Vanderbilt picks up commitment

Vanderbilt received their 20th commitment for the class of 2012 when Torren McGaster, a defensive back from Daphne, Ala. McGaster went to the Nashville campus on Tuesday on an unofficial visit and gave his commitment to the staff prior to returning to south Alabama.


"I left last night, and I'm driving back home now," said Torren McGaster. "I toured the school to see how it was. The campus was very nice. I haven't seen anything better. It was awesome. It felt like a place I would really fit in."

McGaster, who just went on an official visit to Minnesota this past weekend, had offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, and USF. Although he wasn't able to attend any Commodore games during the season, McGaster said he kept a close eye on how they were doing in their first year with James Franklin.

"I watched almost every game," said McGaster. "It was quite nice to see how they got better as the season went along.

"What I want to do is come in and keep the momentum going and go to a BCS game and win an SEC championship. I liked the whole coaching staff. Coach Franklin is young and energetic, and also very nice. I'm looking forward to working with Coach (Wesley) McGriff, who has developed some great corners."

McGaster, 6-foot, 185-pounds, was a three-year starter in the secondary for Daphne High School near Mobile Bay. The Trojans won the Alabama 6A championship in his junior season. They went 10-2 this year losing in the 2nd round to eventual state champion, Prattville.

"This year I played a more physical cornerback," McGaster said. "I got faster from sideline-to-sideline. My motor was running the whole game. I was always in on defense and on special teams.

McGaster has his priorities now that his decision is behind him.

"I'm not going to be doing any other sports this year," he said. "I'm just going to be training in the weight room and on speed acceleration."

McGaster had 33 tackles this season, five pass breakups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and three punt blocks. This week's visit was an unofficial, but he plans on returning to Nashville January 20th for an official.

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