Ryan Van Rensburg Back from Vanderbilt

When a school sets out to find a good athlete to meet their team's football needs, they hope they will also get someone who will compliment their program with good character. Vanderbilt University has hit a homerun with Jacksonville-Bolles School's Ryan Van Rensburg.

Not only do they have the pledge of a state champion, second team All-State running back from Florida, but they also have, in one swoop, gathered in a young man who will become a credit to their university.

Scout.com spoke with Ryan Van Rensburg about this weekend's visit to Nashville.

"It was wonderful," he said. I had a lot of fun."

Vanderbilt had a unique situation this weekend as all invited were verbal commitments to the Commodores. We asked Van Rensburg about that concept.

"It was awesome to get to know the guys that you are going to be playing with," he said. "We hit it off real well. It's a group of great guys. It was a lot of fun."

Van Rensburg is a native of South Africa, and his family relocated to the northeast Florida coast. He went on to describe his official visit to the Commodore campus.

"They showed us the campus, and we went out with our hosts. We met with the academic deans, and they showed us the academic support we will be getting through the athletic program. There are a lot of special people up there. I feel really fortunate to be in that situation," he said.

Junior running back Casson Jackson-Garrison was Van Rensburg's host.

Van Rensburg's parents visited the campus as well.

"My mom and my dad went with me, and they loved it," he said. "They had a ball."

The family also made it to see the Commodores take on the Tennessee Volunteers this season.

Coach Bobby Johnson seems to have the Vanderbilt team headed in the right direction. They have become a force to be reckoned with in the SEC. Van Rensburg talked about his future coaching staff.

"They are committed," he said. "It is a program on the rise, and I think the coaches are really committed to that. They are committed to the academic side of things also. School comes first. They made a really good point about that. I loved the coaches. They were all really friendly. We are going to see if we can get to a bowl next year."

Van Rensburg battled an ankle injury last season, but says it is back at 100-per cent now. He is taking it easy as to not re-aggravate it.

"I am still going to run track," he said. "There is no rush, and I still have a lot of time left. I just want to get back in shape and get my ankle all healed up."

Van Rensburg will compete in the 200m and 400m track events.

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