Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby outside linebacker Jakarri Thomas had been committed to Arkansas since July, but following an official visit to another SEC school this past weekend he has decided to make a change.
"I did switch my commitment," Thomas said. "I am going to be going to Vanderbilt."
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound linebacker says that he returned from the visit and discussed the change of heart in-depth with his family and coaches.
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"It was a family choice," Thomas said. "But really, it was my choice."
Thomas explains how he made the decision to become a Commodore.
"I looked at everything when I made the decision," Thomas said. "A big part was the education. When I went on my visit to Vanderbilt, I found myself feeling as though they prepare you to be stable in life in the long-run.
"Also, I believe they prepare you to play in the National Football League too," Thomas added.
The Sunshine State prospect says that he had a sense of comfort during his official visit last weekend at Vanderbilt.
"It was a family thing at Vanderbilt," Thomas said. "I just felt comfortable at Vanderbilt. They are just like a unit of good people there. It is a place that makes you feel welcomed, not only for the football part but also being there for college. You will be taken care of as a student."
Another reason he opted for Nashville over Fayetteville is the distance from Tallahassee.
"I realized it is a long drive, really far, to Arkansas," Thomas said. "It is a shorter distance to Vanderbilt. My family will have a better chance to come see me play."
Thomas says he is now done with visits and will officially sign with the Commodores next Wednesday at Godby.
"Basically I feel I get more of the best of both worlds if I go to Vanderbilt," Thomas said. "I can't wait to make it official. It is amazing to know that I am going to somewhere that I want to go and that will benefit me. I am very much looking forward to Signing Day."