Vandy is Yale of the SEC, new recruit says; Gators, Aggies also add commits


Who said June can’t be busy when it comes to recruiting? Quite the contrary, actually.

On this Father’s Day weekend, Vanderbilt, Florida and Texas A&M all added young men to their respective classes.

Probably the most interesting pickup was Vanderbilt’s landing of three-star offensive tackle Ean Pfeifer, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound prospect out ot Bentonville (Ark.). The home state Razorbacks had shown serious interest in the tackle, who is perched just outside the state’s top 10 individual ranking. Well, Pfeifer is going to the SEC alright, and it’ll be playing against Arkansas instead of playing for it. Apparently the Razorbacks waited too long.

“I knew instantly Vandy was the place for me,” Pfeifer told Saturday Down South. “I’m getting the education type I would have at Yale, which was one of my previous offers, and I also get to play in the SEC. I wouldn’t want it any other way. I love the atmosphere of Nashville and I can’t wait to prove that I’m an SEC player.”

Vandy–which of course went through a late coaching change when James Franklin left for Penn State–is now sitting with four commitments for the 2015 class. Just two weeks ago the Commodores landed their 2015 quarterback in Kyle Shurmur out of Pennsylvania, and four-star DB Donovan Sheffield–one of Franklin’s early commits–came back to the program after stepping back from his commitment following Franklin’s departure. Also, RB Josh Crawford is on board.

Also …

  • Texas A&M is sitting solidly with the No. 4 overall class in the nation, and the 14th commitment of the group came along over the weekend. Landis Durham out of Plano East H.S. became the 12th native Texan to commit to the Aggies, prompting the patented #YESSIR! Tweet from Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin. Durham is a three-star 6-foot-2, 220 pound outside linebacker. He is a top 100 player in his talent-rich home state.
  • Florida’s addition actually came in the 2016 class as the Gators landed their third commitment of that group. Chauncey Gardner, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback out of Cocoa H.S. in Florida, is a four-star prospect and rated No. 152 overall in his class. He is rated the No. 9 cornerback in the nation in his class.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to the industry composite ranking.

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