Wide receiver Latevius Rayford from Memphis (Tenn.) Central High School committed to Vanderbilt on Friday morning.
Rayford made the decision after receiving a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt on Monday. He chose the Commodores over offers from Arizona State, Purdue, Memphis and Western Kentucky.
Rayford said Vanderbilt offered him the best opportunity in athletics and academics.
“They’re in the SEC,” Rayford told MrSEC. “That’s the No. 1 conference in football and I really feel like I can play in the conference. And academics has always been my focus. My coaches have always been telling me, ‘You’re a student first. You have to get your business done in the classroom first.’ That’s the opportunity I’m going to have.”
Rayford believes Vanderbilt’s program will have a chance to compete at a high level in the SEC under head coach James Franklin.
“He has an enthusiasm and hype for the game and a love for football,” Rayford said. “He’s determined to turn the program around. I see the progress of the program and I’m running along with it.”
Rayford is Vanderbilt’s eighth commitment for the class of 2013. He said he’s hoping to help bring more prospects to Nashville with him.
“I’m trying to put a message out there that I want all the top prospects to be a part of the family with me,” Rayford said.