Jahmel McIntosh talks decision
"It was a good experience," said Jahmel McIntosh on his visit. "We toured the campus, got to see the basketball team knock off St. Mary's, who was No. 22 in the country, and took a boat trip on the Cumberland River. It was both nice and interesting."
Head Coach James Franklin recently hired Bob Shoop as his Defensive Coordinator. Prior, Shoop was at William and Mary. McIntosh got to sit down with him and learn a little bit about his coaching philosophy.
"He was just hired on Thursday, and he flew in Saturday morning," McIntosh said of Shoop. He wants to adjust the defensive scheme to our strengths. If we have outstanding linemen we'll go 4-3, if we have a lot of good defensive backs we'll play more nickel, and if we have good linebackers we'd go to a 3-4."
Playing as a senior for the Cleveland Wildcats, McIntosh, 6-1, 190 had 71 tackles on the season, two sacks, four interceptions, six pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He also had 230 receiving yards with one touchdown grab. For the Vandy visit, they paired him with fellow secondary player, Sean Richardson.
"We kind of hung out with the other recruits and their player-hosts," said McIntosh. "Mitchell Hester, Courtney Bynes, Big Larry Mazyck from Fork Union were all there. The players were Larry Smith, Tray Herndon, and Udom Umoh."
In mid-December, McIntosh gave his commitment to Memphis and Larry Porter, but after this weekend felt Vanderbilt was where he needed to be for the next four years of his life.
""It was nice getting a chance to speak with Coach Franklin," McIntosh said. "I really like him and the picture he had for Vanderbilt in getting them turned around. The big reason was the education Vanderbilt offers. Their education rate for footballs players is at 91-percent.
"Plus, it's a pretty convenient location for me to get back and forth to from Cleveland. I went in after the meeting this morning and told Coach Franklin that I wanted to be a Commodore."
McIntosh was named All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches in 2010 at strong safety. Vanderbilt likes him there as well although he does have some upside and experience at wide receiver.
"I don't mind being redshirted at all," McIntosh said of his upcoming freshman year. "I'd love to see early playing time, but if that's not an option I'm fine with taking a year to learn everything I need to. The main thing is to come in and contribute in helping the team get better."
McIntosh is set to graduate from Cleveland High School in May. In the off-season, he plans on running track to compete and help keep his body in shape for summer conditioning that is sure to be rigorous under the first year head coach. For the Wildcats, McIntosh wore jersey No. 1. The Wildcats finished 4-8 on the year, but still managed to make the 4A playoffs where they dropped their first round game to Kosciusko.
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