"I called Coach Johnson on Thursday and committed," said Turner Wimberly, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback / safety. "I've always been interested in Vanderbilt. It's a great school, and Nashville is a great town. The program is on the rise.
"Several other schools were interested in me, but there's not a better school I could go to than Vanderbilt. Vanderbilt spotted me last year at the Elite combine. They saw me run the 40 and throw the ball around a little bit.
"It's a big relief to have my college choice made. My parents are really excited. They love Vanderbilt as a school and think it's a great place for me."
Charlie Fisher contacted Wimberly in the middle of the Hun season, and has stayed in touch for the past few weeks. "They were very honest with me throughout the whole process," Wimberly said.
The other Hun star being pursued by Vanderbilt is offensive tackle Mike Boyle. Boyle is taking an official visit to Maryland this weekend, but is also planning to go with Wimberly on an official visit to Vanderbilt either Jan. 13 or 20.
Wimberly graduated in May, 2005 from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, where he used to throw passes to former Vanderbilt baseball player Aaron Garza. In order to raise his visibility among college recruiters, Wimberly elected to postpone his first year of college and go the postgraduate route at Hun, a prep school known for producing numerous signees every year. Obviously, the move paid off.
If he stays at quarterback, Wimberly (who has been clocked at 4.51 in the 40) would probably be the fastest man ever to play QB at Vandy. More likely, however, he will start out at another position, filling in at quarterback only if the need arises.
"Vanderbilt recruited me more as an athlete," he said. "I'm going to have a chance to play both quarterback and defensive back. Wherever they need me, that's where I'll end up.
"They talked to me about playing receiver too, and playing all over in the defensive secondary."
At Hun, Wimberly played free safety alongside Myron Rolle, Scout.com's No. 5 prospect in the nation, who played strong safety. On offense he often threw to and handed off to the versatile Rolle, who is committed to Florida State.
"Myron's a good friend of mine," Wimberly said. "When I got [to Hun], it was about the time Myron was getting ready to commit. Sometimes I talk to him about certain schools."
Vanderbilt's commitment count stands at 17, and could go as high as 22 by Feb. 1.