Education top priority for Peart

In June, Caleb Peart of Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. told VandyMania.com that he was "on a mission" to earn a scholarship at the Commodores one-day camp. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound defensive end/outside linebacker he did just that and on Wednesday, July 9th gave his verbal commitment to head coach Derek Mason.

"I gave Coach Mason a call yesterday and committed then spoke with my position coach, Coach Kotulski," Peart said. They were both definitely excited that I was committing. They were very interested in me and I think that it helps that I'm from Arizona in regards to recruiting. Instead of getting players just from one region, they're drawing in players from all over the country. Coach Mason, I feel, is doing a terrific job with the program. He's leading it in the right direction.

"My main reason for committing to Vandy is the education. A lot of other schools had good things to offer but not a top 20 world-class education. That's what kept sticking out to me with Vanderbilt.

"With football, I really liked the intensity and the fire the coaches displayed when I was there at camp. They like me at either outside or inside, a little too, linebacker in a 3-4 defense. I feel like that's a good fit with my versatility. I believe Vanderbilt's just a great fit for me overall from a football standpoint as well as an academic standpoint."

Peart had an impressive offer list which included Arizona, ASU, Boise State, Cal, Nevada, Northwestern, Utah, and Yale. He said some won't go away quietly after the commitment.

"It's a good weight that's off my shoulders," he explained. "A couple of schools said that they'll still be recruiting me to the end, but I'm 100-percent committed to Vanderbilt. I can't predict what the future will hold. Things may change, but for right now, I'm fully committed and look forward to being a Commodore."

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