Sherfield leaning toward Vanderbilt
Trent Sherfield plans to have a few days of downtime in July.
But not many, the Danville (Ill.) quarterback/defensive back said.
“Maybe two days,” the Class of 2014 prospect said with a laugh.
Sherfield — who has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois, Purdue and Vanderbilt — has spent the past few months hitting the summer football camp circuit along with visiting colleges.
His next visit might turn into his most important one.
Sherfield said he plans to visit Vanderbilt on July 6.
It will mark his third trip to the Nashville, Tenn., campus.
This one might prove more significant than his previous ones.
Back in May, Sherfield said he would wait until after Danville’s football season ends in either late October or November to decide on a college. It seems those plans have accelerated.
“We probably will bump it up to probably most likely after I visit Vanderbilt,” Sherfield said. “My mom went with me on one of my visits and liked it. My step-dad is going with us this weekend. If he likes it, I’ll probably commit there.”
Illinois offered Sherfield on May 4 after a solid showing at a Rivals.com camp in suburban Chicago.
Since then, Purdue and Vanderbilt extended offers.
Sherfield (6 feet, 1 inch, 184 pounds) lists Vanderbilt, Purdue and Illinois in his top three.
All three schools want him to play defensive back.
Sherfield is fine in focusing his talents solely on the defensive side of the ball in college.
He’d likely line up at either a free safety or strong safety spot.
“I want to play defensive back,” Sherfield said. “I think I have a better shot of pursuing my dream there. My long-term goal is to just go to the NFL. I’m a tall kid. Teams like tall defensive backs.”
Sherfield said he stays in contact frequently with Illinois defensive line coach Greg Colby (his lead recruiter) and Illinois defensive coordinator Tim Banks.
“I talk to them nearly every day,” Sherfield said. “It’s really important to have strong communication. If we don’t talk, I guess they’re not interested in recruiting me.”
Sherfield said the appeal of playing in the Southeastern Conference is a key component in why he might end up at Vanderbilt.
Even if the Commodores — who made national news on Monday after four players were kicked off the team this weekend amid a sex crimes investigation — are 44-77 in the last 10 seasons and have only three bowl appearances in that time span.
Then again, this isn’t the Vanderbilt your older sibling might have become accustomed to.
The Commodores finished 9-4 last season in head coach James Franklin’s second season and beat North Carolina State 38-24 in the Music City Bowl.
It was Vanderbilt’s best record since the private school went 9-1 in 1915.
“That’s the main thing,” Sherfield said. “I don’t want to be a part of something that’s already built. I want to be part of something that’s on its way to being built.”