Caleb Peart discusses Vandy camp

Caleb Peart of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. said he was "on a mission" this past weekend when he took the solo journey to the Music City. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound defensive end/outside linebacker left Vanderbilt with what he was hoping for, an offer from head coach Derek Mason, his eighth overall.

"Vanderbilt had been showing interest for awhile," Caleb Peart told "They told me that if I came to camp, then they'd most likely offer me. I'm just ecstatic to have received it. They wanted to see how I'd play in the 3-4 out outside linebacker. After the camp they said they were impressed with my flexibility, that I respond well to hard coaching, and my athleticism. I think that they liked what they saw from me at linebacker despite not having played the position that much. At the barbecue Coach Mason spoke with me individually and extended the offer.

"I really liked it down there. Nashville's a great city. You hear all these great things about it but when I was there I thought it was something special. Coach Mason's a great, down-to-earth guy. He's also the type of guy who'll jump on you to do the right thing. When you first meet him, you can tell from his demeanor that he's the head man."

Peart holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Nevada, Northwestern, Utah, and Yale. He said that, at this point, his recruiting is still open.

"I could possibly come out with my top schools in the next couple of weeks but I'm open and trying to find the right fir for me with academics and athletics," he said. "Vanderbilt has high academics and I liked it down south, but I'm still checking things out. I was at Stanford today. Most schools are recruiting me for my pass rushing ability. I've only played defensive end in high school, but playing linebacker at 7-on-7 tournaments helped me do well at camp this weekend and get the offer."

Peart says this year's Hamilton team will be "young, but talented." Last year's Huskies team made their 11th appearance in a state championship game but fell to Mountain Pointe in the Arizona Division 1 finals.

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