Is 'Shack Set On A School?

After visiting Duke two weeks ago, there was only one more visit that Vandaral Shackleford needed to take to move forward with his recruiting process – a trip to Nashville to see Vanderbilt. On Sunday night Shackleford was home and closing in on the end of his recruiting process. In fact it may already be over.

"I just got back from Vanderbilt today," said Vandaral Shackleford. "It was OK, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't anything like my Duke visit."

In fact, it appears that Scout.com's No. 64 rated linebacker liked the previous weekend's visit so much that the Commodores really had their backs against the wall and couldn't overcome the presentation put on by Duke head coach Ted Roof and his staff.

"Vanderbilt is a great school, and the coaches are great people. The players are OK too, but I'm not feeling being a Commodore at all. Nothing against them or anything, they have great academics there but it's just not like Duke. I'm going to sit down with my parents, my coach, and my counselor and look to make things official this week."

With the Blue Devils apparently poised to get a commitment from the three star backer, is there any chance another school can swoop in at the last minute?

"Not at all, I think this is about it for me."

So what was it about his trip to Durham that apparently sent Shackleford over the edge in favor of becoming a Blue Devil?

"The coaches are great and the players were terrific. They took me in like a brother and that really made me feel like I was part of everything. Mike Brown was my host and I'm really glad that Coach Spencer picked him to host me. We talked about everything – football, life, everything. He was a great host and I feel really comfortable playing beside him for the next few years."

And playing beside Brown is exactly what you can expect from Shackleford, who was recruited as a SAM linebacker and is likely to see the field early.

"That is what they coaches told me. If I work hard early on I can earn the chance to step in really early in my career."

The seemingly inevitable commitment to Duke also has a couple of strong supporters that aren't likely to waiver.

"My parents are going to be really happy. They really don't care too much about football, it's all about getting a great education and that's something I'll be able to do. Right now I'm looking to major in Architecture, Marketing, or Business Management of some kind."

Shackleford will meet with all his advisors and family tomorrow and expects an official announcement some time this week.

As for what he needs to improve upon before setting foot on the Duke practice field this summer?

"I need to get stronger and faster and work on getting off blocks quicker."

Vandaral checks in at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds with a 4.63 time in the forty yard dash. He is rated as a three star prospect by Scout.com

He has offers from Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Georgia, Miami of Ohio, and Wake Forest.


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