Chad Kanoff had been talking with the Vanderbilt coaching staff for about two weeks but nothing was for sure so when the North Hollywood (Calif.) Harvard-Westlake quarterback picked up an offer from the Commodores he was surprised.
It was the first offer for the 6-foot-4, 200-pound prospect and he's planning a trip to Vanderbilt in late March for the junior day.
"I had been talking to them for probably the last two weeks but it was still a surprise when I got offered," Kanoff said. "It wasn't like it was a guarantee they would offer me just because they were talking to me.
"I think it's an awesome school. Nashville is a really cool place and it has very good academics and it's in the SEC. It's awesome. I was planning on going to their junior day in late March. That's when I was planning to go see it and check it out."
Kanoff, who threw for 2,646 yards with 28 touchdowns and five interceptions in his junior season, said he's mainly been talking with Vanderbilt quarterbacks coach Ricky Rahne and things have been going well.
When Kanoff makes his way to Vanderbilt in March he hopes to get a better feel for the rest of the coaching staff and see if he could have a future at that school. He's excited about the possibilities.
"I want to see if it's a good fit and see all the coaches," said Kanoff, who also rushed for three touchdowns this past season.
"I talked more with the quarterbacks coach and he's a really cool guy. I want to see more of the players, the program and everything to take it all in."
Other than his offer from Vanderbilt, Kanoff said he's mainly hearing from San Diego State, Purdue and Syracuse. He has not received any other offers at this point in his recruitment.