How did Shurmur feel about his outing at the Elite 11?
"I thought I did alright," he said. "I missed some throws here and there, but overall I thought I did ok. It was fun getting out here and competing against some of the best quarterbacks in the country."
With his commitment to the Commodores firmly in the back of his mind, Shurmur talked about the reasons he'll leave his home in Pennsylvania for Music City.
"Vanderbilt is a great place in a great town as Nashville is awesome," explained Shurmur. "Coach (Karl) Dorrell and Coach (Derek) Mason are great guys and I've really enjoyed getting to know them a little bit and look forward to continuing to get to know them over the summer.
"Vanderbilt has great academics and is a great school. Plus, I'll get to play in the best conference in the country. So there are no negatives in the situation and I really felt comfortable going there."
What did the Commodores show Shurmur that made him feel he'd found a home?
"I really can't explain it," he said. "I just had a good feeling when I was there and felt it was the right place for me. There were a lot of positives at the three main places I was looking at, but I just really felt comfortable at Vanderbilt. While I can't explain it, I just felt it was the right place for me overall and I got a very good vibe from the school."
With a new staff in place, Shurmur is confident in the direction the program is headed.
"As you know, Coach Mason as at Stanford before and they have a great reputation with their defense and their program as a whole is great," he said. "I feel he'll bring some of those aspects of Stanford to Vanderbilt as they are pretty similar schools. They just happen to be in different locations, in different conferences and different spots right now. However, I feel as the years go on, Vanderbilt is going to have a lot of improvement and will be able to compete at the highest level."