Recruiting: Dores lose DB, but pick up lineman

Vanderbilt lost one of its defensive back commitments to Wake Forest earlier this week, but has picked up another commitment, this time from an offensive lineman from Louisiana.

Vanderbilt lost one of its defensive back commitments to Wake Forest earlier this week, but has picked up another commitment, this time from an offensive lineman from Louisiana.

Cornerback Johnny Edwards, a 5-10, 180-pound cornerback from Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville, Ga.,  informed Border Wars' Scott Kennedy earlier this week of his decision to change his commitment from Vanderbilt to Wake Forest.  Edwards had committed to the Commodores back in July, but decided to change his mind after taking official visits to both Wake Forest (Dec. 21) and Vanderbilt (last weekend).

The Commodores had already come in second to Wake Forest for two highly-sought prospects, running back Micah Andrews of Norcross, Ga., and all-purpose athlete DeAngelo Bryant of Aiken, S.C.

But the Commodores also picked up a commitment from Chris Williams, a 6-6, 260-pound offensive lineman from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La.  Williams chose Vanderbilt over offers from Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Southern Mississippi and Illinois, among others.  He made an official visit to Vanderbilt the weekend of Dec. 14, but waited over a month and visited other schools before finalizing his decision.

In other recruiting news, Tom Anevski, a 6-5, 265-pound offensive lineman from Elder High School in Cincinnati, chose Boston College over Vanderbilt and Northwestern; and Lennox Whitworth, a 6-0, 220-pound running back from Milton, Mass., has also evidently chosen Boston College over Vanderbilt.  Both players had made official visits to Vanderbilt in the last few weeks.

Verbal commitments (as Edwards' "de-commitment" illustrates) are not binding.  National signing day is Feb. 5. For a complete list of players committed to Vanderbilt, click here.


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