The Vanderbilt football program got some positive news Monday night as Coach Mason received his 18th commitment for the 2021 recruiting class.
3-Star Safety CJ Taylor from Warren County High School (McMinnville, TN) announced he would be committing to the Commodores. Taylor, also played Quarterback for the Pioneers, led Warren County to their first winning seasons in over 40 years, finishing with an 8-3 record in 2020. As a Senior, Taylor rushed for 1,700 yards and passed for over 600 yards. More impressively, Taylor tallied 51 tackles for the Pioneers on defense.
The 6’0 195 pound prospect will most likely feature as a safety for the Commodores when he arrives on campus in 2021. Taylor ranks as Vanderbilt’s 6th highest rated recruit for the 2021 class. According to 247 Sports, Taylor ranks 1,307th nationally, 108th Safety, and 37th in-state. The future Commodore held offers from Mississippi State, Army, Navy, and others.
With the addition of Taylor, Vanderbilt moves from 61st to 57th nationally and remains 14th in the SEC. Getting local talent has been a point of emphasis for the Vanderbilt recruiting staff in 2021. The Commodores now have two commits in the defensive secondary from the Nashville area, including DB John Howse from Brentwood High School and now CJ Taylor. The local product will most likely need a year or two of developing into an SEC type player maker for the Commodores in the future. Nonetheless, a solid local get for Coach Mason and his recruiting staff for the 2021 class
Vanderbilt fans, welcome the newest Commodore recruit for 2021, Safety CJ Taylor!