Around Thanksgiving, the duo of running back Marquis Sumler and his quarterback, Shaun White, from Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic decided to make the call and pledge their services to Vanderbilt. Since that time, the Commodores have undergone a coaching change hiring former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin.
With that change, it has brought upon some second thought for one of those two prospects. Sumler, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back, has decided to re-open his recruitment and backed off his pledge to the 'Dores.
"I just wasn't sure how I fit into their style of offense," Sumler said. "I have been doing a lot of thinking about that and how I would fit in there. So I decided to open up my options a little bit more."
According to Sumler, his teammate, White, remains committed. Also, Sumler wanted to make it clear he hasn't eliminated Vanderbilt from the running.
"Vanderbilt is still in the running," Sumler said. "I am still going to give them a good look and see if I fit there. There is a lot about them I do like."
He is hoping to take official visits over the next three weekends in hopes of reaching his final decision by National Signing Day.
"I want to take a look at Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, and Vanderbilt," Sumler said. "It is those three. That is who I am looking at."
Sumler is planning to visit Western Kentucky this weekend, Vanderbilt next weekend, and Southern Miss the final weekend of the season.
As a senior, he rushed 213 times for 1,742 yards and 28 touchdowns. In the past three seasons, Sumler ran for 4,482 yards and scored 51 rushing touchdowns.