Chance Sorrell says not even an offer from Urban Meyer will make him change his mind. He’s headed to Vanderbilt.
“It just kept circling back to a place that I’m celebrated and not tolerated and a place that really wants me,” Sorrell told Vandy247.com. “Vandy set the standard, bar none.”
Sorrell (6-foot-6, 260 pounds) plays tight end at Middletown, but will move to offensive tackle at Vanderbilt. That kind of athleticism on the edge is needed in the Southeastern Conference.
“I’ve been working out at tackle and honestly it’ll be a pretty easy transition,” Sorrell said. “(Becoming) an athletic tackle (will) be a great (opportunity) and I’m looking forward to it.”
Vanderbilt’s academic pedigree, roster, coaching staff and location all played parts.
“Nashville is a great place with a lot to do,” Sorrell said. “I love country music … and I really love the state of Tennessee.”
In the Cards: Fairfield senior Danny Burns (6-7, 310) became the school’s first Division I offensive line recruit in 14 years when he committed to Louisville. Burns also held offers from Maryland, Iowa State, West Virginia, Pitt and several MAC schools. Fairfield’s Justin Belarski signed with Pitt in 2000.
Serviceman: Mason senior linebacker Matt Stewart (6-1, 220) has committed to the Naval Academy. He also had offers from Kent State, Buffalo and Air Force.
MAC attack: Springboro senior tight end Jordan Rigg (6-5, 245) doubled his options after Buffalo and Massachusetts joined Ohio and Ball State with offers.
2015 talent: Ross junior offensive lineman Simon Stepaniak (6-4, 276) added an offer from Ohio to a list that already includes Indiana, Bowling Green and Toledo. A second team Southwest Ohio Conference selection last year, Stepaniak ranks among Ohio’s top five 2015 line prospects. Not far behind is Trotwood-Madison junior Brice Hinton (6-4, 286), a top 10 talent.
Miami commit: The RedHawks added their fourth 2014 commit and second from Ohio when Bluffton senior Issac Little (6-3, 209) verballed. Miami’s other recruits are Perrysburg tight end Nathan Patterson (6-4, 235), Avon (Ind.) defensive end Mack Duffin (6-4, 220) and Chesterfield (Mo.) Central linebacker Trey Knes (6-5, 220).
Weekly recap: New offers? The list includes Lakota East senior running back Bobby Brown (Ohio), Lakota West senior receiver Tyler Jones (Ohio), Thurgood Marshall senior defensive end Landon Brazille (Ohio), Trotwood-Madison senior running back Marc Raye-Redmond (Brown) and Greenville senior linebacker Ran Drew (Tiffin).
Big Ten: Massillon Washington junior kicker Andrew David (5-8, 162) committed to Michigan last week, while Genoa senior offensive lineman Michael Deiter (6-4, 290) committed to Wisconsin.