Vandenburg talks Vanderbilt
Brandon Vandenburg was fairly confident Vanderbilt was the right place for him going into this weekend's official visit. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound tight end from the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, Calif. saw what he wanted to see and became the newest member of Vanderbilt's 2013 recruiting class. After arriving safely in his home in California's Coachella Valley, Vandenburg spoke to VandyMania.com on his decision to be a Commodore. "Honestly, it was an easy decision," said Brandon Vandenburg. "There are only three schools in the country that are as competitive as Vanderbilt in both athletics and academics. Out of those three Vanderbilt definitely has the most stable coaching staff and the best in my opinion. It was also an easy decision with the opportunity at tight end to come in and make a difference. It's a very good situation to come into." Vandenburg, who played his freshman season at the University of San Diego, spoke with some of the Commodore players about the program and how he could make an impact with next season's team. "I was leaning toward Vanderbilt before I left," Vandenburg said. "I wanted to meet some of the guys on the team and watch some film with the coaches to be sure. It went well. It was pretty much everything I was expecting and more. Austyn Carta-Samuels, who transferred from Wyoming, was my player host. I also hung around Chris Boyd and Jordan Matthews. They're definitely a likable group. They straight up told me tight end is the position they're hurting the most at on offense. They had a lot of drives stalled because there wasn't a go-to-guy for the intermediate pass or to go to on third down. "I had a great time watching film with Coach Bankins. I like him a lot. I'm looking forward to being mentored by him." During an official visit, each recruit has a chance to talk one-on-one with Coach Franklin. It was then Vandenburg decided it was time to make it official. "When I was sitting down with James Franklin," Vandenburg said, "I let him know I wanted the recruiting process to be over and I was ready to make the next step. All of the coaches were very excited and Coach Franklin expressed to me how glad he was to have me on board." Vandenburg will finish his studies at College of the Desert in May and be ready to report to campus in June. "When I get there I plan to buy into the team concept 100-percent," he explained. "It's a process of preparing myself that I'm going to take day by day. If I work really hard this summer, I think I've have a good opportunity to contribute next season." While on campus Vandenburg went to the graduate programs for Management. He loved the city Nashville and said, "it's a lot like San Diego with a twist." Vanderbilt fans are hopeful Vandenburg can be the new "twist" in the Commodore offense in the fall.