Recruiting: Commodores land Utah lineman, Tampa DB

Vanderbilt picked up two new commitments for the class of 2003 over the weekend when Tom Sorensen, a 6-foot-4, 288-pound offensive lineman from Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sean Dixon, a 6-0, 175 defensive back from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla., committed to the coaching staff.

Vanderbilt picked up two new commitments for the class of 2003 over the weekend when Tom Sorensen, a 6-foot-4, 288-pound offensive lineman from Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Sean Dixon, a 6-0, 175 defensive back from Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla., committed to the coaching staff.

Sorensen, a three-year starter, team captain and All-State player in Class 5A, made an official visit to Vanderbilt over the weekend, and gave coaches his commitment on Sunday, according to the Salt Lake City Tribune.  "The facilities here are great, and I will get the opportunity to play in the Southeastern Conference," Sorensen was quoted as saying. "I could not find a good reason why I should not got to Vanderbilt."

Sorensen, who was also recruited by Utah, Utah State and Kentucky, said he will go on an LDS Church mission before attending Vanderbilt, but won't leave until May of next year.

Sorensen also said he was impressed by Vanderbilt's academic standards and line coach Robbie Caldwell, who visited him at his school last week.  "The coaches are great at Vanderbilt," told the Tribune. "They are confident that they can get the program up and going."

Last summer Sorensen attended camps at Brigham Young and Colorado.  At the BYU camp he was named the top lineman in the camp and won the Fastest Lineman Challenge.

Sorensen becomes the sixth offensive lineman to commit for the class of 2003.  Vanderbilt has already received commitments from Merritt Kirchoffer (6-4, 275) from Roswell, Ga.; Elliot Hood (6-6, 250) of Indianapolis; Josh Eames (6-4, 280) of Lower Cape May, N.J.; Brian Stamper (6-6, 265) of Orlando, Fla.; and Chris Williams (6-6, 260) of Baton Rouge.

The commitment of Dixon, a defensive back with reported 4.4 speed in the 40-yard dash, was reported by Louisville recruiting site Insidetheville.com.  In addition to Vanderbilt's offer, Dixon had scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Louisville, Missouri, Purdue, Iowa State and South Florida.  Dixon had six interceptions for a team that went 9-1 in the regular season, and blocked three punts this season.

"I liked everything I saw during my visit," Dixon told Michael McCammon of Insidetheville after visiting the Vanderbilt campus over the weekend. "I feel like I can make a difference there right away."  The Commodores are sorely in need of defensive backs after losing DB's Rushen Jones, Jonathan Shaub, Justin Giboney, Mike Martin and Aaron McWhorter to graduation.

Verbal commitments are not binding.  The Commodores expect to sign as many as 23 players on national signing day, Feb. 5.  For a complete list of players who have committed to Vanderbilt, click here.  For up-to-the minute news and rumors on Vanderbilt football recruiting, and more complete information on players considering Vanderbilt, access VandyMania's football recruiting message board by clicking here.


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