In the first two parts of the Music City 7-on-7 classic preview, we covered the Class of 2013 prospects expected to be in attendance. Now, it’s time to take a look at the class of ’14, ’15, and even ’16 prospects.
Don’t let the age fool you, as this is an extremely talented group with five of these prospects already having received offers from SEC schools.
Here is the third part of top prospects to watch including a brief overview (these prospects are placed in no particular order):
Aaquil Anoor (’15)- Brentwood Academy (TN)- DB- Anoor started at corner for Brentwood Academy as a freshman. It’s not easy to play opposite of Jalen Ramsey, but Anoor did and was impressive while doing so. Anoor also impressed Vanderbilt’s coaching staff earlier the summer at camp and is firmly on the Commodores' radar moving forward.
Cole Ousley (’14)- Lone Oak (KY)- QB- As a freshman, Ousley threw for over 3,300 yards and 34 touchdowns. He followed that up with a sophomore campaign in which he threw for over 3,500 yards and 51 touchdowns. Not only can he throw the ball, but Ousley has great mobility as well. Several schools are interested in Ousley’s services.
Justin Sawmiller (’14)- Kenton (OH)- WR- Sawmiller tallied more receiving yards last season than some high school teams totaled for the year. Sawmiller was the favorite target of Missouri signee Maty Mauk, as he led the team with 137 receptions for 1,850 yards and 19 touchdowns.
Chris Eastburn (’14)- Lake Hamilton (AR)- LB- Eastburn is an athletic linebacker that some consider one of the top prospects in Arkansas for the class of 2014. Eastburn earned all-district honors last season after collecting 106 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks.
Gabe Angel (’16)- Wilson Central (TN)- ATH- Angel is an intriguing prospect as he has already received an offer from Mississippi State. The freshman has great size, and he possesses good hands. At 6’3, 220, Angel could project to play several different positions at the next level.
Tyrae Caldwell (’14)- Lone Oak (KY)- WR- Caldwell had an impressive sophomore season after catching 30 passes for 483 yards and 6 touchdowns. Caldwell also showed his explosiveness as he averaged over 35 yards per kick return. Caldwell has good lateral quickness, and he is slippery in the open field.
Rashaan Gaulden (’14)- Independence (TN)- DB- Gaulden is another new face for the Independence program. After a good sophomore season at Brentwood Academy, Gaulden garnered offers from Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, and Tennessee. Gaulden is a physical safety that does a great job of helping in run support.
Jashon Roberson (’14)- MBA (TN)- TE- The Vanderbilt commitment will definitely have the attention of Vanderbilt’s staff and Commodore fans this weekend. Even though Robertson projects as an interior defensive or offensive linemen in college, Robertson excels at tight end for the Big Red where he has started since his freshman year.
Elijah Burnette (’14)- Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (GA)- QB- Burnette threw for 2,600 yards and 28 touchdowns as well as rushing for 1,100 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. Burnette also contributed 55 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 3 interceptions on defense. Burnette is a great athlete who many believe to be one of the best quarterbacks in Georgia for the class of 2014.
Jordan Roundtree (’14)- Wilson Central (TN)- QB- Roundtree is a bit of an unknown, but the junior threw for over 1,300 yards in a run first wing-t system as a sophomore. He possesses a strong arm with great touch. Roundtree turned heads during the camp circuit, and he may be on the verge of a breakout season.
Cooper Jackson (’14)- Lipscomb Academy (TN)- LB- Jackson has started every game for the Mustangs since his freshman season. Last season, Jackson racked up over 80 tackles. He is a big linebacker at 6’1 weighing 236 pounds. With that size, Jackson possesses adequate athleticism.
Michael Lacey (’15)- MBA (TN)- DB- Lacey is another talented defensive back in a loaded instate group of defensive backs for the class of 2015. What Lacey currently lacks in size, he makes up for in speed. Lacey impressed several at one of Vanderbilt’s summer camps.
Vic Wharton (’14)- Independence (TN)- DB- Wharton joins Independence after excelling at CPA last season. The talented corner has great quickness and excellent ball skills. He has a knack for making the big play, and he already holds offers from Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Cincinnati.
Mikell Lands (’15)- Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (GA)- ATH- It’s hard to find a freshman that had as much production as Lands did last season. He accumulated over 1,750 all-purpose yards to go along with 16 touchdowns. He also had over 70 tackles on the defensive side of the football. Lands excelled last season as a linebacker and wide receiver.