Nash Nance has committed to Tennessee.
Nance, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound quarterback from Calhoun, had been committed to Vanderbilt since last June. But he received a scholarship offer from Tennessee last week and took an official visit to Tennessee along with teammate Da’Rick Rogers this past weekend. He told Commodores coach Bobby Johnson during an in-home visit Wednesday night he was going to de-commit and go with the Vols.
“After visiting Tennessee on Jan. 22-23 and hours of prayer I feel that Tennessee is the better fit for me,” Nance said in a statement released to the AJC and other media outlets Thursday afternoon. “Coach [Derek] Dooley has all the confidence in me and my abilities. [He] had already broken down my junior and senior film and really likes my abilities and future as a Vol.”
No word yet on how this may or may not affect Rogers’ decision.
Rogers, a five-star wide receiver and the No. 1 player in the state according to the AJC, has been committed to Georgia since last June. But he also accompanied Nance on the UT visit last weekend after receiving an offer from the new Vols’ staff last week. The Calhoun stars and best friends have discussed the possibility of attending college together.
Rogers has not yet commented on Nance’s commitment to Tennessee.
Nance is rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN and a three-star prospect by Scout.com. He passed for 3,018 yards and 29 touchdowns with only eight interceptions in his only season at Calhoun. Nance transferred to Calhoun after spending his first three seasons at the Darlington School, a private school.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Rogers, Nance’s main target, established a state record with 1,641 receiving yards. Calhoun finished 14-1 after losing to Buford in the Class AA state finals.
Here’s Nance’s statement in it’s entirety:
“First of all I’d like to state that Kiser. But after visiting Tennessee on Jan 22-23 and hours of prayer I feel that Tennessee is a better fit for me., Coach Johnson, and all his staff, players and recruits are all top notch people and players. It was a difficult decision for me but I told Coach Johnson last night after a visit in my home that I was decommitting from Vanderbilt. It was very emotional for me and my family I think the world of Coach Cain, who was there as well and QB Coach
“Coach new head coach with integrity, extreme drive to be succesful, and a common man that all young athletes will relate to and will love going to battle with .has all the confidence in me and my abilities. Coach Dooley had already broken down my [junior] and [senior] film and he really likes my abilities and future as a Vol. Coach Dooley was so easy to talk to and he is very driven. He is a man of integrity like his father. I truly felt that I could go see Coach Dooley anytime with any issue, personal or football related. That is very important to me. In my opinion the has a
“Coach Chaney was the lead guy that recruited me. He and I hit it off from the beginning. Knowing he coached the great Purdue offenses and QBs and Kyle Horton is exciting. And his years of pro experience. Lastly my postion Coach Hinshaw is a perfect fit for me. Great ex-player and he loved my abilities and work ethic. I already practice some of his teaching principles. Also most importantly UT had everything I wanted academically. The new Haslam Business Building blew me away! I am so relieved and blessed to have this oppurtunty to play football for the University of Tennessee!”
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