200, Argyle, Texas
• Eric Samuels, DB, 6-0, 185, Eustis, Fla.
• Wesley Johnson, OL, 6-5, 250, Nashville, Tenn.
• Warren Norman, RB, 5-10, 188, Stone Mountain, Ga.
• Walker May, DE/LB, 6-5, 210, Birmingham, Ala.
• Zac Stacy, RB, 5-9, 192, Centreville, Ala.
• Charlie Goro, QB, 6-2, 192, Park Ridge, Ill.
• Blake Southerland, LB, 6-2, 235, Lawrenceville, Ga.
• Trey Wilson, DB, 5-11, 182, Shreveport, La.
• Jay Fullam, S, 6-1, 190, Chattanooga, Tenn.
• Mylon Brown, OL, 6-5, 300, Trilby, Fla.
• Javon Marshall, DB, 5-10, 180, Huber Heights, Ohio
• Eddie Foster, DB, 5-10, 165, Colleyville, Texas
• Justin Cabbagestalk, 6-3, 265, Tampa, Fla.
• Thad McHaney, DE/TE, 6-5, 235, Brentwood, Tenn.
• Wesley Tate, RB, 6-2, 210, Hendersonville, Tenn.

And yes, it would have been nice on paper to add McMullin. But I think these 17 guys will do just fine, especially after strength coach John Sisk and food coach Magic Noori get ahold of them.

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