Sunday, March 24, 2013
Emmanuel Smith joins Vandy's haul
The Commodores secured their third commitment Saturday with the addition of safety Emmanuel Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland). He was on campus to watch spring practice and called head coach James Franklin afterwards to give his pledge, according to the Louisville (Ky.) Courier-Journal.
Running back Dallas Rivers (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) and safety Bryce Lewis (Lilburn, Ga./Parkview) also committed this weekend. The Commodores now have five total verbals for 2014.
Smith, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior, picked Vandy over scholarship offers from Louisville, Memphis, Middle Tennessee, Oregon State and Tennessee. Other programs such at Duke, Illinois, Mississippi State, Stanford and Syracuse showed interest.
"It felt like home," Smith told the Courier-Journal. "Everything was right about it. I talked it to my family and my coaches. The school by itself is great... I made a commitment to Vanderbilt," he continued. "And they made a commitment to me. It’s very firm."
Smith, who plays both ways for Oakland, threw for 628 yards, rushed for 777 yards, made 77 tackles, intercepted 1 pass and forced 2 fumbles in 2012.
Prior to last season, he registered an electronically-timed 4.75 40-yard dash, 4.46 20-yard shuttle, 31.5-inch vertical and 82.29 SPARQ at a Nike Combine.
Additionally, his younger brother Josh Smith (Murfreesboro, Tenn./Oakland) is a 6-foot-3, 207-pound Class of 2015 prospect already holding offers from Tennessee and Vanderbilt despite missing the 2012 season with an ankle injury.
"I was surprised, but happy for him to get the offers," Smith said. "He’ll have to do his own thing, but I could see him joining me."