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When word initially broke that James Franklin was headed to Penn State, four-star Vanderbilt commit Trent Sherfield was unsure whether his future was still in Nashville. After a weekend official visit, however, Sherfield has re-upped with the Commodores.
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"Vanderbilt is where I want to be," Sherfield said. "Me and my mom sat down with coach (Derek) Mason and she said that's where she wanted me to be and that's where I want to be. It wouldn't make any sense to visit any other schools when that is where I want to be."
Sherfield plans to call coaches at the other schools that had been recruiting him to let them know he is 100 percent with Vanderbilt. Mason is expected to have his in-home with Sherfield later this week, and the four-star defensive back got a good impression of the new Vanderbilt head man and his staff during his visit.
"I have been up there previously, but coach Mason sounds like he is going to take (Vanderbilt) to higher things," Sherfield said. "It was a real nice experience meeting the other coaches and being around the players.
"The DB coach and the defensive coordinator are excellent. The defensive coordinator came from Stanford and the Stanford defense has been amazing. I sat down with the DB coach and he coached for over 15 years in the NFL. I meshed with him and it was good talking to him."
The previous staff at Vanderbilt planned to bring the 6-foot-1, 184-pound Sherfield in as an athlete, but Mason's staff projects him to the defensive side of the football.
"We asked coach Mason what position he wants me to play and he said defensive back," Sherfield said. "He said it takes a special guy to play back there and he can see that in me.
"I'm not really for sure if it is for safety or corner because I don't know what kind of scheme he wants to run. I have no problem playing defensive back, especially with the defensive coaches that are there."
This weekend's official visit also gave Sherfield a chance to connect with other Vanderbilt recruits, including several he already knew.
"I have been down there with those guys when I went down for camp," Sherfield said. "Khari (Blasingame) committed yesterday and Bailey (Granier), I know he is probably going to get back on board. Coach said we are going to like what you see on Signing Day, and I think we will like it."
Sherfield made his initial commitment to Vanderbilt back in July, and has been on the campus multiple times. The official visit, however, still brought about new experiences.
"We really got to go into downtown," Sherfield said. "I have never had a chance to be down there like that on previous visits, but it is beautiful. Our player-hosts showed us a real good time when we were in Nashville and I can't wait to get there."
Other schools that had been in contact with Sherfield in recent weeks included Illinois, Indiana and Penn State, but the Danville, Ill., prospect said he is 100 percent signing with Vanderbilt next Wednesday.
Josh Helmholdt is the Midwest Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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