Grant Haley Update

Grant Haley, who committed to Vanderbilt's Class of 2014 in July, is having a fine senior season at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Ga. VandyMania.com spoke with the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete about his first six games with the Lovett Lions and his thoughts on the first half of the Commodores' season.

Grant Haley, who committed to Vanderbilt's Class of 2014 in July, is having a fine senior season at The Lovett School in Atlanta, Ga. VandyMania.com spoke with the 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete about his first six games with the Lovett Lions and his thoughts on the first half of the Commodores' season.

"Actually, things are going really well," said Grant Haley. "I'm playing both sides of the play, running back and cornerback, as well as kick and punt return on special teams. I've rushed for over 100 yards twice and have 11 touchdowns on the season.with two picks on defense."

Charles Bankins, Vanderbilt's Special Teams Coordinator, is recruiting Haley to the school. Haley said he first heard from the Commodore staff in January of his junior year of high school. He eventually selected Vanderbilt over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

"It was until later on in the summer that I began to think [Vanderbilt] was a high possibility for me," he said. The education Vanderbilt offers was a big factor, especially having gone to Lovett and how my parent stress school. I really enjoy the city of Nashville too. The chance to contribute early was also a consideration.

"I talk to Coach Bankins every week. I was just [on campus] last week for the Missouri game. They've had a couple of tough losses, but overall I think the team's playing pretty well. They just need to figure some things out and I think they'll be good the rest of the way. I think next year, I'll be able to come in and make a strong contribution, especially on special teams."

Haley started eight games as a freshman at The Lovett School, a private Episcopal school in the AA classification in Georgia. He now serves as a team captain in his senior year and has led the Lions to a 5-1 record and No. 2 state ranking.

"I'm being recruited [by Vanderbilt] to play corner but that could change," explained Haley. "I'd rather play corner, but I'm willing to do whatever gets me on the field the quickest. This year I think my tackling is an area that has improved, my reads on the quarterback and breaking to the wide receivers are better too."

At The Lovett School, Haley is coached by Mike Muschamp. His team plays an away game at Hapeville Charter this Friday, October 18th.

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