Monday, July 27, 2009

Bradley Roby, yet another Georgia boy, commits to Vanderbilt

Vandy got a verbal commitment today from Bradley Roby, a 6-0, 175-pound athlete from Suwanee, Ga. He's the 19th commitment for the Commodores (second in the SEC only to LSU's 20), the ninth from Georgia and the seventh from the Atlanta area — or the eighth if you have a really fast car, a radar detector and good directions to Calhoun.

Anyway, Roby's among the most highly sought-after guys yet this recruiting season to pick Vandy. He's got a solid three stars from and and a 78 from ESPN. He runs a solid 4.4 40, maybe a little bit faster ( says a 4.34!). Had offers from Auburn, Ole Miss and South Carolina, as well as Wake Forest, West Virginia, Boston College, Indiana, Maryland and Purdue. Even Ohio State gave him a long hard look.

ESPN describes him as a quick-twitch guy with serious hops, a long wingspan and big, soft hands. He's an "all hands, no body" receiver and has great kick return and kick coverage skills.

Vanderbilt's already got commitments from three other Georgia receivers (Boyd, Krause and Pruitt) as well as a Georgia quarterback (Nance) to get it to them. But Roby can play on either side of the ball. Rivals has him as a receiver, Scout has him as a cornerback and ESPN lists him simply as an athlete.

A great grab for the Commodores. Meanwhile, Loblaw over at Anything But Gatorade's been scratching his head over Rich Brooks' slow-and-steady-wins-the-race approach to recruiting. And so far Kentucky has two recruits. For once, it's nice to be wearing black and gold in late July.


Aaron said...

I still thinks its odd that ESPN grades some recruits only when they sign. For instance earlier today Roby was rated as a 40 even though he had a video on his page. Now he is ranked as a 78. I can't believe that they rated him that fast, or did they just not release his rating until he committed. Or maybe his rating was affected by whom he committed to.


That's a good point, Aaron. Now that you mention it, Roby did have a 40 earlier today. It would be interesting to try different scenarios like the movie Ground Hog Day and see if players' ratings would really change if they committed to a different school.