Vanderbilt makes big impact on recruiting trails with two commitments

Auwae was a big pickup for Vandy.
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Finishing with a 4-8 record in 2016, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason is striving to improve his roster. Based upon the last week, he's on his way to accomplishing such a feat. 

Vanderbilt received commitments from two prospects in defensive back Elijah Hamilton and offensive lineman Sean Auwae. 

Hamilton is an under-the-radar prospect out of Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Ga. He opted for Vanderbilt over offers from Samford, Cornell, Western Carolina, Elon, and Furman. While he may not possess a big profile, he does have good size for a corner at 6'1″, 190 pounds. Additionally, Mason's track record as a defensive coach likely signals Hamilton being a better prospect than his offers list may indicate. 

Plucking Auwae out of Hawaii was a massive coup for the staff. Surely using his west coast connections, Mason was able to land one of the top center prospects in the entire country. Initially choosing UCLA, Auwae ultimately bypassed the likes of ASU, BYU, Washington State, Texas Tech, Utah, Louisville, and Mississippi State in order to play his college ball in Nashville.

Auwae's squatty frame makes him an ideal candidate to play in the interior of the offensive line. Not only is he a top center prospect, but he could slide to guard if need be.

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