Vanderbilt signs long snapper to fortify oft-used kicking game

Monday, May 24, 2010 at 2:57pm
Staff reports

The argument can be made that the kicking game is more important to Vanderbilt than just about any other college football team.

After all, the Commodores were one of just four NCAA BCS teams that punted more than 80 times in 2009. Not only that, but they attempted more field goals (21) than extra points (20) last fall.

With that in mind, it makes sense that VU signed Andrew East, a highly-regarded long snapper out of Indianapolis, to a national letter-of-intent Monday.

“We’re pleased to have Andrew join our football team and look forward to him participating this season,” coach Bobby Johnson said in a release announcing the addition to the program’s 2010 recruiting class. “We think Andrew is an excellent linebacker prospect and has the abilities to become an accomplished long snapper. He’s also an outstanding student in the classroom.”

He’ll likely have to wait his turn.

Senior linebacker John Stokes has been Vanderbilt’s snapper on punts for each of the past three seasons.

East (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) started at linebacker for North Central High School as a sophomore and a junior. He made more than 100 tackles as a junior.

Last fall he switched to defensive end and made 64 tackles with 11 tackles for a loss. He earned all-conference honors and an invitation to compete at the Indiana North-South All-Star Classic.

All three years, though, he also was the primary long-snapper and was named the team’s special teams player of the week on numerous occasions.

East will report this summer and be with the Commodores when they open preseason drills in August.
 

2 Comments on this post:

By: dangerlover on 5/24/10 at 4:05

Oh very funny "staff reports." Probably the only thought put into this article was thinking about ommitting your name. I'd like to fortify your ass with my foot. Vandy football is such an easy target, and no, they are not that great but they also play in the freaking SEC. The strongest football conference IN THE WORLD. So next time, instead of making snarky comments about how important their punting game is to them, how about you go pick your nose and eat it.

By: fightcrib on 5/24/10 at 6:25

IM TOTALLY STOKED ABOUT THIS AMAZING SNAPPER. HE IS THE MISSING KEY TO OUR PROGRAM. IM SO EXCITED IM TOTALLY GOING TO DONATE $5,000 TO THE COMMODORE CLUB RIGHT NOW. GO DORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!