Oregon transfer DL eligible for Commodores in 2018
By Zac Ellis
NASHVILLE – Vanderbilt’s defense received a nice boost this week.
Transfer defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier has been officially cleared to compete for the Commodores this fall following approval of a waiver by the NCAA, head coach Derek Mason confirmed.
“I’m excited to be part of the Vanderbilt family,” Reitmaier said. “I’m looking forward to being part of an outstanding defense with the Commodores.”
A Nashville native, Reitmaier originally signed with Oregon in February 2017 as a four-star prospect from Lipscomb Academy. He left the Ducks’ program following spring practice, sat out the 2017 season and officially transferred to Vanderbilt in January 2018. He then took part in spring practice for the Commodores in February.
Mason said Reitmaier adds an immediate spark to Vanderbilt’s defensive line.
“Adding Rutger to our roster is huge,” Mason said. “He adds depth, athleticism and will be a key piece for us. I’m excited about what an impactful player he is, and it’s great to add another quality player from Nashville.”
Reitmaier received offers from Vanderbilt and several SEC schools during his initial recruitment out of Lipscomb Academy, including Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee. But in deciding to transfer from Oregon, Reitmaier said Vanderbilt represented an opportunity to come home and play for one of the best defensive minds in football.
“Vanderbilt was the first school I considered after deciding to leave Oregon,” he said. “It was one of my top-three schools during my initial recruitment in high school. Defense wins championships, so having a head coach like Coach Mason with that background was attractive for me. I’m excited to get going.”
Zac Ellis is the Writer and Digital Media Editor for Vanderbilt Athletics.