By DARRYL MAXIE / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.”