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July 28, 2014
The Vandy Dozen
Vanderbilt recruiting has been on an upswing over the last several years as the program has enjoyed its best five-year period since the early 1990's, with several prospects turning into impact players during the Commodores three straight bowl trips.
New head coach Derek Mason and his staff are looking to continue this momentum with the 2015 recruiting cycle, though the program is expected to sign a smaller class than normal, with no more than 15 prospects likely to sign National Letters of Intent in February.
As part of it's recruiting coverage, VandySports.com takes a look at the very top prospects on the Commodore radar and rankings them according in The Vandy Dozen.
The Vandy Dozen ranking is based on a combination of Rivals.com impact projections, Vanderbilt's level of interest, perceived position needs for the Commodores, VandySports.com's own impact projections, and the individual prospects perceived level of interest in the 'Dores.
The Commodores added two huge commitments in July when No.1 rated target Josh Smith committed to the program while at the Opening Event in Oregon. Days later, three-star Arizona standout, ranked 8th on the second edition of the Vandy Dozen, committed to the program. Vanderbilt now sits at eight commitments with only around seven spots left to fill.
Also Considered: Frank Buncom IV (DB)- San Diego, Calif.; Steven Claude (WR)- Hialeah, Fla.; Emanuel Hall (WR)- Franklin, Tenn.; Jackson Harris- Columbia, Tenn.; Daniel Imatorbhebhe- Suwanee, Ga.; Joshua McMillon (LB)- Memphis, Tenn.; Quenton Meeks (DB)- San Diego, Calif.; Christian Rector (LB)- Los Angeles, Calif.; Marvell Tell (S)- Encio, Calif.; Semisi Uluave (OL)- Honolulu, Hawaii and Christian Wilkins (DL)- Suffield, Conn.
Note: The Vandy Dozen is in no way an exact representation of the Vanderbilt coaching staff's actual player evaluations or ranking system. VandySports.com is a media website that is independently generated as part of the Rivals.com network.