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July 6, 2013Signing Day for the 2014 recruiting period may still be six months away, but Vanderbilt has already hit the ground running for many prospects within the 2015 class. The Commodores currently have two rising high school junior commitments and have extended offers to dozens more.
Several early Commodore targets, as well as potential prospects of interest will descend on Dallas, Texas this week for the second annual Rivals Underclassman Challenge presented by Under Armour.
Commodore commitment and Ensworth High standout Donovan Sheffield will be joined by Oakland High linebacker target Josh Smith and new Ravenwood receiver Van Jefferson as mid-state products firmly on the Vanderbilt product, while other talents like Overton defensive back Ugo Amadi and Laverge 2016 defensive lineman Jean Phil have popped up on the VU radar in recent months.
Regional targets Tyler Carr, Malik Miller, Kerryon Johnson and Joshua Thomas will also be there. All four appear to be on Vanderbilt's early 2015 and 2016 big boards.
Other prospects such as Tampa running back RayRay McCloud III, Virginia lineman Chance Hall and Georgia defensive lineman Russell Ude impressed during Vanderbilt's first series of prospect camps in June and will look to up their stock even more with good showings at the Challenge.
Many of the nation's top rising junior and sophomore quarterbacks will be in Dallas, including passers on Vanderbilt's early radar such as Brady White, Tyler Hilinski, Caleb Wilson and Jimmy Fitzgerald.
Click HERE for a full roster of the prospects slated to perform at the Rivals Underclassman Challenge.
Rivals.com has long been the dominant source of recruiting information and coverage. With market-leader Under Armour now teaming with Rivals, the camps and the experience are going to become even better for players.
The Rivals Underclassmen Challenge Presented by Under Armour is the elite camp for juniors, sophomores and selected freshmen to display their skills. Last season players from all over the country -- 26 states had at least one player represented -- gathered to display their skills on the field.
The stars will come together once again this year. For those athletes lucky enough to receive an invitation, Dallas will be the place to shine.