Just the guys, the atmosphere. You really
can't go wrong with that. Mackenzi Adams
took me around on my official. He
was my official host. He just showed me Vanderbilt and I really enjoyed it and
felt like that was a good fit for me.
VandyMania: How did your visit go?
Brett Upson: They took me around. Talked to some in the
Peabody school of Human and Organizational Development, which I want to major
in. Talked with some people about that. Really, you can't go wrong with a
Vanderbilt degree. They showed me Nashville and showed me the campus. I fell in
love with it. I met a bunch of guys with the football team. They are just like
me, I fit in well with them.
VandyMania: How did the offer come about?
Brett Upson: I went up there not knowing if I was going to
get a scholarship or not, because they didn't know if one was going to open up.
I got there and had a great time on my visit. Everything went well. Got in the
office this morning and wasn't really expecting to get a scholarship and Coach
Johnson offered me in his office and I took it. I was surprised.
VandyMania: What other schools offered you?
VandyMania: What were your senior statistics?
Brett Upson: My senior year I averaged 44.2 yards per
punt. I was 9-12 on field goals with the longest of 54. I averaged right around
4 seconds on hang time.
VandyMania: What special training have you had?
Coach Ray Pelfrey out in Reno, Nevada trains
me. I go out there about once every three months to train." Pelfrey punted for
the Green Bay Packers
back in the 60s and has a Super Bowl ring. Brett
also received coaching from Dolphins great, Ray Guy for two years.
VandyMania: How will you fit into Vanderbilt's
Brett Upson: I actually hung out with Hahnfeldt the whole
time I was there. I'm going to be strictly a punter and if Hahnfeldt isn't ready
yet he said something about me taking the kicking duties until he is able to do
all of it without hurting himself again.
VandyMania: Hahnfeldt was a key tackler on punting teams
last year. How is your tackling?
Brett Upson: [laughs] "I had 6 tackles."
VandyMania: What are your thoughts on playing college
Coach Johnson left it with me like this: I
need to be ready to play against Michigan
on September 2nd. That feels pretty
amazing, especially being on ESPN the first game." Upson is used to playing
before 1,000 people at Spalding High School games. The Michigan game
will likely be before 110,000 and millions in the television viewing audience.
Second defection to Vanderbilt?
OL/DL commit Greg Billinger
, a three star prospect, was scheduled
to visit Vanderbilt over the weekend and rumors surfaced that Georgia had pulled
his offer. VandyMania asked, Ryan Jordan, Scout.com's Georgia Recruiting
Expert to comment on the situation. Jordon told us "If he visited
Vanderbilt, Georgia was going to drop him. His mom desperately wants him
at an academic school such as a Duke
or a Vanderbilt. She has been steadfast
against him going to UGA from the outset. If he was still talking to
Vandy, then I wouldn't have any doubt that they pulled his scholarship offer.
They were really getting upset with him and had given him an ultimatum on about
the 18th of January."
Later, VandyMania contacted Billinger's mother and confirmed that
Billinger had visited Vanderbilt over the weekend. VandyMania asked
Billinger's mother is he was still committed to Georgia. His mother
replied, "we don't know."
The Vanderbilt staff picked up its 23rd commit on Sunday when punter/kicker Brett Upson of Spalding High School in Georgia committed. VandyMania spoke with Upson about how his visit went and possible scenarios for his playing at Vanderbilt.