Jacquese Kirk switches

Jacquese Kirk, three-star cornerback from Jasper-Walker, Ala., took an official visit to Vanderbilt this weekend. The trip to Nashville was successful for the Commodores.


"The visit to Vanderbilt went great," said Jacquese Kirk. "I decommitted from Louisville and committed to Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt is close to home. It's only about two or three hours away. My folks can come see me play.

"Education is a real big thing for me. At Vanderbilt you get the best of both worlds. You get a chance to play in the SEC and get a nationally known education.

"When I went to Louisville the players seemed cool, but at Vanderbilt the players seemed like a family. Coach Franklin wants to change the program. They are doing a bunch of great things. They also want me to play wide receiver. That's where I want to play on the next level."

Kirk talked more about the official visit in Nashville.

"We got down there on Friday about 3:00 p.m," he said. "We toured the campus. It was real nice. Everything is right there together. You have restaurants and everything. They have nice dorms. We went back to the hotel and rested for a while.

"We went out on the river on a boat that night. We hung out with the players that night. Everyone was together. My host for the weekend was Udom Umoh. He was real nice. He is the social person. Everyone knew him. He introduced me to everyone.

"On Saturday we ate and went to the basketball game against St. Mary's. It was good win for Vanderbilt. We went out with the players that night. They had a big party for us. A lot of other student-athletes were there. It was cool being around them. They all seemed happy they chose Vanderbilt.

Kirk did not hesitate when asked the best part of the trip.

"The best part of my visit was being around the players," he said. "I don't want to go anywhere it's not fun with my teammates. I feel like I will be around a bunch of great players there. All the coaches seem great. They are willing to work, and they want to turn it around. They want to build the program from the bottom to the top. I know I want to be a part of it."

The future Commodore talked about his meeting with Vanderbilt's new head coach.

"Coach Frankin was telling me how he was going to turn the program around," said Kirk. "He said they are going to work hard. They want players to come in with the mindset that they are going to play. He said we need to go ahead and start working hard now. He said Vanderbilt is good in a whole lot of sports, and now they are going to turn it around in football."

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