"I just committed to Coach Franklin about 15 minutes ago," Granier told VandyMania.com. "When I was [at Vanderbilt] in April for the spring game, I considered committing then. It felt right, like the perfect place for me. After talking with Coach Hand, I went to talk to Coach Franklin and gave him my commitment. He was really fired up about it. At Vanderbilt you receive a world class education. It's a program on the rise. We going to win some championships.
"I also love the city of Nashville. I'm a big country music guy. Last night we were hopping in and out of places listening to some live music. Nashville will keep me busy. When I'm not playing football or studying, I can go have fun and enjoying some great country music."
Vanderbilt began their pursuit of Granier after the completion of his junior season for the South Lafourche Tarpons down on the Louisiana bayou. He said he clicked with the staff right off the bat.
"I received all of my offers within two months right after the season," he shared. "I think Vanderbilt was my fifth offer. It didn't bother me that they didn't offer first or anything like that. I just loved the fact they did. They told me they loved my intensity on the field, that I give great effort, that I'm smart, and can be a leader. The thing they loved most was my size. I weighed in at camp at 351, but I drop a lot for the season. I'll play next year somewhere between 320 and 330.
"I felt like I had a great camp. Coach Hand sees me starting out at right tackle and building a home base there to focus on. I love Coach Hand. He has an excellent passion for the game. He does a great job of developing players. I get the feeling he's going to help me reach my full potential. I want to be the best. If you don't want to be the best, you're not going to be. It's as simple as that."
Granier has been a starter at left tackle since his sophomore season. As a junior he was named first team All-District, first team All-Region, and second team All-State. He selected Vanderbilt over 11 other D-1 offers including Alabama, Florida State, and Kentucky.
"It feels good not to have that pressure on me anymore," Granier stated on making his commitment. "I'm really happy. I think I made the perfect decision. I love Vanderbilt. I know that's where I'm going and where I want to be. Now it's time for me to focus on my team and helping us get better. We're doing good. We're getting there."
South Lafourche finished the regular season 9-0 in 2012 before falling to Ruston in the first round of the 5A state playoffs.