McCrary talked in-depth of Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin got the ball rolling for the Class of 2013 in a big way by securing a commitment from Johnathan McCrary. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound quarterback has thrown for more than 6,200 yards with 53 touchdowns the past two seasons at Cedar Grove High School in Ellenwood, Ga.


"Last night I talked to Coach (Sean) Spence and let him know I was ready to commit," said Johnathon McCrary. "This morning I spoke with Coach Franklin. He told me the whole coaching staff and Chancellor Zeppos couldn't be more excited to have me on board."

McCrary threw for more than 2,900 yards this past season with 28 touchdowns. He set a state record for completion percentage at 68-percent. He also ran for more than 700 yards. McCrary had numerous offers from many of the top college programs in the nation. In the end, he felt Vanderbilt was the best fit.

"To be honest I stopped keeping count after 35," McCrary said of his offer list. "I chose Vanderbilt over Ohio State, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, and Oklahoma.

"I felt like Vanderbilt was truthful to me. They said that I would the only quarterback they would bring me in this year. That means a lot. I know that they'll be competition, but I think I can come in and play as a freshman, and if not, as a sophomore."

McCrary is going to Nashville this weekend to get more familiar with the campus and the coaches. He likes the fact Nashville is an easy drive for his family to make to come watch him play on Saturdays in the fall. He also likes that he is the first member of this year's class to commit.

"It feels great actually," McCrary said. "It's a program on the rise. I have faith that the team is going to continue to get better over time by bringing in other top recruits like myself. Now I feel like it's my time to step up and show what I can do."

McCrary led the Cedar Grove Saints to the third round of the play-offs as a sophomore. This past year they got knocked off in the first round. That didn't sit well with McCrary, and he's determined to finish his high school career with a state championship.

"One of my biggest strengths at quarterback is my leadership ability," said McCrary. "I get my teammates believing we're going to play great. As far as just playing the position, I'll say I never give up on a play.

"I'm going to keep going to camps to improve my game. This summer I plan on doing some training with Cam Newton in the Atlanta area. Now that I have my decision out of the way, I'm just focused on conditioning for my senior season."

McCrary was named All-State honorable mention as a junior for football. He just finished up his basketball season. He'll compete this spring in the 400 meter dash, and 4X1 and 4X4 relay events. McCrary is a solid student and reports a 3.0 GPA.

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