Turner Cockrell talks commit to Vandy

After Vanderbilt officially offered Allatoona (Ga.) tight end Turner Cockrell, it didn’t take long for the Peach State prospect to make up his mind about the Commodores.

Two weeks ago, Turner Cockrell camped at Vandy and impressed the entire staff. Yesterday the 3-star tight end gave his commitment to the Commodores and he couldn’t be more excited about attending school and playing football in the Southeastern Conference.

“I feel so happy about committing to Vanderbilt and I don’t think I could of made a better choice,” he said. “I had thinking about Vandy a lot since they offered. I camped at a few places after them but they were always at the front of my mind. I knew I was ready to commit after this past weekend, so I went ahead with my decision.”

Academics and playing in a strong football conference were two things Cockrell looked for in a school and the combination Vanderbilt offers, is something he couldn’t turn down.

“Vanderbilt really gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to high level football but also their reputation in academics. It is a dream to play in the SEC, so getting the chance to do so at Vanderbilt while I also earn a great education, is something I couldn’t walk away from. I’m excited about my decision and my opportunity at Vanderbilt.”

Being able to join the 2016 Vanderbilt recruiting class was something Cockrell saw as a strong possibility, especially after his performance at Vanderbilt’s Friday Night Lights prospect camp.

Inside the Commodores indoor practice facility, Cockrell displayed length, size and more importantly his athleticism, speed and overall potential.

The Dores coaching staff immediately fell in love with Cockrell’s abilities and potential down the road and after adding some weight to his 6’5 frame, Vandy may have found themselves a steal of a recruit and someone that can become a dynamic offensive weapon.

“I like how Coach (Derek) Mason runs his program and I think they are doing good things that will help them in the future,” said Cockrell. “We talked about me adding some weight once I get to college and how my body can change the way I need it to. I am a hard worker and willing to do anything I can to not only help myself but the team as well. The coaches told me they love my potential and just want to get me into their program and continue developing as a player.”

Other schools may want to get involved now after Cockrell’s commitment to Vanderbilt.

He could have a big senior season that propels other schools to come offering but Cockrell is sold on the Commodores and can’t wait to get back up to Nashville.

“I feel real good about my choice to commit to Vanderbilt. We shall see if others want to get involved but as far as I am concerned, I am solid with my choice to Vandy,” he said.

“I am not sure when I will get back up to Vandy yet but I want to very soon. I am going to try to make it to Nashville as much as I can. I have football coming up as well so it will be tough to balance everything but I definitely want to see Vandy play as many times as I can.”

Cockrell committed to Vanderbilt over offers from Pittsburgh, Buffalo, East Carolina, Air Force and others.

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