Academics important to Haley

Grant Haley

To say Vanderbilt has had a great month of recruiting would be an understatement. The latest addition to the '14 recruiting class comes from The Lovett School in Atlanta, Ga. Grant Haley, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back who boasted nine D-1 offers, made his commitment to James Franklin on Tuesday evening.

To say Vanderbilt has had a great month of recruiting would be an understatement. The latest addition to the '14 recruiting class comes from The Lovett School in Atlanta, Ga. Grant Haley, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound defensive back who boasted nine D-1 offers, made his commitment to James Franklin on Tuesday evening.

"I was excited to go ahead and commit," Haley told VandyMainia.com," so I called Coach Franklin last night. "Academics are really important in my house. That was a big reason I chose Vanderbilt. I've made three or four visits to campus this year. I was just there for a camp in June. I think it's the perfect environment for me to be in and I love the coaching staff. I'm looking forward to working with Coach Shoop and Coach Barlow."

"My recruiter was Coach Bankins. I first heard from him earlier in the year like January or February and then received the offer a couple of months later. He told me he loved the way I played with intensity, speed, and with the ball in my hands."

Haley is coached at Lovett by Mike Muschamp, the brother of University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp. As a junior, Haley had seven interceptions, 40 tackles, more than 500 rushing yards and 500 yards on kick returns. He had offers from SEC schools like Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, as well as Cincinnati, Georgia Tech and Wisconsin.

"To be honest I was ready to get it over with," Haley said on his recruiting. "I didn't really like it. After awhile it got annoying to me. I'm feeling pretty good. My parents are too. They know I made the best decision."

Haley is also a sought-out centerfielder who is being looked at heavily by the Chicago White Sox for the up coming MLB draft in 2014. He wants Commodore fans not to worry. He says a career in baseball isn't in his immediate future but Vanderbilt is next summer. In college, Haley would like to study Communications and hopes to go into broadcasting after his athletic career has ended.

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