Landon Stokes talks Vanderbilt offer

Vanderbilt scored big in last year's recruiting class by grabbing Blake Fromang out of Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Fla. This year they are after one of his Highlander teammates, Landon Stokes. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end, is also highly recruited prospect with 17 Division 1 offers going into spring practice.

"My [Vanderbilt] offer came over the phone from Coach Bankins," said Landon Stokes. "He said he loved my speed and how quickly I come off the ball. They like me at outside linebacker or defensive end.

"Vanderbilt's a really good school. They have a lot of the stuff I'm looking for; high academics, a good football team in an outstanding conference, and a nice area surrounding the actual school.

"I haven't made an unofficial visit, but I was there once with my church and got to see the campus. Blake's been telling me all about it too."

Stokes was hampered by injury in his junior season causing him to miss half the season. After he sustained injury in game two, the Highlanders dropped four in a row and finished 4-6. He's ready to come back in 2012 and become a difference maker in his final season.

"Three years I've played defensive end exclusively," Stokes said. "This year they're putting in some plays for me at outside linebacker. I get a lot of strength from my legs and worked on them even more this year.

"My top goal for next year is to stay healthy. I want to get a bunch of sacks for sure. I use off my speed to get to the quarterback. We have some big prospects here in Mike Dorcely, Alfred Simpson, Carter Simpson, and Casey Irish. We'll be a lot better."

Lake Highland had Ty Law sign with SMU, Michael Marder sign with Connecticut, Taylor Barton sign with Illinois, and Blake Fromang sign with Vanderbilt in the Class of 2012. It's no coincidence all of those schools have offered Stokes. As of now he's not ready to commit, but may soon say who he's favoring.

"After spring practice I'm going to name a top 10," Stokes said. "I probably will commit late really. I want to take all of my officials and then make my decision."

Stokes father, Fred, played at Georgia Southern and then in the NFL with the Washington Redskins where he won a Super Bowl ring.

Stokes was also the starting center on a 29-4 team that went to the Florida High School Athletic Association Class 4A boys basketball championship game.

Lake Highland Prep is known for great athletics and academics. Stokes reports teams also from the Ivy League expressing interest.

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