Vanderbilt continues to put together a strong 2013 class and has now added its biggest in-state pick-up thus far for 2013. The Commodores gained a verbal this week from Mack Weaver (Memphis, Tenn./Harding), a versatile prospect who could help them on either side of the ball, though we feel he might be a better fit and serve more of a need at tight end.
He possesses good overall size, a physical nature, and can develop into a strong in-line blocker for a Vanderbilt offense that has shown it’s at its best when it can establish the run. He will need polish as a blocker, but he can get into defenders with the size and playing strength to create push off the ball.
He likely will contribute best as a blocker, but he is athletic enough to offer some production as a receiving target. He will need more development in this area, and we don’t see him as a dynamic weapon in the passing game, but he has good hands, above-average straight-line speed for his size and can be a productive, physical target who helps move the chains.
He could land on the defensive line in Nashville, but with Brandon Barden having already moved on and Austin Monahan a senior, Weaver can be a nice/needed addition to that tight end unit. Regardless of how Vandy chooses to use Weaver he is a very good in-state pick-up for this program.