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Academics, coaches led Fischer to Vandy

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.-Last week, the Vanderbilt Commodores dipped into South Carolina and got a commitment from offensive lineman on the rise Kyle Fischer of Columbia Spring Valley.
After one of the final practices for the South Carolina North-South All-Star game this week, the 6-foot-5, 288-pounder gave a short interview to Rivals.com about his decision to pick the Commodores and his week of practice, which included squaring off against five-star defensive end Carlos Dunlap.
Fischer committed to Vanderbilt on his official visit to Nashville, which took place the weekend of Dec. 1.
"I just felt I needed to commit," Fischer said. "When I took my official visit there, they showed me a lot of things, but the thing that stood out the most was the education there and how the coaches have a great connection with their players."
One of those coaches, Commodores offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, a South Carolina native, was Fischer's Vanderbilt recruiter.
"He's a great guy," he said "He reminds me a lot of my coach."
Fischer picked Vanderbilt over North Carolina State, Louisville, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Maryland and East Carolina.
During the week of North-South practice, Fischer had improved his stock perhaps more than anyone, drawing praise from both the high school coaches on the South squad and the college coaches in attendance.
"This week had been going good," Fischer said. "I've been having fun, having a good time."
He squared off against Dunlap multiple times in practice.
"It's quite an adventure," Fischer said. "He's pretty good, but I think it will make me better in the long run.
"I never thought I could hang with Dunlap or any of them."
Fischer is a low (5.5) three-star rated prospect according to Rivals.com.
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