DeBrossard recaps official to Vanderbilt

Darion DeBrossard took an unofficial visit to Vanderbilt last weekend, and the offensive tackle from Snellville, Ga., has a lot to say on this year's Commodore recruiting class.

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DeBrossard, who stands 6-foot-5 and weighs nearly 320 pounds, told VandyMania.com that the weekend was one of the "most memorable experiences" of his life.

"I felt like during the course of the weekend the committed players formed a brotherhood," Darion DeBrossard said. "When you get people together from all over the country with different types of personalities, they're not always going to mesh well and get along, but we did. It felt like we had known each other for 20 years. It was amazing the connection we had with one another. Coach Mason is a visionary. He's the one who recruited all of us to Vanderbilt."

DeBrossard said he enjoyed getting to know the coaches, both new and old, at visit as well.

"Coach (Andy) Ludwig and Coach (Cortez) Hankton are definitely awesome people," he said. "They just joined the program but you'd never know it by the way they've connected with everybody there. Coach (James) Dobson, our new strength and conditioning coach, seems like an amazing person who can take an average player and show him everything he needs to do to be great.

"On the visit, Coach (Keven) Lightner came up to me and said after February 4th were're going to get the ball rolling on what I need to do to prepare to come in next summer. He said if it was up to him he'd redshirt every player their freshman year especially on the offensive line unless the player came in ready. Of course, that's what I plan on doing. He believes in the group of lineman we have coming and in expects us to do big things in the SEC."

During the weekend DeBrossard got to bond with his player-hosts, Delando Crooks and Stephen Weatherly, a little more than what he bargained for.

"My favorite moment of the trip was also the worst," said DeBrossard. "I got stuck in the elevator with Delando, Stephen, and Jared Southers, a guy who just committed (to Vanderbilt) a couple of days ago. It was a little awkward being stuck for that long on an elevator, but a bonding experience I won't forget. We ended up having to break out of it.

"What I truly love most about Vanderbilt is that players are going there because they love the program and the university and not just because of the coaching staff. The coaches that we have are great, but just everything about Vanderbilt is what makes it so special. I can't wait to go back for the spring game."

In his first year playing football at Shiloh High School, averaged five pancakes per game. He committed to Vanderbilt in November of last year over offers from Alcorn State, Brown, Furman, Georgia State, N.C. A&T, Penn, Southern, and St. Francis (PA).

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