Vanderbilt may be down a head football coach after relieving Derek Mason of his duties on Sunday, but the ‘Dores were winners over the Thanksgiving period after picking up a couple of commits for their recruiting class of 2021.
By Steve Wright
The bigger of the two names is 4-star DT Marcus Bradley. Bradley – a former commit at Maryland – was recruited heavily by the ‘Dores after deciding that the fit with the Terps wasn’t what he wanted last month. The Gaithersburg (MD) Quince Orchard star was also being pursued by the likes of Texas A&M, Tennessee, and USC, so this is a huge win for Vandy. Bradley has reportedly already talked with Vandy AD Candice Storey Lee and his commitment isn’t in question in the wake of the firing of Mason as his recruiting bond was formed with defensive line coach Jovan Haye who is expected to stay on with the school.
Bradley – who stands at 6-foot-3 and north of 275 pounds – is the No. 175 player in the class, the No. 14 DT, and the No. 8 player in Maryland per the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
The other get for the ‘Dores committed on Monday – after the firing of Mason – and that was3-star CB/athlete Marlen Sewell. Sewell picked Vandy over the likes of Duke, Kansas, and – ironically – Maryland. The Shades Valley (Birmingham, AL) prospect is the No. 1393 player in the country per the rankings, the No. 123 CB, and the No. 60 player in the talent-rich state of Alabama.
Sewell is an interesting one. He flashes outstanding athletic ability on his highlight tape and his challenge will be learning the nuances of the CB spot when he is able to commit to playing in a single position. At 6-foot and 185 pounds already, Sewell also has ideal size for a CB hybrid in the 4-2-5 defense that the Commodores like to play. If he pans out – along with the growth of Bradley – then this could look like an extremely productive few days for the ‘Dores somewhere down the road.