New Jersey OL hoping for Vandy offer

After an injury-plagued season, Jared Southers of Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J. decided to hit a spring camp in Piscataway, N.J., and was named the most outstanding lineman at the event. After that camp, Temple came in with an offer and seven more soon followed. The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive tackle made a trip down south to Nashville for a Vanderbilt camp in June.

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He spoke to VandyMania.com on where he stands with the Commodores and how his recruiting is shaping up as he prepares for his senior season in northeastern New Jersey.

"Vanderbilt started recruiting me in the spring," Southers said. "I went down there back in June and the entire staff was very welcoming. They told me to just be patient with the offer. Vandy's a school I'm very interested in. I mean, the campus is beautiful. Academically, it's a great school. I was being recruited by Coach Mason and Coach Kotulski when they were at Stanford. I've developed a good relationship with both of them. Coach Lightner, too. I really enjoyed working with him. He said he loved my versatility in being able to easily play anywhere on the line."

Southers feels that schools like Vanderbilt, Stanford, and Penn State who are close to offering would like to see some of his senior film first. A fractured foot, suffered in a pre-season scrimmage, end his junior season which slowed his recruiting down to where, he believes, it should be.

"I'd say the biggest thing I've done since last season is transform myself physically," he said. "I've added muscle and overall strength to my body. My footwork, lateral movement, and agility are quicker. Hopefully when coaches see my senior film the offers will start rolling in again.

"Location won't be an issue for me. I've been to Stanford, Cal, and USC out on the west coast, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt in the south, and Northwestern and Penn State. I'm willing to go anywhere if the academics are strong and I'm comfortable at the school."

At Seton Hall, New Jersey's oldest Catholic prep school, Southers will take over as starting left tackle. Despite missing all of his junior season, Southers still has some impressive offers including Connecticut, UMass, Rutgers, Temple, and Yale.

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