Thursday, January 28, 2010

Vanderbilt battles Tennessee and South Carolina for recruits

Can you ever remember Vandy battling Tennessee and even Steve Spurrier for so many recruits this late in the game?

Of course, James Stone is interested in the Vols and we've all but mailed Nash Nance's admissions application to Knoxville. And now Rajaan Bennett, a four-star running back according to Rivals, has added UT to a list of schools that has long included VU and UK. He visits Knoxville this weekend and is supposedly a lock.

Not sure why Bennett wants to back up Bryce Brown and David Oku, but he probably didn't want to back up Warren Norman and Zac Stacy either.

And safety Sharrod Golightly, a Vandy commitment since the summer, is still scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend. Guard Logan Stewart visited his home-state Gamecocks last weekend, but apparently is holding firm with the Commodores. (If a school's gonna bring you in and feed you steaks and let you talk to the prettiest girls on campus — or more than that if you're visiting Mississippi State — then why the heck wouldn't you take all your official visits?)

Meanwhile, receiver Chris Boyd is weighing his Georgia Tech offer and will drive down the street to visit the Yellow Jackets this weekend. Hey Chris, if you're any good you can start for Vanderbilt as a true freshman instead of waiting three years for a triple-option quarterback to throw you one pass every other game.


Aaron said...

I could agree with you more on why some recruits wouldn't take official visits to schools. Some kids just want the excuse to party at a college for a weekend for free while being treated like a king. On the flip side, there are "commits" like Nance who take officials to other schools after being committed because they aren't really committed in their mind. As per my last response, I think Nance just wanted to hold his spot in case nothing better showed up.

FWIW, where did you see that Bennett is supposedly a lock?


Well, this is probably worth nothing, but on the free Vandy chat boards on and the Vol fans are saying Rajaan's a lock and the Vandy fans don't have much to say in reply. That's why I say supposedly. I've also got a hunch because (1) Tennessee just offered and it's his best offer to date, (2) it's his last visit before signing day and (3) he has an 850 SAT score.