Emmanuel Smith talks commit to Vandy

Emmanuel Smith may be the best defensive back out of Murfreesboro's since Riverdale's Fernando Bryant. The The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety gave his verbal pledge to the Commodore program during the Super Saturday event on was looking for a place that felt like home during his college recruitment, and it turns out he won't have to go too far.

Emmanuel Smith may be the best defensive back out of Murfreesboro's since Riverdale's Fernando Bryant. The The 6-foot-2, 200-pound safety gave his verbal pledge to the Commodore program during the Super Saturday event on was looking for a place that felt like home during his college recruitment, and it turns out he won't have to go too far.



"I committed to Vanderbilt because of the comfort level I have with all of the coaches," said Smith. "I live close so I've been [to campus] a lot and got along so well with everybody, the coaches and the players. It just felt right from the beginning. My family was there. They all agreed it was the right fit for me academically and athletically.

"I gave my commitment to Coach Franklin after talking to him one-on-one. He was super excited. I'd been told I was one of the top recruits they were looking for and they were ecstatic to have me as part of the class. My commitment is very firm. I'm relieved that [recruiting] is over and I've found the right place for the next four years of my life."

At the time of his commitment, Smith had offers from Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Oregon State and Tennessee and many of the SEC schools showing heavy interest.

Playing in his junior season at Oakland in Tennessee Class AAA as a junior, Smith recorded 77 tackles, an interceptions and two forced fumbles in nine games for the Patriots missing two games due to an ankle injury. He also threw for 628 yards, rushed for 777, and had more than 100 receiving yards.

"I'm a physical player," Smith said of his skills at defensive back. "I try to be a leader on the field. Some schools liked me at linebacker, but I like to be in the secondary at free safety. I like to ball hawk, come up and make a big hit, and be a game changer on defense."

Vanderbilt also received pledges from Dallas Rivers and Bryce Lewis during Super Saturday. One recruit, Josh Smith, who was in attendance is a 6-foot-3, 195-pound linebacker and the younger brother of Emmanuel. Vanderbilt would like they both. The younger Smith has already been offered by the Commodores for the class of 2015.

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