The 6-foot-1, 195-pound defensive back committed to Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason on November 28th, 2014. The one-time Wake Forest commit was offered by Mason in October of last year and broke fibula in a game against Montgomery Bell Academy the very next day. Mason let him know the offer was still good, which sat well with Rector.
"I've always been a Vanderbilt Commodore fan. I grew up in Tampa so I'm not too sure how exactly it all got started. When we ended up moving to Nashville, right before my freshman year of high school, I really became a fan. I played with Coach (John) Shoop's son at Father Ryan. He was the defensive coordinator then, but also coached the safeties. He'd come out and coach me up at school. I started to like Vanderbilt more and more being so close to the program."
Rector chose Vanderbilt over offers from New Mexico State, UT-Martin (his first), Wake Forest, and Western Kentucky (his father's Alma mater).
"Coach Brett Maxie told me that they were impressed with my overall knowledge of the game. I'm someone who can come in and be that vocal leader that they're looking for to take command of the defense out there on the field. They just like a lot of the things I'm doing at safety and told me they see me making an immediate impact at the nickel."
On Rector's six game senior season, he had 50-plus tackles, three interceptions, six pass breakups, and four forced fumbles. He earned First-Team Division II-AA All-State DB honors as a senior captain.
"It was early in the (seventh) game when I actually broke the fibula. The doctors say everything is looking good and I'll make a full recovery. I'm not going to play any other sports this spring, just focus on conditioning and be ready for my freshman season at Vanderbilt."
Rector started out at cornerback, but moved to safety for his final two seasons at Father Ryan, the position he is expected to play at Vanderbilt. Andrew is the son of Suzanne and Steve Rector, and brother to Wyatt and Ally.
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