Canty is Mason's first verbal

Vanderbilt has landed its first commit of the Derek Mason era and it has come from Riverdale (Ga.) High School wide receiver Rashad Canty.

Canty received an offer from Mason on Tuesday afternoon at school and promptly set up an official visit for the weekend in Nashville. But after a conversation with Mason on Tuesday, he was already convinced that Vanderbilt was the right fit.

“After receiving an offer today from Vnderbilt and then talking things over with my family I have decided to officially become a Vanderbilt Commodores.,” Canty said on Tuesday night.

With the pledge from Canty, Vanderbilt begins its reemergence after losing 12 commitments in just over a week since the departure of previous head coach James Franklin. Canty is currently the ninth verbal pledge in the 2014 class for a Vanderbilt class that sat at 20 commits just a week ago.

A 6-foot-4 wide receiver with good upfield speed and strength, Canty committed to Appalachian State back in June. He has since added offers from the likes of MTSU, Southern Miss, and more recently Minnesota, Boise State and Wake Forrest. He decommitted from Appalachian State on Sunday.

In Vanderbilt Canty found the offer he had been waiting on.

“I have been hoping for a Vandy offer for a while but now that I have it and I am committed it’s a dream come true,” he said.

Canty’s meeting with his future head coach on Tuesday was also a dream come true,

“I was told at school today that Vanderbitl was there to see me and I thought it was just an assistant but when I found out it was Coach Mason, I got real excited,” he said. “He offered me in person and told me he doesn’t care about stars by players name. He wants guys that work hard and fit his style and he believes I fit their profile exactly.”

In Vanderbilt Canty found everything he was looking for.

“Vanderbilt is a great place because of their combination of acaddmics and athletics and the ability to play againt high competition in the SEC is comething I have dreamed of doing,” he said. “Vanderbilt is a no brainer for me. It’s a place I wanted to be at and I am happy to now say that has become true for me.”

With his commitment to Vanderbilt and his belief in Mason, Canty expects this to be the end of his recruiting process.

"I think Coach Mason was the right hire and someone I believe in to do great things at Vandy," he said. "Missouri is coming after me but I don't think i will tkae that visit as I am done with my recruitment."

Currently Canty is ranked by the industry generated 247Sports Composite as a three-star prospect.

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