Vandy likes Gustin for defense

Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason finalized his staff in March with bringing in Frank Maile from Utah State. Soon afterward, the Commodores would offer Porter Gustin out of Salem Hills (Salem, Utah) High School. The 6-foot-4.5, 240-pound athlete plays both quarterback and outside linebacker in high school, but Vandy likes him on defense.

"It was about a month ago when I was on the phone with Coach Maile and received the Vanderbilt offer," Gustin told VandyMania.com. "He just told me he liked my aggressiveness to the football. He also mentioned my length and size, and my ability to play multiple positions. They like me at outside linebacker or a stand-up defensive end.

"I think (Vanderbilt) is a great offer. The SEC is the best football conference in the nation and Vanderbilt offers a top-of-the-line education. They're like the Stanford of the SEC. It's an offer that I'm taking very seriously. I've kept in touch with Coach Maile since he offered, mainly messaging with him on Twitter."

Gustin has 29 offers overall from such powerhouse programs as Boise State, Cal, Louisville, North Carolina, Stanford, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, and Wisconsin. He has visited Stanford, Utah State, and his parents Alma mater, Wyoming. His father, John, was a football player and his mother, Scarlet, was a basketball player in college at Laramie.

"I would like to play defense in college," Gustin stated. "I'm willing to play whatever position that will help my team win. Winning is a big deal to me. I want to join a team that has a legitimate chance to win a national championship while I'm there. I want to play for coaches who'll help me to be the best player I can be so I'll have a good opportunity to make it to the NFL. Finding a good academic school is also very important to me.

"I'm still pretty open. I'm going to be weeding my list out in the next couple of months and come up with a top five to make my official visits to. I'd like to make all five visits before making a decision."

Gustin wasn't able to play the whole season at quarterback due to a broken hand but still threw for more than 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns with a 59 percent completion percentage. He broke his other hand and had to wear both hands wrapped up the rest of the season. He finished with 78 tackles, two sacks, and six quarterback hurries. Gustin was named first team All-Conference and All-State honorable mention. In the coming season, Gustin says he'll play middle linebacker and quarterback in his senior year with the Skyhawks. Like his mother, Gustin also plays basketball. He also plays baseball and competes in track.

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