Vanderbilt makes play for Houston lineman

Vanderbilt saw two defensive linemen, T.J. Smith and Jackson Perry, decommit from the class of '15 last week. The Commodore coaches were eager to welcome Cy-Fair (Houston, Texas) defensive lineman Ross Donelly for an official visit this weekend.

Although considered a heavy lean to Stanford, Donelly left Nashville on Sunday impressed with what he saw.

"The recruiting process has been very hectic for me lately," Ross Donelly told "I want to go (to Vanderbilt) and see it. It's a school in the SEC with high academics. I thought it was very nice. The coaches and the people there were all very welcoming.

"They like me at nose tackle. I talked with the d-line coach (Frank Maile) and thought he was a pretty chill guy. He's someone who I think can work will me and help me be able to make the step to the next level."

Donelly said while Stanford is his leader, he's planning on keeping his options open for the time being.

"I'm waiting to see what's going to happen with Stanford," he said. "They're going over my application right now. I'm not sure what's going to happen or when I'll make a final determination (on college). Vanderbilt, I feel, is definitely a good option to have and I'm glad I made the trip. Nice campus, nice city."

The 6-foot-2, 315-pound defensive tackle was once committed to Rice, but reopened his recruiting prior to his senior season after Ole Miss, Stanford, Texas Tech, and Utah began expressing heavy interest.

"It's been hectic, like I said, sometimes confusing," Donelly said of his recruitment. "Obviously, education is my top priority. Playing for a good group of coaches is a big factor too. I'm unsure, right now, of what's going to happen with it, but I should know a lot more later in the week."

Donelly was named All-Greater Houston as a senior. He produced a strong senior season which turned recruiting interest into offers. He had 70 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one blocked field goal after an injury plagued junior season.

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