Fleming talks Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt recently picked up its second commit of the 2011 recruiting season when Jean Ribault high school quarterback Damien Fleming revealed that he was going to be a Commodore. I spoke with Fleming to get his thoughts on what makes him a great player along with his feelings on someday playing for Vanderbilt in the SEC.

"Yes sir, I committed to Vanderbilt," said Damien Fleming. Fleming continued, "It was probably about a week ago after I visited. We came to the conclusion is the best thing for me." In addition to the solid academics of the Nashville school, Fleming was attracted to the opportunity to play in the SEC, "I know it's a great conference, the best conference in the country; there's going to be a lot of competition."

Last year as a part time starter Fleming passed for 1,000 yards and 15 touchdowns. He split time with Princeton signee Malik Jackson but after the second game he started the rest of the season. Fleming, who runs a 4.7 forty, believes that his passing ability and running elusiveness are what attracted Vanderbilt to him, "I'd say I've got a real good arm. I know how to read defenses. I'm a threat to run the ball at any time; I'm competitive, real competitive. I don't like to lose."

Fleming says he first heard from Vanderbilt in the spring when VU assistant Charlie Fisher came by to watch him throw. Then in late May he was offered by the Commodore staff. Later he attended the mid-June cookout for players who had been offered by Vandy but didn't commit then. A week ago he visited again and pulled the trigger, "It's a nice place and the academics are top of the line; there are plenty of opportunities," said Fleming.

The Sunshine State star also claims offers from West Virginia, Hampton and Southern. Additionally, he says that he was being heavily recruited by both Louisville and Southern Miss.

Fleming is also a standout basketball player, "I do everything but I'm mostly a forward." The team captain of the squad, he averaged 12 points per game during his junior campaign.

Fleming, who says Vanderbilt recruited him specifically as a quarterback, is excited about someday returning to his home state to face the Florida Gators, "I know that'll be crazy," said Fleming. The future Commodore signal caller stated that he is solid with Vanderbilt even if some of his home state powerhouse teams offer.

Academically Fleming is a hard worker in the classroom. Fleming has a 3.0 GPA and an ACT score that exceeds NCAA requirements. "I'm just trying to do better, raise that GPA some more."

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