Vanderbilt would love to add local talent

Vanderbilt secured a commitment from Nashville's best defensive backs in the class of '15 with Donovan Sheffield of Ensworth. They're looking to land one of the best in the following year's recruiting cycle in Father Ryan's Joejuan Williams who landed a Commodore offer this past June. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety spoke to on what he thinks of the new Commodore coaching staff.

Joejuan Williams Bio

"I've got a lot of love for Vanderbilt and the coaches there," Williams said. "I think they'll do big things there, if not now, eventually. At camp this summer I got a chance to get to know Coach Mason, Coach Dorrell, and Coach Maxie. They're great. It's been a while since I heard from them actually. Since school started back and football, I'm not talking to coaches as much as I was. Vanderbilt definitively still in the mix and an offer I'm considering.

"Right now, I'd have to say I'm hearing the most from LSU. The next two are probably Tennessee and Florida State. I've been invited to a lot of games but the only one I know I'll be attending for sure is the LSU-Auburn game on October 4th at Jordan-Hare. It's going to be a great game. I love SEC football. I've grown up watching SEC football but the conference the school is in won't be a deciding factor for me. I'm just about finding the right place for me."

In his first three games of his junior season, Williams already has three interception. He recently added names like Ohio State and Nebraska to his impressive offer list. There's little doubt Williams will be a highly sought-after commodity in the next year as his game continues to get better.

"The Vandy coaches were impressed with how well I did in coverage situations and that's an area of my game I feel like I've really worked hard on in the off-season he said. "In the first part of the season I think I've done some great tackling. Playing in the secondary that's a big part of the game, being a sound tackler.

"I'm enjoying my season so I'm not into recruiting as much as I was. I will be. I want to see the campuses to really get a feel for them because I want to be in a family environment in college most of all. Do I see myself fitting in at the school? It's a decision you don't want to really make hastily. I do want to play for a big-time program it just doesn't necessarily have to be in the SEC. Location doesn't matter. I love the two in-state SEC schools, but I'm looking at other places too. I could definitely see myself going out-of-state if I feel like it's the best fit for me. That's really what it comes down to."

Williams alternates from safety to cornerback at Father Ryan and also plays a little wide receiver on occasion. After a week two loss to Brentwood Academy, Father Ryan bounced back with a big win against Hillwood to up their record to 2-1 on the 2014 season. Top Stories