Nick Glass impressed with Vanderbilt

Nick Glass is fielding call from college coaches on a nightly basis. The rising junior is currently up to 17 Division 1 offers with seven of those from the SEC. The 6-foot-1, 202-pound defensive back had a startling sophomore season, his first as a stater, at St. Pius X Catholic High School in Atlanta, Ga.

"I played both defensive back positions and linebacker," said Nick Glass of 2011. "I had 75 tackles, four interceptions, and five sacks on the season. My best strengths are making a tackle in the open field. I can deliver the big hit, ball hawk, and have a good backpedal."

Glass has made campus visits this spring to UGA, Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Florida, one SEC program that hasn't yet offered.

One trip he'd like to take soon is to Vanderbilt which has been making a big recruiting splash in his hometown under Head Coach James Franklin.

"Looking on my calender, [Vanderbilt] offered me on February 13th," Glass said. "I speak with Coach Bankins on a regular basis. I'm definitely making it a priority to get up there for a visit as soon as I can work it out.

"Coach Franklin has turned the program around. Their stock is skyrocketing. The school offers a great education. If you have a degree from Vanderbilt you can make it anywhere. Lately, they've been grabbing some of the top talent around Atlanta, and that's huge for the program."

Glass competed at a sports combine in early at Atlanta's Lakewood Stadium and demonstrated why he's considered one of the top defensive backs in the Class of 2014.

"In 15 plays I only got caught on twice," Glass said of his performance. "I ran a 4.45-40 and a 4.1 shuttle. Among the players there in the class of '13 and '14, I was named a top 10 defensive back."

Glass has been making his campus visits with his uncle and a teammate, Nick Ruffin, who is accumulating quite an offer list of his own. Although he's enjoying the travel, Glass says he's ready to get back to the playing field for his junior season and add some new dynamics to his repertoire.

"My goal is to get five interceptions, 120 tackles, and 1,000 yards rushing," Glass said. "I'm going to play more on offense next year. I'm also going to be returning punts and kickoffs. It's going to be great."

The St. Pius X Golden Lions went undefeated in 2011 and made it to the Class AAA quarterfinals before falling to Cairo.

Glass and Ruffin will have to pick up much of the slack next season, as last year's team had 25 seniors on the roster including Geno Smith, who signed with Alabama, and T.J. Holloman, who signed with South Carolina.

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