Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Nash Nance becomes third Vanderbilt football verbal commitment, and first quarterback, for 2010

Nash Nance, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback from Calhoun, Ga., is Vanderbilt football's third verbal commitment. A pro-style passer, Nance played for the run-oriented offense at Darlington, an elite private school, last season. Now he's transferred to Calhoun High School, which runs the spread offense, which is what the Commodores plan to run next season.

He should rack up big numbers this fall throwing to receiver Da'Rick Rogers, who committed to Georgia today. Nance gets three stars from rivals.com and scout.com, and has yet to be evaluated by espn.com.

Ted Cain recruited him, for whatever that's worth.

In addition to Vandy, his final three schools included Miss State and Hah-vahd. So he's smart. He also had offers from West Virginia, Central Florida, Eastern Carolina and Chattanooga.

According to scouts.com, Nance is an extremely accurate quarterback with nice touch on the ball, and lots of poise and leadership. But he needs to work on his field vision and arm strength.

Assuming that Bobby Johnson continues to slap a redshirt on every freshman quarterback he's ever had, expect this to be Vanderbilt's quarterback situation for the next three seasons:

• Mackenzi Adams, R-Sr.
• Jared Funk, R-Jr.
• Larry Smith, R-So.

• Jared Funk, R-Sr.
• Larry Smith, R-Jr.
• Charlie Goro, R-Fr.

• Larry Smith, R-Sr.
• Charlie Goro, R-So.
• Nash Nance, R-Fr.

Don't forget that Vandy has offers out to three other quarterbacks, all rated more highly than Nance, and all dual-purpose quarterbacks who are more mobile and stronger-armed than Nance but not as accurate.

They are:
• Devin Burns, 6-2, 183, Columbus, Ga.: Has an offer from Maryland and apparently really likes the Terrapins, but also hopes to get an offer from Georgia Tech. Also has offers from Arkansas and Georgia, both of which would probably move him to another position, and UAB.

• Sean Robinson, 6-4, 210, Illinois: Big, strong kid with the speed of Larry Smith. Has offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin, and is hoping for an offer from Illinois as well.

• Sam Gibson, 6-1, 205, Prattville, Ala.: Quarterback from Larry Smith's old high school who is listed as an athlete by some services. Like Larry, Sam's got a cannon and is an elusive runner. But he's also got some problems with accuracy and throwing mechanics. Offers from Stanford, Virginia and UAB. Hoping to hear from Alabama, Auburn and LSU, where his chances of playing quarterback would likely be slim.

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