Vanderbilt pursuing top Georgia DE

Russell Ude of The Westminster School in Atlanta, Ga., has 25 offers to his credit. The 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman was initially offered by James Franklin, but his pursuit by the Commodores has heated up with new head coach Derek Mason.

"With recruiting I'm wide open right now," said Ude. "There are a few schools I'm waiting on before I start narrowing down my list. Since the coaching change [at Vanderbilt] I've spoken with Coach (David) Kotulski and Coach (Charles) Bankins. I like both coaches a lot. I've had a good relationship with Coach Kotulski going back to when he was at Stanford and Coach Bankins has always been recruiting me with Coach (Sean) Spencer who left with Coach Franklin.

"The coaches told me they like my work ethic most of all. They see me at either defensive tackle, defensive end, or outside linebacker in a 3-4 set. They just like that I'm a hard working kid who doesn't take plays off. I'm a competitor. I like to get after it and I think my game reflects that.

"First and foremost, education will be my top factor in making my college decision. With football, I'm going to look at the overall program. Do I think there's a good opportunity for early playing time? Do I feel at home when I'm there? Do I like the location. Growing up, you know, I was a big fan of USC. I loved the Trojans. They're have a great program, but I don't have any favorites right now and that won't be a factor in my decision."

The Westminster Wildcats had a down season in 2013 going 5-6 in Georgia AA. Ude decided not to play any other sports this winter and spring as he rehabs a torn meniscus he injured during the season.

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