Reitmaier: Vanderbilt a Definite Destination

The city of Nashville is starting become a hotbed for football recruiting and one of the top recruits in the greater area for 2017 is Lipscomb Academy defensive lineman Rutger Reitmaier.

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Last week, Vanderbilt became the latest school to officially offer the 6’3 280 pound lineman and Reitmaier already views the Commodores as a strong contender for his services.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to of been offered by Vandy and that is a school I am highly interested in,” said Reitmaier.

Vanderbilt joined Duke and Purdue in offering Reitmaier and soon enough more schools will jump in the boat with official offers.

The Lipscomb lineman earned his offer from Vandy after putting together a stellar performance at the Friday Night Lights camp inside the Dores indoor practice facility last week.

He showed outstanding athleticism for a guy his size along with having the smarts to understand the teaching from the Commodores coaching staff.

“The Vanderbilt coaches are really some great guys and seriously showed me a lot about the game of football and how good I can actually be,” he said. “I learned a lot about technique and how to use my hands. I know I have a long way to go in my transition as a football player but I feel like I am getting there and the teaching I learned at Vanderbilt will help me a lot this season.”

Reitmaier is quickly building a name for himself and if his progress continues, he could find himself becoming one of the top if not the top prospect in the city of Nashville for the 2017 class.

Besides his current three offers, Reitmaier is also gaining interest from Ole Miss, Tennessee, Virginia and others.

This fall, the Lipscomb lineman plans to take just a handful of visits and one of them will be to Vanderbilt.

“I really like Vanderbilt a lot but I also like some other schools as well,” he said. “I do not want to rush anything but I already have some strong feelings about a few places. I definitely plan to visit Vanderbilt and Duke this fall and I might go to Tennessee and Ole Miss as well. I have set anything up just yet but Vandy and Duke are definite destinations.”

Academics look to play a large role in the recruitment of Reitmaier. Having a solid and stable football program will play a role in his recruitment as well and he sees Vanderbilt taking the right steps to bringing their program in the right direction.

“I know they struggled last year but it was a brand new coaching staff along with a lot of young players so to me the future is only bright,” Reitmaier said. “I really like the coaching staff and how they go about things. They are smart men and seem to know what they are doing. I like the direction they are going and I am looking forward to seeing their progress on the field this season.”

Reitmaier already plays in a 3­4 defensive scheme at Lipscomb Academy. His versatility allows him to play either end or tackle in the 3­4 and good easily make the transition onto the collegiate level.

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