Brentwood Academy athlete Gavin Schoenwald bought in to the culture of Vanderbilt and committed to play his college football for the Commodores.
A day later, Eagle teammate Camron Johnson also committed to the Commodores giving Vanderbilt eight commitments for the Class of 2018.
It has been a good three days for Vanderbilt on the recruiting front as they picked up both BA commitments as well as commitments from West Forsyth (GA) tight end Ben Bresnahan and Belen Jesuit (FL) kicker Javan Rice as well.
“Both are really smart kids that are looking at the great education that Vanderbilt provides and the upward surge that Vanderbilt made last season really helped,” Brentwood Academy coach Cody White said. “We are excited for both of them and I think it’s great when you have kids that stay in state because everyone can watch them play.”
Both Johnson and Schoenwald (6-5, 225) were big cogs that helped the Eagles win their second consecutive Division II-AA state title in 2016 as Johnson caught 46 passes for 791 yards and scored six touchdowns while intercepting five passes from his cornerback position.
Johnson (6-1, 185) picked Vanderbilt over offers from Auburn, Duke, Georgia Tech, IIlinois, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Schoenwald (6-5, 235) caught 34 passes for 329 yards and scored four touchdowns from his tight end position, will play tight end at Vanderbilt but will play quarterback for Brentwood Academy his senior year.
He chose the Commodores over eight other offers from Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Riverdale DT D’Andre Litaker commits to Big Orange
Riverdale defensive tackle D’Andre Litaker became the 12th commitment for Tennessee’s Class of 2018.
Litaker (6-2, 305) missed his entire junior season last year after transferring from Oakland due to an injury last summer.
He chose the Volunteers over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Texas A&M.
“We are very proud of him, he has dealt with a lot of tragic situations this past year. He has held his head high and worked hard to make everyone proud. All of his family members will be able to watch him play. They are very proud of him,” second year Riverdale head coach Will Kriesky said.
Other in state commitments this offseason are: Blackman running back Master Teague (Ohio State), Cordova wide receiver Jacolby Hewitt (Indiana), Riverdale safety Jarek Campbell (Louisville), Lausanne linebacker Nyle Love (Memphis), Franklin offensive lineman Max Wray (Ohio St.), Baylor safety Brendan Harris (Tennessee), Nashville Christian defensive lineman Brant Lawless (Tennessee), Farragut tight end Jacob Warren (Tennessee), Gibbs offensive lineman Ollie Lane (Tennessee), Northwest athlete Shatar McClay (Tennessee), Harding Academy offensive lineman Will Lawrence (Virginia), Notre Dame offensive lineman Sam Stovall (Western Kentucky), Gibbs offensive lineman Dalton Widner (UNC Charlotte), Knoxville Webb linebacker Morgan Ernst (Army), Knoxville Catholic wide receiver Cam Blakely (Miami, OH), Siegel offensive lineman Maxwell Iyama (South Carolina), Brentwood offensive lineman Cole Mabry (Notre Dame), Knoxville Catholic offensive lineman Cade Mays (Tennessee), Coffee County athlete Alontae Taylor (Tennessee), Brentwood Academy linebacker Jack Sirmon (Washington), Baylor offensive lineman Walker Culver (Colorado) and Southwind defensive end Jordan Davis (Alabama) as in state commitments for the Class of 2018.
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