George talks about his decision to become a Commodore

Andalusia (AL) cornerback Allan George saw his recruitment take a great turn over the past week. He received an offer from Vanderbilt at mid-week, officially visited over the weekend, de-committed from Richmond and before heading home, George committed to the Commodores. He talks with DoresDaily here about his decision to attend college and play ball in the Southeastern Conference.

Vanderbilt was the clear cut favorite from the beginning for George but the Commodores didn't know it. The North Alabama cornerback has long been a fan of Vanderbilt and wanted their offer more than anybody else's but he had yet to jump onto their radar.

Committed to Richmond, George held out as long as he could waiting on others before he finally broke down and made a decision. George choose the Spiders with every intention of attending until things changed late in the game when the Commodores became interested and decided to offer. 

The moment Vanderbilt offered George, he became immediately excited and knew right then and there that he wanted to become a Commodore. 

"Vanderbilt has been my number #1 school for a long time and that is the one school I wanted to be at more than anywhere else," said George. 

"I hadn't been in contact with Vanderbilt too long but I couldn't stop smiling the moment they offered me. I honestly wanted to commit right there on the spot but I decided to wait until my visit. Plus I wanted to tell the Richmond coaches first about what my plans were. I feel so blessed and excited about committing to Vanderbilt and I absolutely can not wait to start my college life in Nashville."

The Commodores became involved with George after losing out on a few cornerback targets and going back to the target list.

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The 2-star defensive back rated by Scout, quickly became a wanted player by the staff not only because of need but also because of the abilities George posed as an eventual starting cornerback in the SEC. 

Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and Commodores defensive back's coach Marc Mattioli had several conversations as well as a in-home visit from both, that quickly hooked George about the Dores and playing for one of the best defensive coordinators in the country. 

"Coach Mason is a really cool guy who I trust to make me into a great player and I believe he is one of the best coaches in the country." he said. "He is a former defensive back coach who knows how to mold me into the player I want to be. Vanderbilt plays great defense, which is coach by Coach Mason. After talking with him and Coach Mattioli, I am positive that I made the right decision and I can't wait to be coached by them and the rest of the coaching staff."

Prior to making his commitment official to Vanderbilt, George had to be on campus for his official visit with the chance at making sure he was comfortable with his surroundings in Nashville. 

It didn't take much for George to love about what he saw. He knew immediately when he arrived that Vanderbilt was the place for him. 

"Vanderbilt is the place to be. The city of Nashville is great and the campus makes me feel at home. The facilities are awesome and I had no idea how good they would be. I knew when I arrived to Nashville that I would love everything about the place. Vanderbilt offers everything I am looking for and I couldn't have made a better decision for my near future and beyond."

Academics played a big role in his decision but the competition he would endure in the Southeastern Conference, is what put the Commodores over the top. 

"I am a very competitive person and I push myself everyday to become the absolute best person and football player I can be. Playing football in the SEC will allow me to go up against some of the best talent in the nation and prove myself each and everyday that I belong on the same football field with them. You will never see me back down from competition and work ethic will never be questioned. I am so happy about being a Commodore and I can't wait to get on the football field with the rest of my new teammates and go after some championships," said George. 

The Alabama cornerback will be signing with Vanderbilt in his high school's library at 9 am Central. 


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