Three-star defensive back Trent Sherfield wanted to commit to Vanderbilt since the second he landed the Commodore offer. All he needed was the green light from his mother and stepfather. On Thursday, the 4th of July, that green light came and Sherfield was finally able to put an end to his recruitment.
Trent Sherfield (middle) with future teammates Emmanuel Smith (left) and Bryce Lewis at Vandy's Elite Camp earlier this summer.
The plan was to make Sherfield’s third trip to Vanderbilt of the summer with his stepfather on July 6 but when a scheduling conflict arose, Sherfield had a family meeting in which they decided there was no reason to wait any longer. In the end, Vanderbilt had everything the Danville, Ill. native was looking for.
“Really I know I’m going to graduate and make money,” Sherfield said of his decision. “I want to make money and Vanderbilt, that’s a real good school and a real good opportunity to do that. I want to pursue my dream to go to the NFL but if that doesn’t work out, I can get a real good job with a Vandy degree. They players are awesome and the coaches are great. Everyone is fantastic.”
Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin received a pleasant surprise on his family vacation with a call from Sherfield to make the decision official.
“He was real excited,” said the newest Commodore. “He was actually on vacation in Florida. I called and told him I wanted to commit. He told me how proud he was and he couldn’t explain to me how happy he was.”
With his commitment behind him, Sherfield is now ready to hit the recruiting trail and his number one target is Top100 linebacker Nyles Morgn. Sherfield is teammates with Morgan on his Core 6 7on7 team and already he has begun the process to get the four-star to join him in Nashville.
“I’m most definitely [recruiting],” he said. “My main target now is Nyles Morgan. I play with him on my Core 6 team. If we can land him that’ll be a real nice one. When I actually talked to him he said that Vandy was number one so we’ve got to keep pushing.”
Sherfield plans on visiting Vanderbilt one more time this summer and then again in the fall. He was recruited by Vanderbilt quarterback coach Ricky Rahne and safeties coach Bob Shoop. With his commitment, Rahne moves up to No. 52 in the national recruiter rankings.
Vanderbilt is currently ranked No. 35 in the country in the 247Composite team rankings with 10 public commitments in the fold.