Verbal commit from Baltimore shooting guard

Seven months before November's National Letter of Intent signing period, Baltimore's Maggie Morrison has verbally committed to play for Vanderbilt beginning the 2011/12 season. Fifty-two schools, including Nebraska and Kansas State, were in the hunt for her skills as a passing specialist who can shoot the three.

"Three-point shots are one of my things," the 5-8 guard from Archbishop Spaulding High Cavaliers. "I've been working on that since I was ten. I think I've got that down."

The Cavaliers finished second in her high school league, runners-up in the MIAA championship game. With her sights set on winning it next year, Maggie reports her team has another shot. "We didn't have any seniors and everyone's returning next year."

About the decision to announce early, Maggie said, "I had been telling friends and family that I wanted to make the commitment when I felt ready and was confident in making my decision when everything fit well with me and my family. It was definitely the perfect fit."

Maggie, who also excels as a forward on the soccer field, made an unofficial visit to Nashville in late February. After quality time with the coaching staff and team, the timing felt right. She watched a competitive Vanderbilt squad beat Florida 71-60 in an SEC battle.

"It was one of those things that from the time I stepped on campus, I was like, 'I need to be here. This is right for me. The coaches are great and I met the team and went out to dinner with them. They are a lot like the team I play on now. They are very tight-knit, which is very appealing to me. Academic-wise it's nothing less than the best. And that was great for my parents, too."

Maggie plays for the Maryland Terps (not "those" Terps), but an AAU team. Her oldest brother Pat plays lacrosse for Maryland (and older sister Bridget plays lacrosse for Oregon). She had not seen the local university upend Vanderbilt in the 2008 (66-80) and 2009 (74-78) Sweet 16 rounds, "but I'd love to play them sometime."

Meanwhile, there's a whole senior year of high school before walking onto the Vandy campus as an official student.

"I am more than excited. I can't wait to see what happens. Hopefully while I'm there we'll get a national championship. It's definitely something I want to play for. Academically, I know I'm going to get challenged, but I'm definitely up for it."

Maggie Morrison is a court leader for Archbishop Spaulding. Top Stories