Ezell Harding star to visit Vandy

Elias Cane is an in-state player who was offered by Vanderbilt prior to James Franklin departure. The 5-foot-8.5, 168-pound defensive back out of Ezell-Harding Christian School in Antioch, Tenn., has not heard from Derek Mason's staff yet, but that will change this weekend with a campus visit.

"I got invited to Vanderbilt this weekend," Cane told VandyMania.com. "I'll be glad to meet the new coaches. My offer came from the last staff, so hopefully, if things go well, they'll reoffer me. We'll see what happens. I'm also planning on attending their spring game in a couple of weeks."

Several SEC schools are interested in Cane. He holds offers from Mississippi State, Missouri, Akron, Cincinnati, Louisiana Tech, Maryland, and Rutgers. He's also receiving high interest from Clemson and Tennessee.

"Right now my favorite school is Mississippi State," Cane said. "They only won seven games last season, but lost to Alabama by 13 when they were number one, should have beaten Auburn, who played for the BCS championship, and played a good Texas A&M team very close. I thought they had one of the best defenses in the SEC. I love the coaches, the facilities, and think their program is on the rise.

"My second favorite is Missouri. They're a good team who played for the SEC championship. I also am high on Clemson, Maryland, and Rutgers. Tennessee wants me to go to their summer camp before they offer so we'll have to see how that plays out and I'll know more about where I'm at with Vanderbilt this weekend.

"Education is first with me in making my decision. I know it's a free education, but I want to get a good degree out of it. Next, would be my relationship with the coaches and how well I feel like I fit into the program. I want to feel like I'm around family. I'm looking at places where I think I can get early playing time. It's all about competing, but I would like to get on the field as fast as possible."

Cane was coached by two former Alabama players at Ezell-Harding in Calvin Hall and Reggie Grimes, both have since moved on since last season. Cane says he may be looking at a new venue himself to play his senior season.

"I had a pretty good junior season," said Cane. "I only allowed three catches the entire season. I only had two picks but didn't get the ball thrown to my side very often. This was my first season at corner. As a sophomore, I played safety and wide receiver. I thought I improved in man coverage. My coaches complimented my hips and footwork. I had a couple of forced fumbles and between 30 to 40 tackles and was named first team All-Region.

"Some things have been going on to where I'll probably play my last season at John Overton. That's the public school for my area and where Ugo Amada goes who just committed to Ole Miss."

Cane completed in the Nike Combine in Atlanta where in had a 4.6 forty yard dash time on the laser, a 37-inch vertical, and a Sparq score of 82. He was also at a Nike combine in Charlotte where he was nominated for defensive back MVP. His goal is to receive an invitation to The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., to showcase his skills on national television. Cane would like to announce his decision on college during the summer prior to his senior year.

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