By Russell Lorentz, for Vandy Insider
It’s near the end of June, and Vanderbilt Head Coach Derek Mason is seeing major progress on the recruiting trail, thanks to victories over Ole Miss, Georgia, and Tennessee in 2016 and an expanded recruiting budget. In fact, it’s Mason’s biggest haul yet thus far during his brief tenure as he heads into his fourth season on West End.
Mason sealed the commitment of Brentwood Academy (TN) duo Gavin Schoenwald and Camron Johnson recently. The pair were the most sought after in-state prospects under Mason since the pledge of ESPN 300 standout Joejuan Williams in 2015. In addition, highly touted prospects Alston Orji, and Tre’ Douglas gave Mason their word, and the current class is on pace to be Vanderbilt’s program best since 2013.
Derek Mason has himself looking pretty good.
That feeling when you’re bowl eligible for the first time since 2013. 😎 pic.twitter.com/qXH3FJ7H4c
— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 27, 2016
Currently, Vanderbilt holds the 27th ranked recruiting class, and the fifth best class in the SEC, according to 247 Sports.
Vanderbilt’s 2018 Recruiting Commitment List:
Camron Johnson – 4* Wide Receiver – Brentwood Academy (TN)
Notable Offers: Tennessee, Auburn, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina
Alston Orji – 4* Inside Linebacker – Rockwall (TX)
Notable Offers: Arkansas, Baylor, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, Washington
Tre’ Douglas – 3* Defensive Back – McDonough, GA (Eagles Landing)
Notable Offers: Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, USC, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee
Alan Walters – 3* Quarterback – Hightstown, NJ
Notable Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Missouri
Daniel Dawkins – 3* Center – Hightstown, NJ
Notable Offers: Missouri, Michigan, North Carolina
Gavin Schoenwald – 3* Athlete – Brentwood Academy (TN)
Notable Offers: Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina
Ben Bresnahan – 3* Tight End – Cumming, GA
Notable Offers: Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Cincinnati
Miles Jones – 3* Athlete – Fort Lauderdale, FL (American Heritage)
Notable Offers: Georgia, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia
Wyatt Smock – 3* Offensive Linemen – Louisville, KY
Notable Offers: Arkansas, Louisville
Dashaun Jerkins – 3* Defensive Back – Woodbridge, VA
Notable Offers: Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati
Rayshad Williams – 3* Defensive Back – Memphis, TN
Notable Offers: Arkansas, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech
Javan Rice – Kicker – Miami, FL
Notable Offers: Florida International