Ejiro Ederaine was just as shocked as everyone else when he heard Vanderbilt coach Bobby Johnson decided last week to retire especially since the Corona (Calif.) Santiago linebacker recently visited the Commodores and had a good talk with Johnson about the upcoming season.
"When I was up there we had a good conversation and he was like all ready for the season and I didn't know if I was going to go up there for a game, I don't know if we can afford it, but he said he'd love for me to come to a game to see the atmosphere," Ederaine said at the recent B2G Elite Camp.
"It shocked me. I called my recruiting coordinator, coach (Andy) Frank, and he said (Johnson) wasn't 100 percent in there so he didn't feel he should do it plus he wanted to do more things with his family."
Vanderbilt is one of Ederaine's top schools especially since he has family in the area and would like to play SEC football but Fresno State has made a move up for the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder this summer. Coach Pat Hill and linebackers coach Tim Skipper made a good impression on Ederaine at camp.
"They came up," Ederaine said. "At first they were recruiting me but I didn't know how serious they were and when I went to the camp the linebackers coach really liked me so that was good talking to coach Skipper. It was a padded camp so it was fun because I got to hit people. I had to dust off my shoulder pads."
Ederaine was one of the top linebackers at the loaded B2G event and has seen his recruitment heat up this summer but no offers have come in yet.
New Mexico State is showing more interest and Ederaine said he has also visited and likes Washington and Arizona. He said Vanderbilt, Fresno State and Washington are probably his three favorites.
"I don't know where I'm going to end up," Ederaine said. "I'd like to stay close to home but I'd also like to go to Vanderbilt and play SEC football.
"New Mexico State said they might offer me. Arizona said they like me but they're not ready to offer me yet. It was the same with Vandy. They just want to see me develop more in my senior season. All my top schools are waiting. They all like me, I'm high on the board, but they want to see what I do my first few games this season."