The spring signing period for high-school basketball seniors begins in a week and runs through the end of April.
With that in mind, Vanderbilt plans to put a full-court press on Brad Tinsley this weekend when the 6-foot-4 guard from Oregon City, Ore., comes to Nashville for an official campus visit.
Tinsley, ranked by Rivals.com as the nation’s 18th-best point guard and 93rd-best prospect overall, originally committed to Pepperdine last year but re-opened his recruitment after the firing of coach Vance Walberg.
His father, Carl Tinsley, told VandySports.com that Vanderbilt and Oregon might be in the lead for Brad Tinsley’s services ahead of Wake Forest, Arizona State, Butler and Southern California.
Commodore coaches have diligently recruited Tinsley in recent months, making numerous trips to the West Coast.
“I believe Vanderbilt is high on his list, there’s no question about that,” Carl Tinsley said. “I think Vanderbilt has a very good shot. I do think Vanderbilt does have the advantage in him knowing the staff already, as does Oregon.”
Tinsley can play point guard or shooting guard, but knowing where he fits with his college of choice could be the key factor in his decision.
“Talking to coach [Kevin] Stallings, he believes that when Brad steps his foot on campus, he’s going to be one of the better offensive players they have on the perimeter,” Carl Tinsley said.
“He has told us that he needs us to trust him that whatever Brad’s abilities are and the things that he can do, it doesn’t matter whether he’s playing the one or the two, or whatever he’s doing, he’s going to put him in positions to be able to use those skills.”
Another Vanderbilt recruiting target, 6-foot-7 forward Jeff Taylor of Hobbs [N.M.] High, remains tight-lipped about his future plans after leading his school to the Class 5A state championship this spring.
Vanderbilt, Texas and Gonzaga are still believed to be his final three choices.
HOLY TOLEDO: Vanderbilt assistant basketball coach Tom Richardson recently applied for the vacant head-coaching position at the University of Toledo, the Toledo Blade reported.
Richardson, who has worked at VU for four seasons, was head coach at Illinois State from 1998-2002.
Toledo’s job became available when coach Stan Joplin was fired in March after 12 years. The leading candidates for the position are believed to be Notre Dame assistant Gene Cross, former Saint Louis coach Brad Soderberg and Wisconsin assistant Greg Gard.
Former Tennessee coach Buzz Peterson also applied but withdrew from consideration this week. He’s currently the director of player personnel for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
BACK IN THE SEC? Former Vanderbilt forward JeJuan Brown, who left the school last October for undisclosed reasons, might resurface at Arkansas.
The 6-foot-7 Brown, who spent this past season at Southwest College in Los Angeles, is scheduled to visit Arkansas this weekend. He has also visited Fresno State and Marshall.
As a freshman at Vanderbilt during the 2006-07 season, Brown averaged 3.1 points and 1 rebound per game in a reserve role. He averaged 16 points and 8 rebounds this season at Southwest.
MAKING THE CUT: Vanderbilt finished No. 25 in the final ESPN/USA Today basketball rankings released Tuesday.
The Commodores entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 16 before losing to Siena on March 21.