This week has been good to the Commodores when it come's to adding commitments and today they might have picked up one of the most important commits of the 2018 recruiting class.
Jesuit (FL) kicker Javan Rice publicly announced his commitment to the Vanderbilt Commodores today on Twitter and it's a commitment he is completely sure about it and has no plans of changing his mind.
"I am most definitely 100% committed to Vanderbilt," said Rice. "I am shutting things down and sold on Vanderbilt. Me and my family have always been one's to keep our words and that's why I waited a little bit before announcing my decision. I wanted to be double sure about my choice and every time it kept coming back to Vanderbilt being the absolute best place for me."
Vanderbilt hosted Rice and his family on campus earlier this week and it was the first time for the Miami area kicker to be in Nashville and visit with Commodores coaching staff in person.
He was able to take in all the sights and sounds that the Commodores had to offer and once he left campus, he knew immediately where he wanted to go to school.
"First off the elite academic standards that Vanderbilt has is exactly what I am looking for in a college education. Then it was the coaching staff. Coach Mason really has that program trending upwards and Coach Genyk has made their specialist group one of the best in the country. The coaches really made me feel wanted while on campus and I feel very comfortable being there and being around everybody," said Rice.
"Another big factor was how the players on campus and the players currently committed to Vanderbilt are so excited about where things are going at Vanderbilt that it is very hard to not want to be a part of that. I am very excited to be committed to Vanderbilt and I can't wait to get things started up there."
Rice might have to wait a while before he is an official student on campus but doesn't mean he won't be showing his face up in Nashville.
The 5-star kicker according to Kohl's Kicking, will be back in Nashville next week, chumming it up with other current commits and targets who he, the 2018 class and coaching staff will be working hard to bring into the fold.
"Yes sir, I will be back at Vanderbilt for their Friday Night Lights event and I am looking forward to spending more time with the staff and other current commits," he said. "I will be doing my best to talk up Vanderbilt and try to get more guys to commit to us. I should be a fun time and a chance to learn more about everybody."
Kicker was a need position for Vanderbilt as current starter Tommy Openshaw is a senior and will be leaving after the 2017 season. Rice will have every opportunity to come in next year as a true freshman and compete for the starting job.