T.J. Haney: Vandy a rare find

The new Vanderbilt coaching staff is eager to get their first commitment of the 2015 recruiting cycle. It could very well come in the way of T.J. Haney of Gaffney (S.C.) High School. The 6-foot-6, 330-pound offensive tackle received an offer on February 22nd at a Commodore junior day and will be soon making a second trip back to campus.

"I first started hearing from Vanderbilt when I was a sophomore," T.J. Haney told VandyMania.com. "Coach Bankins and I have formed a good relationship in that time. I was glad he stayed [at Vanderbilt]. I received my offer last month from Coach Mason.

"They loved my film. They liked what they saw with my foot work and my aggressiveness. I'm high on Vanderbilt. I love, like, the fact they offer a top education and also have a top-notch football program. That's rare to find. I'm going again this weekend [to Vanderbilt] for spring practice.

Haney also has offers from Wake Forest, Old Dominion, Marshall, and Charlotte. He reports that he is receiving strong interest from South Carolina and will be visiting Columbia on the 29th of March.

"I'm still hoping to receive an offer from South Carolina," he said. "I think they're close. I'd like to make my decision on April 4th because that's the day my grandmother died. I'm not really a public person so I'll probably just call the coaches and announce my decision on Twitter.

"I've had a 4.2 [GPA] throughout my whole high school, so you know academics is definitely going to be in the mix when I go to make my decision. With football, I don't want to redshirt. I don't want to do that. I want to go somewhere I know I'll be able to play as a true freshman."

At Gaffney, Haney was an alternate starter as a sophomore but took over the full-time starting duties at left tackle in his junior year.

"I'd definitely have to say I improved on my quickness," Haney explained. "I feel like I'm pretty fast for someone my size and can get out quickly to that second level to take on the linebackers and cornerbacks."

Haney said he definitely will be at Vanderbilt's summer camp. This far, he has taken one other recruiting visit to Wake Forest. With South Carolina, Vanderbilt figures to stand an excellent chance of landing Haney.

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