Vandy picks up defensive tackle prospect

Monday, June 30, 2008 at 1:23am

Defensive tackle Darrius McMullin of Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park High has verbally committed to Vanderbilt and says he will sign with the school in February, according to reports.

The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and would be one of the top recruits the Commodores have landed at his position in years.

McMullin had also received scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Kentucky and Central Florida before offering his commitment to Vanderbilt coaches last week. He also visited Mississippi State and Auburn.

“I’m still going to take a couple visits but I’m hard on Vandy,” he told Rivals.com. “I met the coaches and they are very cool. The campus was very nice, and they say that there's a possibility of playing early, possibly as a freshman. I just know Vandy is a great school, and you can get pretty much any job you want if you have that Vanderbilt degree.”

Rivals.com ranks McMullin as the nation’s No. 70 prospect among defensive tackles.

He becomes the fourth known player to have verbally committed to Vanderbilt for the signing class of 2009.

Others are safety Jay Fullam of The McCallie School in Chattanooga; offensive lineman Jacob Cabbagestalk of Seffner, Fla.; and athlete Eric Samuels of Umatilla, Fla.

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