Onetime UGA and Georgia Tech OL target … headed to SEC rival

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 landed one of Georgia's top offensive lineman (AP)

Vanderbilt landed one of Georgia's top offensive lineman (AP)

“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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52 comments Add your comment

Little Dawg in NC

December 17th, 2012
2:31 am

Goog luck. Gotta commit early if u want to play for the big dawgs. At any rate wish him the best. Go dawgs

GT Alum

December 17th, 2012
6:47 am

This is why holding out for more offers isn’t always the best move. I glad both GT and UGA are honorable enough not to oversign like Bama, Tennessee, LSU, etc.

Neutral

December 17th, 2012
7:02 am

You are right on GT Alum. A lot of these guys are indecisive or play games and it sometimes backfires. Good luck Delando and congratulations on your great GPA…..sorry we didn’t keep you in Ga.

JB

December 17th, 2012
7:13 am

Ouch…. Tech missed a good one here.

Hal

December 17th, 2012
7:45 am

I guess the top engineering school in the south that has won four national championships and just played in the ACC title game , is located in his home state, in the greatest city in the south, where the taxpayers just footed his bill for his high school education isn’t good enough. Best of luck Ace.

Kingdaddy

December 17th, 2012
7:46 am

Good luck Mr Crooks. You should have taken the offer when you had it, now you will have to settle for less. Sometimes life’s lessons sting. Vandy is a good school, but it’s not UGA ..

Erin "spike the ball" Murray

December 17th, 2012
7:57 am

Hey Carvell.. did you have fun at the Justin Bieber concert last week???

Charles

December 17th, 2012
8:47 am

Joey

December 17th, 2012
8:57 am

Damn, if Franklin keeps on, and Vandy will have to build a bigger stadium, and probably name it after him.

He really is a good coach.

www

December 17th, 2012
9:10 am

this kid should have been a high priority for georgia tech.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 17th, 2012
9:14 am

Crooks is a quality OL…. Tech has the academics and the engineering program but obviously their football team is going in the wrong direction with Paul Johnson.

Flo - Ri - Duh

December 17th, 2012
9:16 am

Yeah Tech played in the ACC title game because two other teams forfeited and Tech will be playing in a bowl game with a losing record.

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:18 am

DO IT DO IT DO IT DO IT DAWGS! Idiots!

RambleOn84

December 17th, 2012
9:19 am

That’s why we already signed two O-linemen better than this kid, right?

UGA not in Vandy's league educationally

December 17th, 2012
9:23 am

In arrests, UGA is the leader but according to Jan Kemp, UGA is not in Vandy’s league.

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:27 am

You know Dawg fans, if only Delando were different. I mean, the grades are there. Certainly the athleticism is there. So what is it about Crooks that y’all don’t like. What is it that makes y’all choose Alden Bynum, or Watts Dantzler, or Pyke or Long or Dabell, instead of this kid? I wonder what it could be? Maybe we should ask Booboo, Friend, Daniel Inman and of course, Joe T. Oh, and you’re wonderful AD, McGarity. And of course “Milk Toast” Richt. I bet they could tell us why. I bet they could tell us the REAL REASON. As if you Dawgs don’t already know. Do it Dawgs. 32 no wait, now it’s 33 years. You deserve every one of them.

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:36 am

You’ve already sent BAMA Chance Warmack and Brandon Greene. You’ve sent Muschamp Max Garcia, Octavious Jackson And Trenton Brown. Tech gets Shamire Devine and Jeremi Hall, Why not let Vandy have Delando Crooks? We don’t want them to feel let out, now do we? Georgia fans, these are the very Athletes you have to have to win a National Title. Why don’t you get t? I swear, if any of you are 50 or older, you ain’t gonna see a National Title. Not in your lifetime. Not with the current idiots y’all seem fit to keep in charge up there.

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:39 am

Tennesee – JuJuan James

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:40 am

LSU – Vadal exander

Josh Cardiello

December 17th, 2012
9:43 am

Still waiting to meet you in person “tide roll”. Me and my boy Kublanow want to demonstrate the pancake technique in person to a Tech troll hiding behind a Bama blog handle

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:48 am

Man, you guys could have had Brandon Greene and Trenton Brown at Tackle. Shamire Devine and Octavious Jackson at Guards. Max Garcia at Center. Instead you go Alden Bynum and Zach Dabell at Tackle. Cardiello at Center!, and Kublablow at Guard! Do it Dawgs. Throw in a little Bryce Ramsey at QB, instead of UGA legacy Anthony Jennngs and you’ve got an offense that only Booboo, Joe T, McGarity and all you other bulldogs could appreciate. 33 damn years. Look for that number to continue to climb.

TIDE ROLL

December 17th, 2012
9:54 am

Cardiello. Worry about pancaking Bama’s defensive front or Florida’s. Hey, by the way, have you seen this guy Kublablow?? I didn’t realize the Michelin Man had a little brother.

Buzzzed

December 17th, 2012
9:56 am

Tech needs these guys. Hope he’ll reconsider. Vandy’s recruiters are definitely good if they can sell Vandy over Tech for Engineering/Business Degree and football. Tech recruiters need to step up.

