Morris (Ala.) Mortimer Jordan defensive end prospect John Burrow has decided to fulfill a lifelong dream and play college football in the Southeastern Conference. The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder made a verbal commitment during the weekend.
"I have committed to Vanderbilt," he said. "I went up and visited and went to one of their camps. I loved the campus and loved their coaches. They offered me the day before I committed and the day of the camp after I sat down with my parents and decided to commit."
Burrow cited a conversation with Commodores head coach Bobby Johnson that helped Vandy's cause.
"He's a real down to earth guy," Burrow said. "He didn't seem like he was fake or anything like maybe some other coaches are. He told me they wanted me, that there was a big need at defensive end.
"I think Vanderbilt is on the upswing they are doing a lot of good things with that program."
Burrow also talked about what he liked about the Music City.
"I liked Nashville, the city, the way it is," Burrow said. "We went downtown and everything I saw it and I really like that. It's the home of the Tennessee Titans, so I was hoping I could go see one of those games while I am there."
The SEC also was very appealing.
"That was really my goal my whole life to get to play in the SEC," he said. "I am going to be going up against the best talent in the country. You have to be a good football player to play in the SEC because you are playing against the best."
Burrow's decision is a final one.
"Me and my dad and my mom decided if I made a commitment to actually make sure it's a commitment," he said. "I had some other camps and visits scheduled and decided I am not going to commit. I am going to be going to Vanderbilt after I get out of high school."
Burrow is the fourth verbal commitment in the Class of 2008 for the Commodores and the first from the state of Alabama, which has been kind to Vanderbilt during the Johnson era, sending such stars as Reshard Langford and Earl Bennett to the Music City.
Robbie Caldwell was Burrow's recruiter of record.