Vanderbilt Lands Kicker

Ryan Fowler, kicker from Taylors-Eastside, (S.C.), was waiting for an offer from Vanderbilt when he received the good news. Scout.com spoke with Fowler about his decision.

"I am going to Vanderbilt," Ryan Fowler said. "I have been talking to coach [Ted] Cain the whole time. I talked to him two weeks ago, and he told me they may have an offer for me. I got a text message yesterday telling me to call him. He got me on the phone with coach Johnson, and they offered me."

"When Coach Johnson said they were going to offer I pretty much just said yes. He said wow, I wish it was that easy all of the time. My family and the Vandy family are pretty happy that I have committed. It is going to be a great opportunity."

Fowler is excited about his commitment to the Commodores and gave his reasons for committing.

"I have worked pretty hard to get where I am right now," he said. "It's a relief and exciting to know you have accomplished something that great. To go to a D-I, SEC school is just amazing. It's the best conference you can play in. It's a great opportunity."

"The first time I visited the campus was the Vanderbilt-Florida game. Right when I walked up I felt welcomed. They treated me like family. I walked around the campus. It's one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen. I like how the coaches treat you, and the academic opportunities are great as well."

The South Carolina product broke his leg during his junior season and only played in three games. He was three-of-three in field goals with a long of 40-yards. He averaged punting 36 yards and 80-percent of his kick-offs sailed through the end zone.

Fowler will learn more of his position as a kicker or punter once he arrives on campus.

"I don't know what they want me to come in and play," he said. "I know they offered me as a kicker. They didn't say anything about redshirt. They said it's a great opportunity to come in and play for the next four to five years."

"I like doing all of them. I can't really pick one over the other."

"I did not receive any other offers. I talked to a few other schools, but they weren't sure on their situation. It's a great relief. It makes me feel good too that I got the scholarship before the season. It makes me feel that I am good."

"I only will visit Vanderbilt. Coach Johnson said they have eight home games. I can go to any or all of them. I have a friend who is a big Georgia fan. He wants to go with me to the Vanderbilt-Georgia game. My parents graduated from South Carolina. I will try to go to that game as well. I will probably go to those two games."


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