Player Evaluations: Jameson Wharton and receiver Andrew Paige

Vanderbilt Recruiting Update

The Vanderbilt Commodores were one of the first teams to strike on National Signing Day for the Class of 2022.

By Steve Wright

The ‘Dores need help all over the program and they picked up a couple of 3-star prospects early in the day in cornerback Jameson Wharton and wide receiver Andrew Paige.

Wharton is a 6-foot, 170 pounder out of Hendersonville (Hendersonville, TN) High School. He is rated by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 670 recruit in the class, the No. 65 cornerback, and the No. 22 player in the state of Tennessee. He reclassified from the class of 2022 to the class of 2021 and also runs track with verified times of 10.79 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.48 in the 200 meters.

His game tape below shows what you would expect from a speedy athlete that plays on both sides of the ball in his school. Wharton is versatile and extremely dangerous in the return game in space. When he gets his top-end speed going he is just going to run away from the pursuit. He is one of those cornerbacks with the ball skills of a wide receiver, able to high point the football and make a play to swing momentum at any time.

Paige is a fast-rising wide receiver with a ton of length in his 6-foot-4, 210-pound frame. He is out of Beech (Hendersonville, TN) High School and is the No. 1690 player in the class, the No. 215 wide receiver, and the No. 54 player in Tennessee.

His highlight film shows his speed whenever he is allowed to get into his fluid and rangy stride. His height is going to be a matchup issue for SEC defenders and he is a much better route runner than you would expect for someone of his frame. Paige is also going to be an immediate red-zone weapon for a Vanderbilt team that was inept in that part of the field last season.

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