Vanderbilt Commodores Derek Mason was welcomed to the SEC by media from all over the South. Mason’s interview culminated what has been a very successful week for his young program.
Mason landed 2 commitments this past week he needed. Local 4 star linebacker Josh Smith announced his commitment to play close to home at Vanderbilt. The 6’3″ 219 pound linebacker had a successful week showing he is “as advertised” at The Opening in Beaverton. Smith even had some fun with some local Vol commits promising to flip them to Vandy.
The second commitment came from 6′ 240lb, 3 star Defensive End Caleb Peart. Although Peart is a lineman now from the West Coast, he is typical of the linebackers Coach Mason had at Stanford. I wouldn’t be surprised if that is where he ends up playing over on West End.
The week also brought former Stanford players Davis Dudchock and Chandler Dorrell to Nashville. Dudchock is a 6′ 4″ 245 pound defensive line graduate transfer. He has one year of eligibility remaining. Dorrell, the son of Offensive Coordinator Karl Dorrell, is a Redshirt Freshman receiver. If there is a position on the Vandy team in need of talent it is the receiver position.
Coach Mason admitted that he was going to have to recruit kids that fit his scheme offensively and defensively. He comes to Vanderbilt on the heels of the successful James Franklin. Mason actually comes with better credentials than Franklin did when he arrived. Mason has been a part of three straight BCS Bowl Games where Franklin came from a down Maryland program.
As far as the media days go, Mason did fine. Forgive him if he didn’t seem intimidated by the SEC Offenses he will see. Remember, he faced a Pac 10 juggernaut in Oregon who averaged 45 points per game over the past 2 years. Oregon averaged 17 points against Stanford in that period. Notice served.