Academics, SEC sway Nance to Vandy

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

Calhoun — Calhoun quarterback Nash Nance said the hardest thing about his commitment to Vanderbilt, which he announced Tuesday afternoon, was the call he had to make to Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. That was a big contrast to the call he made to Vandy coach Bobby Johnson.

“Calling him was pretty easy,” said Nance, wearing the black Vanderbilt hat with the V superimposed over a star. “It’s a huge weight off my shoulders. Coach Mullen is a great quarterbacks coach, but I’m very happy with the decision I made. The [Vanderbilt] program has been building up for a while now. When I get there, I’m looking to do some great things there.”

Nance, who transferred from Darlington to Calhoun, made his announcement in tandem with Calhoun receiver Da’Rick Rogers, who slipped on a red Georgia cap. The two are best friends and Rogers referred to the football field as being “my second home, next to the Nances.”

“I’ll be pulling for him — until he plays us,” Nance said.

What gave Vandy the edge over Mississippi State and Harvard? It was the best combination of things Nance was seeking.

“Mainly the academiccs there,” he said. “You can’t measure what it means to have a Vanderbilt degree and to play in the SEC — what more can you ask for? — academics and the best football in the country.”

2 comments Add your comment

VanDSIRROM

June 9th, 2009
3:40 pm

Nash–

Welcome to Vanderbilt University. You made a wise decision that will benefit you for the remainder of your life.

Vandy Nation is expecting great things from you, too, over the next 4/5 years.

God Bless, VanDSIRROM

Maddog

June 9th, 2009
8:26 pm

Congrats to this young man. Sounds like he has a promising future even if it isn’t in professional sports. A Vandy education is a lock.