NCF On The Trail: vanderbilt football

Vandy wins battle for TE Chance Sorrell

June, 26, 2013
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Three-star tight end Chance Sorrell (Middletown, Ohio/Middletown) is set to play in the SEC for Vanderbilt, according to multiple reports.

Boston College, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kent State, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Ohio and West Virginia also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 245-pound prospect.

The Commodores have nine verbals for 2014. Their class is currently ranked 26th by ESPN RecruitingNation.

4-star 'Corn' Elder might check out Vandy 

October, 10, 2012
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Nearby Vanderbilt might soon have another chance to impress ESPN 300 athlete prospect Cornelius "Corn" Elder, who said he is considering visiting the Commodores' campus for the Florida game Saturday.

The four-star prospect said Vandy is recruiting him as a running back. Schools have often differed on where he would best fit in college. Slot receiver and defensive back have also been discussed.

When asked about running a Wildcat package in college, he said, "Haven't really thought about it but wouldn't mind it."

Elder played a bit at quarterback as a freshman before moving to running back full-time. He added that Florida has not been recruiting him.

Scouts: Vandy needs Weaver at TE 

August, 23, 2012
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Vanderbilt continues to put together a strong 2013 class and has now added its biggest in-state pick-up thus far for 2013. The Commodores gained a verbal this week from Mack Weaver (Memphis, Tenn./Harding), a versatile prospect who could help them on either side of the ball, though we feel he might be a better fit and serve more of a need at tight end.

He possesses good overall size, a physical nature, and can develop into a strong in-line blocker for a Vanderbilt offense that has shown it’s at its best when it can establish the run. He will need polish as a blocker, but he can get into defenders with the size and playing strength to create push off the ball.

He likely will contribute best as a blocker, but he is athletic enough to offer some production as a receiving target. He will need more development in this area, and we don’t see him as a dynamic weapon in the passing game, but he has good hands, above-average straight-line speed for his size and can be a productive, physical target who helps move the chains.

He could land on the defensive line in Nashville, but with Brandon Barden having already moved on and Austin Monahan a senior, Weaver can be a nice/needed addition to that tight end unit. Regardless of how Vandy chooses to use Weaver he is a very good in-state pick-up for this program.

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Four-star wide receiver Dominic Walker (Orlando, Fla./Maynard Evans) chose the Commodores over Florida State and Texas A&M on Wednesday night.

The No. 222 player in the ESPN 300 told the Orlando Sentinel that Vanderbilt had everything he wanted in a college:

"The reason I committed to that school is that it's the best of both worlds. It's an academic school and it's also located in the SEC."

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ESPN 300 defensive end Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee) is scheduled to announce his college choice Aug. 1. And, unless something changes in the next 36 days, he will commit to the Seminoles.

“I talked it over with my coach and my mom and Aug. 1 is the first day we will be in full pads,” Bellamy said. “So for security reasons, like getting hurt, I choose that date to make my decision.”

A talented basketball player as well, Bellamy has narrowed his list to a final three of Florida State, Vanderbilt and Georgia, in that order.

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Four-star WR picks Vanderbilt 

June, 14, 2012
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Four-star wide receiver Carlos Burse (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) committed to Vanderbilt on Thursday. The Commodores beat out offers from Florida, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee, among others.

Burse, the No. 27 prospect in Georgia and No. 48 wide receiver nationally, had 52 catches for 857 yards and 13 touchdowns last season for the Raiders.

The addition of Burse gives Vanderbilt 10 commitments for the 2013 class, three at wide receiver. He is the school's fourth commitment from Georgia.

The Commodores' class is ranked No. 23 in the ESPN class rankings, a number that figures to get a boost from Burse. He becomes the No. 2-ranked player in the Vandy class.

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