With the 2020 College Football season slowly approaching, let’s take a minute to recap Coach Mason’s 2020 recruiting class. Despite a more than disappointing season, Mason was able to make the best of this recruiting class by doing a much better job than anyone expected.
Mason was quoted saying “I’m excited about this 2020 signing class, this class encompasses 19 players across eight states. We got better; Vanderbilt got better. We addressed a lot of needs.”
Derek Mason brings in a total of 19 commits and the 47th overall class in the country according to Rivals. With the departure of essentially every QB on the roster, Mason made sure to reload at that position and as a result, four fresh faces will be fighting for the very open QB position.
The four QBs include: Ken Seals (Weatherford, TX), Mike Wright (College Park, GA), who was flipped from UCF on signing day, two JUCO products, Jeremy Moussa and Danny Clark. All four QBs walk into an empty QB room with the exception of Junior walk-on Jack Bowen. Both Seals and Moussa were early enrollees with limited Spring Practice reps due to cancellation.
With WR’s Kalija Lipscomb off to the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent and CJ Bolar in the transfer portal, Mason filled a much needed hole bringing in five new pass catchers.
The three freshman receivers include: Logan Kyle (Tomball, TX), Chase Lloyd (Atlanta, GA), and Will Sheppard (Mandessvile, LA). Mason also took to the transfer portal to pick up two veteran receivers: Tyrell Alexander, a grad transfer from Oklahoma State and Mac Hereford a former walk-on at Alabama.
Perhaps the weakest part of the offense, the OL, will have some depth now with the addition of five new players: Stephen Spanellis, a Michigan transfer with one remaining year of eligibility and incoming freshmen Ben Cox (Radford, VA), Kevo Wesley (Chicago, IL), Jason Brooks (Houston, TX), and Bradley Ashmore (Neptune Beach FL).
Now, to the defensive side of things.
The Vanderbilt defense returns 93% of their production which ranks 4th in the country according to ESPN but, brings in a talented group. Perhaps the best player in this class, Donovan Kauffman, a 4 star Safety out of Louisiana, will be a name to watch this season.
Coach Mason was able to pull off multiple signing day flips on the offensive side but, also flipped De’Rickey Wright, a 4-star athlete out of Gadsden, AL, who was previously committed to Ole Miss. Wright can play a variety of positions, including WR, TE, LB, and Safety.
With an already strong linebacker core, Mason decided to bring in some added depth with the additions of Ethan Barr (Flowermound, TX) and Griffin Lampton (Fort Lauderdale, FL).
To wrap up the class Mason brought in Rashaan Wilkins, a defensive end out of Monterey, CA. The defensive line will have more depth this year with transfers Malik Langham (Florida) and Derrick Green (Oklahoma).
This class has similar hype to the talented 2018 class which brought in Cam Johnson, Elijah McAllister, and Alston Orji. Like the rest of Commodore nation we look forward to seeing these studs showcase their abilities on the field.