Lealao talks commit to Vanderbilt

Nifae Lealao

It was Christmas in February for Vanderbilt fans when 4-star, top 100 prospect Nifae Lealao announced he was signing with the Nashville school. Look inside to see what the coveted defensive lineman had to say about his choice.

Four hats sat on the table but none were Vanderbilt's. However, Nifae Lealao, who may be Vanderbilt's most heaviest recruited signee ever, tricked everyone by pulling out a hidden Vandy hat and choosing the 'Dores.

What exactly did Lealao see in Vanderbilt and the 'Dore staff?

"I loved them," said Lealao. "I did have a relationship Coach (Derek) Mason, Coach (David) Kotulski and Coach (Vavae) Tata prior to them getting the jobs at Vanderbilt. They are just nice, genuine people. They are just very friendly. Everyone out there in the whole Vanderbilt staff, the students and the players all had this thing about them. The kindness and [inaudible] to the environment they love to spread and share. I felt that and that's pretty much what geared me toward Vanderbilt."

Lealao, who had offers from such heavyweights as Alabama, LSU, Arizona, Washington, Wisconsin, and Oregon State- is a versatile player and could help the Commodores anywhere on the defensive line.

"Primarily staying within the defensive end or defensive tackle spots," said the 305 pound lineman. "Pretty much whatever package Coach Mason or Coach Kotulski use… They said I could be an impact player as a true freshman. That's not what it's all about. I just want to be part, not just of the team, but the family of Vanderbilt."

A top 100 Scout.com prospect, Derek Mason's staff has already accomplished something that James Franklin and his assistants were unable to do in three years with the Black and Gold.

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