Seriously?

December 17th, 2012
10:04 am

TIDE ROLL – give it a break son and go back to playing your video games. In other words, GROW UP!!!

RambleOn84

December 17th, 2012
10:18 am

Buzzzed,
We don’t have space for him…we already have two guys who are more highly ranked and another we like as well.

We only have around 17 scholarships to give, and we need a couple more D guys.

We don’t have 35-40 scholarships to give like Georgie and Bammer.

GTville

December 17th, 2012
10:22 am

Atlanta may be the biggest, but Nashville is by far the best city in the South. I am not in the loop for why UGA or GT did not pick him up, but I imagine both schools and the kid had enough discussions that they all know why and are okay with the decision. Best wishes and congrats.

TooDog

December 17th, 2012
10:26 am

no big deal—GA’s loaded at this position. The dogs will beat vanderbilt easy again and win the SEC in 2013—take it to the bank!

RHall55

December 17th, 2012
10:50 am

UGA will need @ least (2) more OL: Tunsil, Crowder, and / or Outlaw!!!

momentoftruth

December 17th, 2012
11:09 am

kingsdaddy- “Vandy is a good school, but it’s not UGA”

REALLY!

LOL!

Charles

December 17th, 2012
11:39 am

Vanderbilt has not developed quality educational programs like “Recreation and Leisure Studies” and “Health and Physical Education” as UGA has.

rpollardrealtor

December 17th, 2012
11:51 am

Good Luck to this young man. Wish he would of choosen the Dawgs sooner but You gotta move on. Go Dawgs!

GT Fan

December 17th, 2012
12:14 pm

There was not a spot for him at GT. GT closed the door due to him unwilling to commit. The was his only option.

Dawg Tired

December 17th, 2012
12:41 pm

Dang!! We needed another 3-star offensive lineman.

Taco

December 17th, 2012
12:54 pm

Dude stick with Vandy it is a great school in great town. I am a Tech man but we will be fine. Vandy versus UGA? Seriously that can’t be a question for a young man who might go pro in something other than football or smoking weed?

Ted

December 17th, 2012
1:46 pm

That is a tide roll impersonator. And not a very good one, at that.

Banker

December 17th, 2012
1:58 pm

There most certainly was a spot for Crooks at Tech. Or can’t you read? The fact of the matter is he had zero interest in Tech. And who could blame him?

Big Bad Pachyderm

December 17th, 2012
2:14 pm

Tide Roll = Tech nerd who knows his team stinks so takes on the screen name of someone who actually has a winning tradition. Really stinks to be a insect fan doesn’t it?

Mark (another one)

December 17th, 2012
2:40 pm

This young man is going to go to a great school and has the opportunity for a great education. Best wishes to him and congratulations. I’m a Dawg fan but let’s give credit where it’s due. This young man has a great opportunity ahead of him and he obviously worked hard to earn it.

Tide Roll's Tutor

December 17th, 2012
3:22 pm

Tunsil and Crowder. Enough said

Tide Roll's Tutor

December 17th, 2012
3:29 pm

Still haven’t figured out how recruiting works, have you?

How exactly do you “send” someone you offer a scholarship to, to another school?

Please tell us the qualifications you have to be giving recruiting advice. If Saban followed your advice, Barrett Jones would be playing elsewhere. AJ McCarron would likely be backing up Philip Sims.

Gorilla Biscuit

December 17th, 2012
3:55 pm

Tootsie Roll is a GT nerd posing as a Bama fan. That, right there, should tell you all you need to know about his credibility. A total zero.

Dawg-Gawn

December 17th, 2012
4:35 pm

Off topic recruiting news:

Jimbo Fisher has hired away Alabama DB coach Jeremy Pruitt to replace Mark Stoops as FSU’s new DC. This could prove to be a big blow to Saban’s recruiting ability… Jeremy Pruitt recruited South Alabama and the pan-handle of Northern Florida stretching across into the Jacksonville FL area. Pruitt was credited for being the man most responsible for Alabama’s #1 rated recruiting class in 2012 by flipping RB TJ Yeldon at the very last minute from Auburn to Bama. Also Jeremy Pruitt was the coach involved with the 2013 recruit DL Darius Paige school switching incident and was the #1 OT Laremy Tunsil’s primary recruiting coach at Alabama.

5 * OSLB Matthew Thomas 6′ 3″ 205 lbs Miami FL (B.T.W HS) has set up his Official Visits – Alabama 1/11/2013 – USC 1/18/2013 – UGA 2/01/2013 with NSD on 2/06/2013.

Even if UGA does not receive Matthew Thomas’ commitment this is a huge beginning in that UGA is reaching into South FL now with their recruiting power, bringing in such 5* talent into Athens GA…. UGA recruiting coaches need to be applauded for this 2013 class… they have given it their all!

