"I talked to my recruiting and linebacker coach, Coach Belin, and told him that I am 100 percent committed to Vanderbilt and this program and helping to get this program back on the right track," said Memphis University School linebacker DeAndre Jones.
The above words should be a relief to the Commodore staff. Jones is considered a top linebacking prospect and turned down offers from Stanford, Kentucky, Michigan State and heavy interest from Duke. Jones has notified Duke that he is set on Vanderbilt, "I've talked to them and they understand my situation."
Jones had a super visit to Nashville. His hosts were former Memphis University School teammate John Stokes and former Memphis White Station linebacker Chris Marve. Jones and other Vanderbilt recruits had dinner with Coach Belin and their hosts and took a trip to Opry Mills for some video game fun. Marve roomed with Vanderbilt commit Dexter Daniels and hopes he can room with him when he and Daniels are freshmen at Vandy.
Jones is excited about the possibility of a future All-Memphis Vanderbilt linebacking corps, "It sounds like it to me. If not next year I'm hoping it's the year after that," said Jones.
Jones, rated the No. 42 linebacker nationally by Scout.com, had an outstanding career at University School. He finished his senior season with 70 tackles, 22 for loss, 8 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 1 fumble recovery returned for a touchdown and 1 interception. After the season Jones was selected as Pepsi's Best of the Preps and to the Varsity Sports Media's Tennessee Football Magazine Phenoms 32 All-State team. He was a finalist for the Titans Division II AA Mr. Football Lineman award and was also selected to VandyMania's Tennessee Super 44 team in July.
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