Since head coach James Franklin left the Vanderbilt Commodores to take the same job with the Penn State Nittany Lions, Vanderbilt’s recruiting class has been torn apart. Several players joined Franklin in Happy Valley, while others, including 4-star quarterback K.J. Carta-Samuels, who will attend Washington, decommitted in favor of other schools.
Although the hire of former Stanford defensive coordinator Derek Mason has been praised, Mason has a lot of work to do to salvage the 2014 recruiting class. He took a big step this weekend, getting five commitments.
3-star quarterback Shawn Stankavage, 3-star defensive tackle/offensive guard Bruno Reagan, 3-star safety Tre Tapley, 2-star defensive end Harrison Mann and 2-star longsnapper Davis Winkie all gave their pledge to the Commodores this weekend.
The headliner is the 6’2, 185-pound Stankavage, who attends Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, North Carolina. He committed to the East Carolina Pirates last week, but after picking up an offer and visiting Vanderbilt this weekend, he changed his pledge. He is considered the 40th best pro style quarterback prospect in the country, according to 24/7 Sports composite rankings.
Vanderbilt now has 14 commitments.