Fourth of July fireworks: Vanderbilt football, Clark Lea land three 2022 commits
On the Fourth of July, Vanderbilt personnel director Barton Simmons posted a gif of fireworks on Twitter. In total, the Commodores landed three three-star 2022 commits on the day.
Defensive back Kenzy Paul of Chattanooga was the first to commit. He chose Vanderbilt over offers from Tennessee, Duke, Penn State, Ole Miss and more. According to the 247Sports Composite, he is the 31st-ranked prospect in the state.
Linebacker Bryce Cowan of Tallahassee, Florida, also committed. According to 247Sports, Vanderbilt was his only Power 5 offer. He was not ranked in the composite.
Later in the evening, athlete KD Hutchinson committed, choosing Vanderbilt over other options that included Louisville, Boston College and Colorado. Hailing from Hamilton, Georgia, Hutchinson was not ranked in 247's system, either.
Quarterback commit Drew Dickey expressed his pleasure at Hutchinson's commitment on Twitter.
The three commitments make seven total for the Commodores since the beginning of June. They now have 14 commitments for the 2022 class. In total, the class is ranked 39th nationwide and 11th in the SEC per 247Sports. The 2021 class was ranked 13th in the conference and 49th nationally.
Vanderbilt will enter the season under new coach Clark Lea in the fall. Lea, a Vanderbilt alum, was previously the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame.