Onetime UGA and Georgia Tech OL target, Delando Crooks, committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday night.
The 6-foot-5, 272-pound offensive tackle from Carver-Atlanta High School picked Vanderbilt over North Carolina and Purdue. Crooks is ranked as a consensus 3-star recruit.
“Vanderbilt has always been high on his list,” his uncle, Troy Vaccianna, told the AJC. “He has been to North Carolina and Purdue. They are both pretty good programs … but there was a comfort level with Vanderbilt from day one.”
Crooks decided to go ahead and commit to Vanderbilt before taking an official visit with the Commodores. However, he had checked out the SEC East twice — last summer and then again for the emotional win over Tennessee.
“He’s going on vacation to Jamaica on Monday, and he wanted to go ahead and get it over with,” his uncle said. “That way, he could enjoy his vacation without thinking about football. He’s in a good place with Vanderbilt; he likes the academics and football there.”
Crooks got early scholarship offers from UGA and Georgia Tech, but both schools filled the spots before he was ready to make his college decision. However, Crooks’ uncle and his high school coach both said the Yellow Jackets made recent contact to let him know there was a scholarship available, if he was interested.
“We talked to Georgia Tech on a regular basis, to (assistant) Buzz Preston,” Vaccianna said. “There was always a spot there at Georgia Tech for Delando.”
And what about UGA? The Bulldogs got early commitments from four offensive linemen, and are holding out hopes for 5-star Laremy Tunsil of Lake City, Fla. “Delando always did like Georgia. But you can’t have any regrets in life. You just have to move on. Whatever God has planned for you, that’s what it’s going to be. And you take life as it comes.”
Crooks is an honor student with a 3.6 GPA and 24 hours of college credit. He will likely study Engineering or Business Management.
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