John Jenkins was a five-star recruit in the 2009 class. The shooting guard from Station Camp High School in Gallatin, Tenn., was the 24th-ranked player in the class and signed with Vanderbilt.
The Commodores didn't sign another five-star (or top-25) recruit from 2010-2017. Bryce Drew is one Romeo Langford signature away from adding a third five-star (and top-25) prospect in the 2018 class.
Darius Garland, the second-ranked point guard in the class and No. 14-overall player, picked Vandy over Indiana, Kentucky and others in mid-November and signed during the early period, the same day Simisola Shittu also signed with the Commodores. Shittu is the second-ranked power forward and 10th-ranked overall player who passed on Arizona, North Carolina and others. Two weeks before the five-star pair gave Vanderbilt the best recruiting class in program history, Drew signed four-star small forward Aaron Nesmith from Charleston, S.C.
Vanderbilt has the seventh-ranked class in the country (247Sports), just one-half point behind Kentucky. Drew isn't done.
Days removed from his second season as head coach, Drew is chasing the best guard in the class, five-star shooting guard Romeo Langford of New Albany, Ind. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder released a top three in November — Indiana, Kansas and Vanderbilt — but has not only remained uncommitted, he hasn't even tipped his hand.
Forty-two percent of the 247Sports predictions say Vandy. Another 42 percent say Indiana, while 11 percent predict Kansas and five percent says it's too "cloudy." On Thursday, ESPN's Jeff Goodman said, "Tough to read Romeo … but my gut says Vandy."
If Langford is leaning one direction, either no one knows or his confidants are darn good confidants.
After a disappointing 12-win season — their second-lowest win total in 30 years — in a deep SEC, Vanderbilt will turn the corner with the additions of Garland, Shittu and Nesmith. If they get Langford, they'll say screw the corner and bulldoze the friggin' building.