Smith's a strong Commodore
Emmanuel Smith
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted Oct 22, 2013
Chad Simmons


Emmanuel Smith is done with the recruiting process. There are a couple of schools still lurking, but he is focused on being a Vanderbilt Commodore...

Vanderbilt it is for Emmanuel Smith.

The 6-foot-2, 200 pound safety chose an in-state school and it was Vanderbilt, not Memphis, not Tennessee.

It came down to his relationship with the coaches at Vandy and where he sees the program going.

"I think Vanderbilt is really close to moving up in the SEC," Smith said. "They are playing a lot better the last couple of years, they are getting better players, and I love how they are competing.

"The coaches are really amazing. They can coach, they know how to recruit, and I have gotten to know them really well. I have been 100-percent committed to Vanderbilt from the beginning and I am happy with my decision."

Smith told Scout that Ole Miss and Tennessee still check on him from time to time, but he is focused on being a Commodore.

James Franklin and his staff have really worked hard to change the culture in Nashville and that shows.

"I have attended a few games this season and I love the atmosphere," said Smith, a three-star safety on Scout. "It is a lot different than what it used to be like at Vanderbilt and I cannot wait to get there."

With his decision made, Smith now is working on his younger brother.

Josh Smith, a four-star outside linebacker in the 2015 class has a Vandy offer and the brothers would love to play together.

"We talk about it [Playing together in college], but I am going to let him make his own decision. I would like to play with him after high school, so I am telling him about Vanderbilt, but we will have to wait and see if it happens.

"I would like to say it is likely that we play together at Vanderbilt after we get done at Oakland, but it is hard to say right now."

Smith is the No. 42-ranked safety in the country on Scout.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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