Guard Brad Tinsley of Oregon City [Ore.] High School verbally committed to Vanderbilt and faxed in his paperwork on Friday, the player's father told The City Paper.
The 6-foot-3 Tinsley, ranked by Rivals.com as the nation's 16th-best senior point guard, had narrowed his choices to Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He visited the VU campus last month.
Tinsley becomes the fourth member of Vanderbilt's 2008 recruiting class, joining swingman Jeff Taylor of Hobbs, N.M., and forwards Steve Tchiengang of Montverde, Fla., and Lance Goulbourne of Princeton, N.J.
Each player is ranked among the nation's top 150 senior prospects by ESPN. Jerry Meyer, Rivals.com national recruiting analyst, recently said Tinsley's addition could help Vanderbilt's recruiting class rate among the nation's top 15 this year.
Tinsley's father, Carl Tinsley, said his son's official visit to Vanderbilt all but sealed the deal.
"After he visited Vanderbilt, he decided Wake was the only other school that had a shot at him," Carl Tinsley said. "It was a matter of coaching staffs, players and the depth chart. Those schools are pretty similar. There's not a lot of difference between them."
Vanderbilt made no secret of its desire to recruit Tinsley. On Feb. 27, the day after the Commodores upset then-No. 1 Tennessee at Memorial Gym, VU assistant coach King Rice was in Oregon City to watch Tinsley's practice session.
"That tells you something," Carl Tinsley said. "Wake wanted Brad, but Vanderbilt really wanted him."
With the Commodores having little guard depth for the 2008-09 season, Tinsley figures to have an opportunity to start, possibly at shooting guard alongside returning point-guard starter Jermaine Beal. Tinsley can also play point guard.
Tinsley shared Oregon class 6A Player of the Year honors this past season after averaging 24 points and seven assists per game.
"Brad felt he could go in and contribute right away at Vanderbilt," Carl Tinsley said. "He's always played the point, but he's a point guard who can score in a lot of ways. He's a good shooter and very versatile. He has a good feel for the game and loves to pass.
"Vanderbilt will use him in both [guard] positions and use Brad with what he does well."
Tinsley is also excited about joining a recruiting class that figures to rank among the best in Vanderbilt history.
"Brad doesn't know those other three guys, but he knows they're good players," Carl Tinsley said. "We're hoping this recruiting class can get Vanderbilt to the next level."