Imani Cross visiting Vanderbilt

Imani Cross, who committed to Tennessee nine months ago in February, has reopened his recruitment. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound running back just finished up a sensational senior season at North Hall High School in Gainesville, Ga. Cross had five games of 200-plus rushing yards in the Trojans 10-game season.


"It just didn't work out there," said Imani Cross on Tennessee. "The only school I've heard from has been Vanderbilt. They just offered me an official visit. I'm going to go to Nashville on the 20th of January."

Cross also holds offers from Virginia, Maryland, South Carolina, UCLA, UCF and Georgia Tech, where his older brother, Izaan Cross, currently plays. He spent the fall focused on Trojan football and making trips to Knoxville, but was able to see the new-look Commodores a couple of times during the season.

"Vanderbilt is a team I've followed, and one I like," said Cross. "I got to see them play against Arkansas and Tennessee. Coach Franklin has instilled his great energy and confidence into the program. I don't know a whole lot about the program, but I'm looking forward to finding out more in January."

Cross rushed for 222 yards on 23 carries and four touchdowns in North Hall's first game of the season against Jefferson. He had big games against Walnut Grove (211 yards and three touchdowns), Chestatee (280 yards and three touchdowns), Lumpkin County (225 yards and four touchdowns) and Franklin County (230 yards and four touchdowns).

"I feel like I improved as an all-around player," said Cross on his senior season. "I tried to get better catching the ball, running the ball, and blocking. I finished with more than 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns. We went 4-6 on the season and missed the playoffs by one game."

In what would be his final high school game, North Hall needed to defeat Monroe Area to secure the No. 2 seed in Region 8 and a spot in the Georgia Class AAA playoffs. Trailing by 21, the Trojans mounted a valiant effort to comeback but ultimately fell, 28-21. Cross rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries and scored two touchdowns. Now he'll redirect his attention to finding a new college to call his home.

"I want to go to a school where I can come in and receive a good education," said Cross. "I love playing football and be somewhere I'll have a chance to play as soon as possible."

Cross comes from a big football family. With Izaan, he also has another older brother, Isaiah, who played at Northwood University. His younger brother, Ithello, was a sophomore player this season at North Hall. Their father played at Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC.

For his first two years of high school, Cross attended Flowery Branch before transferring to North Hall. At North Hall, he became a leader at FCA meetings and has aspirations of becoming a pastor. During the winter months he's playing his third year of varsity basketball for the Trojans.

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