Class of 2017 three-star center Ejike Obinna committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday. His commitment gives the Commodores a three-man recruiting class that also consists of fellow three-stars in guards Saben Lee out of Tempe, Arizona, and Maxwell Evans out of Bellaire, Texas.
The 6-foot-9, 22o-pound Obinna is rated as the No. 15 center in the nation out of Virginia Academy HS in Ashburn, Virginia. Having accrued 22 offers from across the college landscape, Obinna drew interest from coast-to-coast, including USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and LSU, before ultimately settling on joining Vanderbilt.
After taking his official visit to campus in Nashville on Friday, Obinna committed to the Commodores on Sunday night, moving them up to the No. 22 ranked class in the country, and fifth-best in the SEC for 2017.
The Commodores went 19-14 last season in Kevin Stallings’ 17th and final season at the helm, losing in the First Four of the 2016 NCAA Tournament when they fell 70-50 to Wichita State. When Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon left to take the head coaching job at TCU, Stallings completed the coaching carousel by heading to Pittsburgh in his place. Taking over in Vanderbilt is long-time Valparaiso head coach, Bryce Drew, who was a homegrown legend who made one of the most historic shots in NCAA Tournament history.
Vanderbilt is in the age of a rebuild, as Wade Baldwin IV and Damien Jones both left for the NBA. Big men are not flocking to Nashville, giving Obinna an opportunity to contribute early on once he arrives on campus in 2017.