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Vanderbilt received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 CB Tre Douglas.

Douglas (6'2/180) sided with Vanderbilt over big dogs like Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Oklahoma. Scout.com's Chris Smith offers a scouting breakdown of the McDonough, Georgia, native, writing, "Douglas is a elite level corner back who has size, athleticism, length and the skill set to become a lock down cover corner on the college level." Smith believes that Douglas' commitment could bolster Vanderbilt's recruiting efforts moving forward, as he ranks as the No. 237 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle and could potentially help to heighten the allure of the program now that he is in the fold.
Jun 22 - 4:29 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Vanderbilt junior QB Kyle Shurmur is " willing to stand in and take punishment."

While Connolly is a fan of Shurmur's toughness, he was less charitable with the rest of the junior's game, noting that the 6-foot-4, 226-pounder "doesn’t process things quickly enough, nor does he play 'on-time' as often as Vanderbilt’s system demands." Schurmur threw for 2,409 yards (54.4% completions) with a 9/10 TD/INT ratio last season. Vandy OC Andy Ludwig said earlier this offseason that he expects Shurmur to be a "much more developed player (in 2017)" than what he has shown so far.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 16 - 5:13 PM

Missouri redshirt junior QB Marvin Zanders transferred to Vanderbilt as a graduate.

Zanders had actually been expected to transfer to Virginia, but he backed out of those plans. Presumably, this transfer to Vanderbilt will actually stick. Gridiron Now's Chadd Scott hears that the 6-foot-1, 185-pounder feels a level of comfort in Nashville which swayed him over to the Commodores. While he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017, starting action would require a huge push to supplant incumbent starter Kyle Shurmur. That is unlikely. More likely, that Zanders -- who rushed for 198 yards and two touchdowns in eight games last season -- will be used as more of a change-of-pace backup. Having graduated from Missouri early, Zanders will have two years of eligibility remaining to his fair name after he joins Vandy this summer.
Jun 13 - 9:44 PM

Missouri redshirt senior QB Marvin Zanders will not be transferring to Virginia as previously planned.

Zanders had been set to transfer to Virginia as a graduate, with that news initially breaking at the end of January. However, UVA HC Bronco Mendenhall announced on Friday that he will not be enrolling at the university. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder played in eight games during the past season, though only in a backup capacity to Missouri starter Drew Lock. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 198 yards and two ground scores in that space. Zanders' next move now that Virginia is off the table is not yet known.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 10 - 2:35 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that Vanderbilt freshman DE Dayo Odeyingbo might need to add weight before he is truly ready to see the field.

Kahn likes Odeyingbo as a potential early-impact freshman, but would like to see him pack on a bit of bulk to his 6-foot-5, 255-pound frame. That aside, the analyst thinks that the true frosh defensive end "has the athleticism [HC Derek] Mason wants to add on defense." Scout.com's Gabe Brooks noted last summer that so long as Odeyingbo takes advantage of the facilities offered by Vanderbilt, his "strength potential is through the roof."
Source: ESPN.com
May 25 - 9:23 PM

Vanderbilt received a verbal commit from four-star 2018 LB Alston Orji.

"This is an excellent pickup for Vanderbilt, both from an ability and need standpoint," writes ESPN's Craig Haubert, who adds that Orji "could arrive with an opportunity to quickly compete for playing time or at least add quality depth." Haubert comps him to former Florida LB Jarrad Davis and notes that "like Davis, (Orji) can be an explosive and physical defender with the tools to be a strong three-down contributor." The 6-foot-2, 216-pounder ranks as the Worldwide Leader's No. 288 overall prospect. Rivals is even more optimistic about his collegiate potential, slotting him in at No. 90 on their 2018 master list.
May 25 - 6:03 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah writes that Vanderbilt redshirt senior LB Oren Burks "will lead a total team effort to replace [Zach] Cunningham’s production."

"The Commodores used Burks in several ways last season, but the converted safety will likely move into a more permanent inside role [in 2017]," Jeyarajah believes. The 6-foot-3, 226-pounder posted a healthy statistical output in 2016, registering 59 tackles (6.5 for loss), 3.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in 13 games (10 starts).
Source: SEC Country
May 22 - 6:31 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Vanderbilt sophomore CB Joejuan Williams "struggled [at times] to keep up with the pace of the game [in 2016], but he improved as the season went along."

