Hockaday, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete committed to Colorado in December, but, according to CPA head football coach Ingle Martin, he relished the chance to remain in Nashville for college.
"Jay said he's been going to Commodore baseball, basketball, and football games his whole life," Ingle Martin told VandyMania.com on Tuesday afternoon. "He always wanted the chance to go there and be a part of it himself and Coach Mason is giving him the opportunity to do that. He believes that this is a truly a blessing.
"Vanderbilt recruited him as an athlete, but they left it kind of open-ended. He can play either inside or outside linebacker or move to H-back or tight end on offense. Jay has great hands and has a knack for getting open and making plays in space as a receiver."
As a senior at CPA, Hockaday played running back and linebacker to lead his team to a perfect 15-0 record and Tennessee Class 3A state championship.
"We won the state title by a score of 7-0 over Alcoa," said Martin. "Jay had 127 yards on 27 carries and had the only touchdown of the game. Then he turned around and had 12 tackles on defense. It was one of the most impressive individual performances I've seen.
"The thing about Jay is he's a tremendous athlete. He's only going to get better as time goes on. I think some of his best football is ahead of him. His father, Jimmy, was a high school All-American at Brentwood Academy and then went on to play at the University of Georgia during the Herschel Walker era. Jay is the same type of athletic player that his father was. He really could have played anywhere for us. We started him out at cornerback. He has played tailback, wide receiver, linebacker, and safety. He probably would have been one of the best quarterbacks in the state if we had decided to play him there this year. He's a kid with a good, athletic frame that can put on another 20 to 30 pounds and not lose any explosiveness as a player. I think he still has a ton of growing to do and once he fills out that frame, he's going to be a very good player for Vanderbilt."
Hockaday was the MVP of District 12-AA in 2014, and was selected first team All-State. In 15 games as a senior, he rushed for 1,648 yards and 38 touchdowns, and made 95 tackles on defense. He selected Vanderbilt over offers from Colorado, Furman, and the Naval Academy.
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