Tight end Brandon Vandenburg from College of the Desert Community College in Palm Desert, Calif., has committed to Vanderbilt.
“Only a few schools can compete with Vandy on an academic and football level,” Vandenburg told ESPN.com. “Out of those schools, Vanderbilt has the most stable coaching staff, which is important. No other school had the combination of those three things.”
Vandenburg, who’s ranked the nation’s top JUCO tight end by ESPN, considered offers from such schools as Arkansas, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Texas A&M.
Vandenburg hopes to earn a starting position early in his time at Vanderbilt. That’s not all.
“I don’t just want to be a starter,” he said. “I want to be an impact player.”