Good article my fear was that Mason would just add bodies. Getting Lealao was huge (before anyone states that Vandy pulled a "Franklin" on Stanford) he did not pass his entrance test to Stanford. Yes this is an awful and pathetic class, but to not use those scholarships and hold them to next year would not be logical. If they would have only signed 10 kids then thats 13 lost scholarships. After UT bent every rule in to book to get a class of 36, the rules may change to prevent that from happening again. The SEC may actually start enforcing the 25 man cap. Get who you can into your system and coach them up instead of not having anyone on you practice squad. Also excuse some of the comments from us because Signing day is always a depressing day for Vandy fans as we usually end up with the worst class in the SEC.
Ah, but today, new coach Derek Mason has 19 signed letters of intent in hand and commitments for two more. On the job for just two weeks, Vandy’s new coach deserves credit for quickly re-stocking his team’s cupboard.
It’s clear that Mason’s race against the clock led to a drop in overall talent level (at least according to the recruiting service).
Vanderbilt has signed LOI from two 4-star players, 11 3-star players, and six 2-stars. It’s entirely possible that Mason will get the absolute most out of the kids he’s signed. But on paper, it looks as though he made the decision to add bodies… any bodies he could find.