Giles County star still has Vandy offer

Many recruiting analysts agree that the state of Tennessee has a strong class of 2015 with Cameron Ordway being near or at the top of the list. The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back out of Giles County High School in Pulaski will be a tough talent to keep in-state for college but Coach Mason's staff has reached out to let him know he's wanted.

"Yes, I was offered by Vanderbilt while Coach Franklin was still there," Ordway told "I have talked to Coach Mason, but it's been awhile. He told me he was confirming the offer made by Coach Franklin, that it was still there, still valid. He said he loved my personality, how well I carry myself, that sort of thing.

"Most coaches tell me how much they like my length and speed, that I have a great ability to shadow a receiver and make a play on the ball. They like the fact that I'm taller than most corners. Many colleges are recruiting tall receivers so they need someone who can go up with them for the ball."

Ordway has 18 offers including eight from SEC schools (Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Mizzou, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt). Although he'd love to play in what is widely regarded as the nation's top conference, he says it's not a necessity.

"Right now weighing my options," he said. "I'm not ready to name favorites yet. I did go to Alabama's A-Day spring game recently. I'm going to Ohio State soon. I'm going to be in Columbus for a Nike camp so I plan on visiting while I'm there.

"Playing time is a big factor for me in making my decision. I see myself adapting quickly, learning the playbook, and being ready to compete right away. I just want the opportunity to show what I can do and not have to wait. If I see a program that I feel I have a good chance of doing that, it will go a long way with me. Certainly academics are important, so is a good coaching staff, but I'm a competitor and I'm looking to make an early impact."

At Giles County, Ordway started out as a running back but moved into the secondary as a sophomore. He helped the Bobcats to a 12-3 record in 2013 with more than 200 receiving yards, 75 tackles, nine interceptions, and 17 pass breakups. Ordway says his only senior goal is to win a Tennessee AA state championship.

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