"Williams was in and out the rotation as a freshman in 2016, but he saw playing time down the stretch, including an impressive game against Tennessee," Connolly writes. The 6-foot-3, 194-pounder was a four-star recruit out of high school and wrapped up his first collegiate campaign having recorded 19 tackles (1.5 for loss) and two passes defended. Connolly sees him as a potential breakout performer for the coming campaign and notes that Williams has the physical chops to "compete with SEC-caliber talent and disrupt receivers in man coverage." He will be competing for a starting role with Bryce Lewis in August.
Source: SEC Country
May 19 - 5:59 PM

Those around the Vanderbilt program say junior WR Trent Sherfield had a "dominant" spring, according to ESPN's Edward Aschoff.

After chipping in 34 catches and 472 yards last year, Sherfield now appears to be on the verge of a true breakthrough. "On the field, he improved his ability to get in and out of his breaks and his ability to finish plays," Aschoff wrote. "He was also a much more consistent target for quarterback Kyle Shurmur."
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 5:05 PM

Vanderbilt reached agreement on a three-year contract extension for HC Derek Mason.

While Vandy AD David Williams declined to offer specifics in terms of money, here, Mason will be receiving a raise as part of the extension. The team's assistants and recruiting budget are additionally seeing monetary bumps as well. Said Williams, "This year will be the first year that we actually have the type of depth that we would like to have, and I think Derek is a master at developing players." The Commodores finished the 2016 regular season holding a 6-6 record. They were subsequently defeated in the Independence Bowl by NC State. Mason has improved his record in each of his three seasons at Vanderbilt.
May 16 - 4:32 PM

Cardinals selected Vanderbilt OT Will Holden with the No. 157 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Holden (6’7/311) made 37 starts at Vanderbilt, manning right tackle as a sophomore and junior before protecting the blind side as a senior. He earned second-team All-SEC from the conference’s coaches in 2016. Oldish for a rookie, Holden turns 24 in September. Holden is a slightly below-average athlete with slightly below-average arm length (33 1/4"), but he is fundamentally sound enough to get the job done in pass protection and excelled as a drive blocker at Vandy. A career similar to Panthers/Vikings RT Mike Remmers would not surprise.
Apr 29 - 2:39 PM

Texans selected Vanderbilt ILB Zach Cunningham with the No. 57 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Cunningham (6’4/234) turned pro as a redshirt junior after making 27 starts, finishing third in Vanderbilt history in tackles for loss (39.5). In 2016, Cunningham led the SEC in total tackles (125) en route to first-team All-America honors. He tested as a respectable 60th-percentile athlete at the Combine, running 4.67. While Cunningham excels in pass coverage with long arms (34 3/8") and lived in SEC backfields as an exceptionally physical run defender, he was also charged with 21 missed tackles last year and needs to add strength. Still a high-upside, three-down prospect, Cunningham is an athletic run-and-hit ‘backer in the mold of DeAndre Levy or K.J. Wright.
Apr 28 - 9:30 PM

The Jaguars and Broncos both hosted Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham for a visit this week.

Visits late in the process can be telling. One of Denver's biggest positional needs is linebacker, where the depth chart is currently thin. The Broncos pick No. 20 overall in Rd. 1 and No. 51 overall in Rd. 2.
Apr 21 - 3:12 PM

ESPN's Jordan Raanan predicts the Giants will select Vanderbilt LB Zach Cunningham No. 23 overall.

"I'm basing this off the fact he's a player they like and who has attracted their interest," he wrote. New York GM Jerry Reese recently checked out Cunningham when he attended Vanderbilt's pro day event. The fit would make sense. The Giants wanted OLB Leonard Floyd last year. Raanan added that he also considers Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey, Utah tackle Garett Bolles and Alabama tackle Cam Robinson candidates for the No. 23 pick.
Source: ESPN
Mar 27 - 12:47 PM

The Chargers put Vanderbilt DL Adam Butler through a private workout.

We have not watched Butler, but he might grab evaluators attention while focusing on Zach Cunningham. Absolutely nothing stood out on butler's pro day workout after not being invited to the combine. He could be a Chargers UDFA target.
Mar 27 - 8:35 AM


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