Shurmur discusses decision

It took just one visit to campus for Kyle Shurmur to be sold on the idea of becoming a Vanderbilt Commodore. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound quarterback out of LaSalle College High School in Wyndmoor, Penn. became the third player to commit to Vanderbilt's Class of 2014 under first year head coach, Derek Mason. Shurmur spoke to about his pledge to the 'Dores future.

"When Coach Kotulski came by in April I thought that Vanderbilt would be something I'd very interested in learning more about," Shurmur said. "He gave Coach Dorrell my film and then he came and watched me in person and said he was impressed. Last Wednesday I decided to visit with my Mom and it was everything I was looking for in a college. We both loved it. I felt comfortable there. After going home and thinking about it for a day, I called Coach Mason and told him I wanted to come. He said 'that's great'.

"First and foremost, Nashville is a awesome city. I liked how all of the athletic buildings were kind of in a circle. The football building was next to the stadium with the baseball stadium and the gymnasium right there too. I thought that was really cool. Then there's the great academics."

Shurmur grew up the son of a college and professional coach. His father, Pat, is currently the offensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles and spent two seasons as the Cleveland Browns head coach. In college he had assistant coaching stints at Michigan State and Stanford. Shurmur feels like he'll be a good fit in Vanderbilt offensive coaching philosophy because it mirrors what he's grown up around.

"Vanderbilt is going to be running a pro-style West Coast offense," he stated. "I think it's going to fit me perfectly. I'm a drop back passer. Coach Dorrell has coached drop back passers most of his career and done well with them. I felt it was similar to what my Dad does with the West Coast offense. I think we'll mesh well together.

"I feel like I'm a smart kid who makes good decisions when throwing the football. I'm tall so I can see over people. I think I'd be a big presence on the field and a good teammate with leadership. I'm good with the things that can't be measured, the intangibles, that you can't teach."

Shurmur held other offers from Buffalo, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois, Pitt, Temple, and UCF prior to committing from Vanderbilt. He said he'd like to make a coupe more summer visits to Nashville to get to know his future teammates before heading into his senior year at LaSalle.

"Last year was my first as a starter," he said. "I threw for 2,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. My goal is to win state this year. I really do think we have a good chance to do that. We fell short last year but we were a young team. We're bringing back significant experience and that will help substantially."

Out of the Philadelphia Catholic AAAA Conference, the LaSalle Explorers were 8-4 on the 2013 season. Top Stories