The Vanderbilt Commodores are having an awful 2020 season, but the future is brighter as the ‘Dores picked up another win on the recruiting trail over the weekend.
By Steve Wright
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason added another piece to his defensive arsenal with the commitment of Class of 2021 ILB Errington Truesdell out of Woodward Academy in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 6-foot, 215 pound prospects is rated as a 3-star recruit per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He is the No. 2148 player in the nation, the No. 101 ILB, and the No. 180 player in the state of the Georgia per the same system. Truesdell – an athlete who is adept in the classroom too as per the Vandy way – looked like he was going to commit to Wake Forest at one point and then Harvard shortly thereafter. In the end, however, it was the chance to play both SEC level football and get the right education that turned Truesdell’s head the way of Nashville.
Truesdell is a player that will be due for a big boost when ratings are updated. He has had a massive senior season at Woodward Academy, showing increased athleticism in his ability to move sideline to sideline from his ILB position while still delivering big hitters to ball carriers. This is very clear in his midseason highlight film.
The first play is one that shows both athletic ability and intelligence. After breaking though the block of an offensive tackle, Truesdell quickly gets his hand up in the air to bat down a pass. He is then able to find the ball while still being blocked by a running back, catching it and streaking down the field the opposite way for a touchdown. It is one of the best defensive plays you will see from any recruit in the entire class of 2021.
It is the ability of Truesdell to read an offense that makes him stand out in this film. He often diagnoses a play before the offense can get it in motion and if he can add the size to play at the SEC level then he is going to be a serious find for the ‘Dores as a 3-star player.