Chance Sorrell talks Vanderbilt

Chance Sorrell couldn't wait to call James Franklin, who is on vacation, and make his verbal pledge to the Vanderbilt Commodores. The staff first contacted the 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle in May and made it clear to him that he'd be one of their top targets in this year's recruiting cycle. Sorrell spoke with VandyMania.com on what swayed him to commit to the 'Dores.

Chance Sorrell couldn't wait to call James Franklin, who is on vacation, and make his verbal pledge to the Vanderbilt Commodores. The staff first contacted the 6-foot-6, 265-pound offensive tackle in May and made it clear to him that he'd be one of their top targets in this year's recruiting cycle. Sorrell, who attends Middletown High School in the Cincinnati area, spoke with VandyMania.com on what swayed him to commit to the 'Dores.

"I called Coach Franklin to let him know I was ready to jump in and be a part of the program," said Sorrell. "I've been talking with my family for a couple of months. You can't find a better degree than what Vanderbilt offers at the D-1 level. Of course, it doesn't hurt that they're in the SEC. The coaches were very transparent, upright and honest with me. The way I saw how they interacted proved it and said something to me about who they are as a coaching staff. I enjoyed talking to the players. It seems like the kind of guys who I'll have fun working hard trying to accomplish the same goal for the next four or five years. I really love the city of Nashville and I'm a big fan of country music.

"Coach Franklin's reaction was one of excitement. He said it made his vacation all the better. Coach Hand, who is my recruiter, was also pretty happy to have me on board.

"When Vanderbilt first started recruiting me in May they said they liked my physique and the way I looked on film. They said they liked that I was a character kid who they planned on recruiting hard. About a week or two later I received the offer. On my first visit to campus I met all of the coaches and with the academic advisers. The second time I was there was just three weeks ago for the recruiting cookout. It was a great time getting to meet other prospects and spend more time with the coaches."

Last season, Sorrell played wide receiver/tight end and defensive end. He was named first team All-Academic in the Greater Miami Conference. At Middletown, Sorrell has lettered three years in football and basketball and two in track. He is a member of the National Honors Society with intentions of majoring in Kinesiology.

Vanderbilt offered Sorrell at left tackle, but has told him he could play anywhere on the offensive line.

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