James Bostic in-depth on his commit to Vanderbilt

Cardinal Gibbons (FL) wideout James Bostic Jr. was targeted by Vandy months ago as the receiver the staff wanted the most in the 2017 recruiting class and last week the South Florida playmaker gave his commitment to the Commodores.


James Bostic, Jr is a big target at 6’3 200 lbs who is still growing into his body and fine tuning his talents. Vanderbilt wanted someone who brought the size, teachable skills and toughness to the position and Bostic represents them all. 

Two weeks ago in Nashville, Bostic, Jr visited campus for the Dores home game versus Florida and that visit was the only thing he needed to see before he made his commitment. 

“I had been thinking about committing to Vanderbilt for a while but I had never visited campus, so I decided to come up for the Florida game and check things out and it was exactly what I expected, so I committed,” said Bostic, Jr

“It was overall a good time. I had the chance to visit with my teammate (Randall Haynie) and we were able to tour the facilities, see a bit of the campus and spend quite a bit of time with the coaches. It was a good game too. Vandy hung there for a while and I really thought they played hard. I just really liked the feel I got while being there. It felt like home and I knew it was the place I wanted to be.”

Bostic, Jr made his commitment the Monday following his visit and became the Commodores 11th overall commit for the 2017 class. He joined fellow Cardinal Gibbons standout Randall Haynie as a Vanderbilt commit and both players have the upside to turn into star players at some point in their college careers. 

Vanderbilt will continue looking at other receivers as they may want to add at least two prospects to the class. 

The commitment of Bostic is considered solid at this time but the 6’3 wideout does admit that he will keep his ears open to others but just in case something happens with the staff at Vanderbilt.

“I’m pretty solid with Vanderbilt but I am still talking to others because you never know what can happen with a coaching staff at the end of the season,” he said. “I really like the coaching staff and I want to be there, so as of now I am completely committed to Vanderbilt.”

His player ranking among recruiting sites might be low but he understands why and he knows he has to continue putting in the work to play at a high level in college football. 

“I just recently began playing wide receiver, so I am still learning the position but I think I have taken to it pretty quick,” Bostic, Jr said. “I am a hard worker and put pride in my work and my desire to be the best. I like to be coached because it allows me to know what I need to do to get better and what strengths I have to improve upon. I honestly think the best is ahead of me, so I am just going to keep working and working until I get there.”

Bostic, Jr chose Vanderbilt over offers and interest from schools like N.C. State, MTSU, Temple, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi State, South Carolina and others.

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