Prosper, Texas, tight end Taylor Thompson said just this morning in a story on Rivals.com that a decision could be days away. That day turned into less than 24 hours.
The 6-foot-7, 224-pound all-district selection has decided to commit to Vanderbilt.
"Yeah, it's true," he said via text message. "I have committed to Vanderbilt."
Thompson caught 22 balls for 375 yards as a junior with one touchdown in 2006. Though he's unsure of his defensive stats, he earned all-district honors for his play on both sides of the ball. He recently became one of the Lone Star State's hottest targets, picking up offers from Duke, Louisville, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Purdue, South Carolina, Stanford, Vanderbilt, SMU and several others.
Thompson visited a number of his suitors over the past few weeks, including Duke, Vanderbilt, Colorado, Colorado State, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M. The commitment for the Commodores is pretty significant one because Thompson could be a player that makes an early impact, plus he could do damage at either tight end or defensive end.
With a 4.1 grade-point average and a 1550 on the SAT, Thompson said all along that academics was going to be a major factor in his decision, and he held true to form when he decided.
"Academics was probably the biggest factor in my decision," he said. "They have a great business school, and I know a Vanderbilt degree will take me far once I'm done with college."