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Caleb Peart's recruitment floats somewhere between unique and cliché. The driving force behind his sudden commitment to Vanderbilt might be a touch different for the college football landscape as a whole. Commodore fans, however, have likely heard things similar to the defensive end's reasoning a time or 20 before.
See, the Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton standout's decision wasn't about style of play or facilities. In fact, it was only partly about football ... even if rankings-- of some sort, anyway --played a part.
"In the end, it was the top-tier, world-class education," Peart said just minutes after informing the Vanderbilt coaches of his decision on Wednesday evening. "I was looking at rankings, and I saw Vanderbilt as high as 17th nationally academically. That's what sets them apart. I was blessed to have the kind of offer list I have, but that education sets them apart. I have goals to play football as long as I can. At the same time, though, I need to have that backup plan. An education from Vanderbilt means you're set for life."
The mid-week commitment caught Vandy coaches, which were never given a decision date or a hint that anything could be coming in the near future, off guard. The surprise didn't end there, though.
Peart, who visited Vanderbilt last month, also managed to find a way to shock himself.
"If you would have asked me a couple weeks ago - or even a week ago - I would have told you I would take this into the season and take my visits before making a choice," Peart said. "That's the beauty of recruiting. Things can change in hours or days. That's what happened. I just felt it was right in my heart."
Peart says he does not necessarily intend to take other official visits in the fall, but also won't rule the possibility out completely. As he splits time between positions during his senior season, other opportunities may arise. It's why, at least for the time being, he remains no-committal on the visit issue.
"I am 100-percent committed to Vanderbilt," Peart said. "But, on the same token, I am going to play part time at linebacker this year, so that's going to be interesting. A lot of schools have been really interested and haven't offered. Now that they are going to see linebacker film, it could get me a lot more offers. Right now, I'm totally committed to Vanderbilt, but in this recruiting game, you never know."
With Vanderbilt's commitment from R250 LB Josh Smith on Tuesday night, the Commodores' 2015 class is now up to eight.
The No. 24 weakside defensive end in America, Peart is ranked as a three-star prospect. As a junior at Hamilton, he helped lead the Huskies to an appearance in the state title game and was a key cog in a state championship run as a sophomore. He chose the Commodores over eight other offers, including ones from Arizona, Arizona State and Northwestern.
Rob Cassidy is a Midlands/Southwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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