New Dores Bring the Dynamite

Vanderbilt football signs 21 new student-athletes for 2021 class

by Chad Bishop

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the class of 2021, Vanderbilt has 21 new Commodores.

National Signing Day came and went Wednesday and the Vanderbilt football program added an impressive crop of incoming freshmen for the 2021 roster. Those young men will be part of the first roster for new Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea.

The class currently ranks 29th overall nationally by rates the new collection of Commodores 48th and ESPN tabs it 55th.

Among the notables to join what the program called Dynamite 21 was Marcus Bradley, a four-star defensive lineman out of Maryland.

Bradley (6-3, 270) hails from Gaithersburg, Maryland and attends Quince Orchard High School. He had 41 tackles – 7.0 for loss – and 3.5 sacks as a junior (Quince Orchard is scheduled to play its season in the spring).

With nearly 40 scholarship offers, Bradley chose the Commodores after having previously committed to Maryland and had 31 offers from Power 5 programs. Bradley is ranked the No. 8 recruit out of the state of Maryland in the class 2021.



John Howse IV is the program’s lone signee from the state of Tennessee. A 6-foot-1, 185-pound defensive back and senior at Brentwood High School, Howse IV had more than 20 scholarship offers and chose the Commodores over Boston College, Michigan, Mississippi State, Nebraska and others.

As a junior, Howse IV recorded 60 tackles, nine pass breakups and 5.0 tackles for loss. He was named one of The Tennessean’s Dandy Dozen for 2020.



Vanderbilt also made the trenches a priority with the signing of 10 linemen. Five of the prospects come in having played the defensive side of the ball, led by Bradley and Terion Sugick.

Sugick, nicknamed Tank, is a 6-foot-2, 305-pound senior at National Christian Academy in Maryland. He made 73 tackles and 9.0 sacks as a sophomore and 53 stops and 10 sacks in eight games as a junior (NCA moved its season to the spring).

Among the notable skill players in the new class are Alan Wright and Quincy Skinner Jr. Wright (5-11, 180), the younger brother of Vanderbilt quarterback Mike Wright, starred at Woodward academy this season as a defensive back and wide receiver.

Skinner Jr. (6-1, 185) is a three-star wide receiver prospect who has eight catches for 152 yards and two touchdowns in eight games this season.

Finally, Vandy grabbed a couple transfers in Re’Mahn Davis and Oyenmwen Uzebu.

Davis is a 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back who is Temple’s leading rusher this season with 308 yards on 78 carries in just four games. He racked up 936 yards on 193 totes and scored eight times in 2019 and the San Francisco native was a Pro Football Focus All-American.

Uzebu has been a reserve offensive lineman for West Virginia for two seasons having appeared in two games. At 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, Uzebu was a three-star prospect out of Alpharetta High School in Georgia.

— Chad Bishop covers Vanderbilt for Follow him @MrChadBishop.