Danville, Ill., athlete Trent Sherfield made no secret in recent weeks that he was leaning heavily toward Vanderbilt, but expectations were he would commit this weekend when he was scheduled to visit Nashville. The three-star prospect decided not to wait, however, and lit some Fourth of July fireworks of his own.
"Me and my mom had planned to go down there and my stepdad was going to come, but he couldn't come because he coaches basketball," Sherfield said. "As a family we decided to sit down and talk about it as one and make the decision now rather than wait for a long time."
Once the decision was made, Sherfield did not hesitate to place a call to Vanderbilt's head coach and share with him the news.
"I got a chance to talk to Coach [James] Franklin," Sherfield said. "He was real excited about it and told me he was excited about me joining the family."
The planned visit for this coming weekend was more of a formality to finish off the decision. Sherfield and his mother had already visited the campus within the last month, and with his stepdad on board the Illinois native knew he wanted to be a Commodore.
"It really was just the coaching staff. The way they treat everybody is just phenomenal," Sherifeld said. "My mom got sold on the academics part, and how many football players they graduate. They focus more on academics than football.
"For me, it was the academics and the people. Right when I got on campus I felt right at home."
The 6-foot, 185-pound Sherfield had been recruited to play multiple positions, including safety, cornerback and quarterback. He will head to Vanderbilt to play the safety position, which is also where he lined up amongst the nation's best at last month's Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour.