The Vanderbilt Commodores added four-star defensive lineman Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, Calif. Capital Christian) to give Derek Mason his highest ranked recruit in their class.
Lealao follows Mason, former Stanford assistant and current Vanderbilt defensive line coach Vavae Tata and new defensive coordinator and former Stanford linebackers coach Kevin Kotulski whom he had committed to when he was the defensive coordinator with the Cardinal.
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Lealao decommitted in late January from Stanford and took an official visit to Vanderbilt where he would sign his letter of intent on national signing day and gives the Dores their highest rated recruit of all-time.
The 6-5, 282-pounder is the No. 103 overall prospect in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He also ranks as the No. 6 strongside defensive end and the No. 9 player in California.
Vanderbilt had been hurt by a flurry of decommitments in the wake of James Franklin leaving Vanderbilt to take the head coaching job with the Penn State Nittany Lions, but the addition of Lealao is huge and should give Vanderbilt fans hope that Mason can bring in more four-star talent in the years ahead.