D-lineman Theo Horrocks settles on Vandy

Theo Horrocks, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Fayetteville, Tenn., has accepted a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt, according to his high school coach. The 6-3, 260-pound Horrocks is Vanderbilt's 14th commitment for the class of 2004, and its fourth defensive line commitment.

Theo Horrocks, a 6-3, 260-pound defensive lineman from Fayetteville, Tenn., has accepted a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt, according to his high school coach. The 6-3, 260-pound Horrocks is Vanderbilt's 14th commitment for the class of 2004, and its fourth defensive line commitment.

Horrocks helped lead the Lincoln County High School Falcons to one of their finest seasons in history in 2003. The Falcons went undefeated in the regular season, won the region 3-5A championship, and finished the season 12-1 after advancing to the state quarterfinals. Horrocks played both offensive guard and defensive tackle for Coach Louis Thompson's Falcons.

"He has committed to Vanderbilt," Thompson told TheInsiders.com. "He liked the academics there. He's a very good student. They're getting a real good one there.

"He's real quick. He runs about a 4.8 forty at 260 pounds. I think he'll put on about 20 pounds. He's very quick and very strong. He benches about 350 pounds already, and he's going to get even stronger."

Horrocks teamed with defensive lineman and Division I-A prospect Lamar Divens to provide the Falcons one of the most feared defensive lines in the state. Vanderbilt was heavily involved in recruiting Divens as well, but the 6-4, 280-pounder is currently committed to Ole Miss.

Horrocks visited Vanderbilt unofficially twice for football games last fall, and plans an official visit this weekend. The Commodores already also have verbal commitments from defensive linemen DeMarcus Bradley (Springfield, Tenn.), Jeremy Gales (Columbia, Tenn.), and Brandon Holmes (Garland, Tex.).

Verbal commitments are not binding. National signing day is Feb. 4. For a complete current list of Vanderbilt commitments for the class of 2004, click here.

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