Vanderbilt snags another one from GA

It's been an action packed day for Commodore fans as Vanderbilt has received three commitments from the state of Georgia. Ladarius Banks (East Paulding HS/Dallas, GA) is the latest and he is a talented defensive tackle that picked Vanderbilt over Cincinnati, Illinois, Mississippi State, and Southern Miss.

"I was talking with my dad and my coach last night and we felt Vanderbilt was too good to pass up," Banks said. "We really felt like we needed to speed up the process because they are only taking one defensive tackle. It was a real plus for me, so I decided to go ahead and commit. They offered me Monday or Tuesday and I committed on Thursday. I still need to get a feel of the program but I was all smiles once I found out that Vanderbilt offered me. "

Once the call came to the Vanderbilt coaches, they were fired up.

"We were in my coach's office and we called Coach (Sean) Spencer, Coach (Bob) Shoop, and Coach (James) Franklin as well," he said. "They talked about how excited they were. I have never been to Vanderbilt before so they want me to come get a good look at the campus and get a feel of the coaching staff."

While Banks made a quick decision, all of the feedback that he received about Vanderbilt made his decision that much easier.

"What really stood out to me was the business program," said Banks. "I want to be a business major and once you are here at Vanderbilt you think about the academic side and the athletics. I really need to go there and get more information but all I have been hearing is good things. That made me smile and that kind of led on to my decision. "

It's not all that uncommon in this day and age for a prospect to commit and still take the rest of his visits. As of right now that appears to be the plan for Banks. However, a solid first visit to Vanderbilt might change his perspective on things.

"I'm visiting Vanderbilt first, that's number one on my list," he said. "I'm going to visit some camps and some other things and check things out. As far as right now I am a Commodore as we speak. I'm still going to take my visits and see how things shake up in this recruiting process."

Last season the 6-2, 263 pound junior finished with 55 tackles, and seven sacks. His play on the field helped him earn All-Region 1st team honors and he was the team captain. Banks enjoys the leadership role and he looks forward to recruiting other prospects to join Commodore Nation.

"The running back on our team Kamani Thomas is from the 2013 class and he has an offer from Vanderbilt as well," said Banks. "I'm already egging him on. Once I get to know the other guys that have been offered, I'm going to be getting in their ear saying let's make this thing happen. "

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