Shackelford: "Vanderbilt is a Great Place"

D.T. Shackelford was among several elite prospects to receive a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt during the Evaluation Period. phoned up the Decatur, Ala. native to get his early thoughts on the Commodores. Read inside for all the details.

Things have been going pretty good on the recruiting front for Austin High star, D.T. Shackelford, to say the very least. The 6-2, 235 pound LB has been the recipient of several scholarship offers from various programs across the country, including the Vanderbilt Commodores. "Vanderbilt offered me a scholarship about three weeks ago," Shackelford said. "They came by one of my spring practices, and offered me."

Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Line Coach, Robbie Caldwell, has been put in charge of Shackelford, and the two of them appear to be hitting it off quite well. With that being said, D.T. shared with us how Coach Caldwell and the rest of the coaching staff members feel about him as a prospect.

"There are a lot of things that they like about me as an athlete," D.T. said. "But there are also a lot of things that they like about my personality. Basically they like me as an overall person. You can be a great athlete, but if you don't have what a college coach is looking for in order to make a difference on the field, what good is it."

When asked who was in the lead for his services, D.T. denied a front-runner. However, he had no reservations in letting us know how he truly feels about Vanderbilt. "As far as schools, I haven't really knocked it down yet," Shackelford said. "But I will tell you this, Vanderbilt is a great place. I really can't give you no numerical value or a list of where they stand, but I can tell you that it's a real good school. It's truly an honor to get an offer from them."

Although no particular program has the edge, we did manage to pry a few other things out of D.T. regarding how convenient it would be to suit up in the black and gold… "I actually live about 2 ½ hours away from Vanderbilt, so it's really not that far away from me, D.T. said. "It would be nice to play close to home, but I also want to go to a place that's going to be the best fit for my future. So wherever that place is, I want to make sure I make the right choice; whether it is close or far away."

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Note: D.T. Shackelford is currently holding down a 3.8 GPA in the classroom, and has scored an 18 on the ACT Top Stories