Laremy Tunsil (UGA & Bama), Alvin Kamara (UGA, Bama & Oregon) Montravius Adams UGA & Clemson), Tyrone Crowder (UGA & Clemson), Toby Johnson (UGA & TN), Reuben Foster (UGA, Bama & Auburn) Matthew Thomas (FSU, Miami, Bama, UGA & USC) R Nkemdiche (Best Salad with Dressing)

“Sick 2013 Class”

“BELIEVE” in the “G”

Josh Cardiello

December 17th, 2012
4:59 pm

I’ll plow you boy

Stay out of my way

My boy Kublanow is called the punisher. He will flat our run over you too. Our OL will be the best in the SEC.

CHDawg

December 17th, 2012
8:06 pm

Vandy is doing well in football these days, and it is a superb school. A lot to be thankful for there. Congrats!

Pago Pago DAWG

December 17th, 2012
9:19 pm

Word on the street…UGA was backing off this guy anyway.

Nashtown

December 17th, 2012
10:28 pm

Again as I said at the beginning of the year, Franklin would lead the Dores to a winning season with 7 or 8 wins this year. They are building something special in Nashville with VU football. The other SEC/ACC fans, includingUGA and GT, do not realize it. But the recruits and the people that really follow SEC football and Vanderbilt football know this.

VU administration is committed to winning SEC championships. They believe now finally that academics and athletics can go together. What really turned it around for the administration is that even though they have been listed as a top 20 academic school the last 10 years, their reputation with top students still was not great. Top academic students around the country knew more of VU being bad in football than great with academics.

This got the administration attention and now they are all in for VU football. They see a great opportunity to keep their academic reputation but to create a better brand/ reputation by changing the narrow minded perception of VU being other than they are terrible in football.

They realize they can improve their 17 ranking amongst all schools by being known as being great in everything including football. They have the best recruiting story for any school in the south including SEC/ACC, etc. Go to a top 17 school, play in the best conference, live in the best city, network with a great alumni base, graduate more minority athletes than any other major school in the south, etc. They are committed to improving the facilities, and are gaining more support in the city of Nashville than every before.

I know especially in the south, I grew up here, old perceptions are hard to let go. But VU football is going for championships. Get used to it fans. Franklin is not going anywhere. VU is paying him one of the top salaries in the SEC. As long as they continue to show support for the program he will be there a long time.

Recruits know this, they see it and feel it when they go to VU. This year’s recruiting is ranked 11th so far. Next year will be even better. Great times at VU. Get on board!

ANCHOR DOWN!!!

Dawg1

December 17th, 2012
11:06 pm

When UT was rolling in the 90′S – they would come into the state and pluck three or four really good football players a year. They were doing the same thing in Louisanna.

Vandy is basically doing the same thing to Tech righ tnow. Kids who a solid football players with the Academics to make it through school, but just on the outer rim of a Georgia, Florida, Alabama, etc. – were kids that Tech could count on getting. Not anymore. Vandy is getting these kids and there is little doubt that it is hurting Tech in their own state.

Regarding some of the idiots above. Jan Kemp happened 30 years ago. Harp on that all you want – but it is rather stupid to try and ‘live off of that’.

Roll Tide Roll – Seriously… I feel sorry for you.

Dawg1

December 17th, 2012
11:06 pm

When UT was rolling in the 90′S – they would come into the state and pluck three or four really good football players a year. They were doing the same thing in Louisanna.

Vandy is basically doing the same thing to Tech righ tnow. Kids who a solid football players with the Academics to make it through school, but just on the outer rim of a Georgia, Florida, Alabama, etc. – were kids that Tech could count on getting. Not anymore. Vandy is getting these kids and there is little doubt that it is hurting Tech in their own state.

Regarding some of the idiots above. Jan Kemp happened 30 years ago. Harp on that all you want – but it is rather stupid to try and ‘live off of that’.

Roll Tide Roll – Seriously… I feel sorry for you.

Nashtown

December 17th, 2012
11:10 pm

Ok SEC/ACC fans, VU is building something special. Franklin is not going anywhere, anytime soon. They are paying him one of the top salaries in the SEC. They are committed to improving the facilities as well. As long as VU shows this commitment Franklin will not be going anywhere for a long time.

VU has the best story of any school in the south. Live in the best city, play in the best conference, network with a great alumni, graduate more minority athletes than any major school in the south, have a great support/enablement structure, be challenged in all areas to be great, graduate from a top 17 academic school, etc. Not a better story than anywhere else in the south.

VU is gunning for SEC championships. The people in the know realize this – recruits, close followers of the SEC, people in Nashville, etc. VU recruiting is 11th right now. It will get better next year.

I know it is hard for people in the south to let go previous perceptions. Mind you, I grew up in the south as well. They think VU playing for SEC championships is impossible. Well, that has all changed.

VU administration realized several years ago that their reputation among the top high school academic students were hurt by VU being know as a terrible football school. Even though, VU has been ranked in the top 20 the last 10 years, having a terrible football team hurt their standing with the top students across the country. Now they realize they can be great at both athletics and academics. The football program has more support than every before. They are playing to win big-time without sacrificing their academic integrity.

Great times for VU and for the years ahead.

ANCHOR DOWN!!!

KnoxvilleDawg

December 18th, 2012
9:17 am

Tide Troll. If I see another post from you,I’m calling the Humane Society. You have beaten that dead horse enough. Bury it along with your hate filled racist overtones.