DANVILLE — The downtime for Trent Sherfield can now start.
At least when it comes to his college destination.
Joking earlier this week about the busy schedule he’s had since becoming a Division I football prospect, the Class of 2014 recruit from Danville put an end to his recruitment on Thursday, giving Vanderbilt a verbal commitment.
The Commodores extended an offer to the defensive back, who doubles as the Vikings’ starting quarterback, in mid-June when he took part in a Vanderbilt camp in Nashville, Tenn.
He didn’t wait long to make his decision.
“I’m blessed to announce that I’ll be committing to Vanderbilt University! #AnchorDown,” Sherfield tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
Sherfield said Monday he’d likely give Vanderbilt, coming off a 9-4 season, the program’s best record in nearly a century, a commitment this weekend on his third visit to campus.
Sherfield, who compiled 55 tackles last fall for the Vikings, did not play defense in the final three games for Danville in 2012 after sustaining a shoulder injury.
Strong showings at several camps this spring, however, have helped out the athletic Sherfield (6 feet, 1 inch, 184 pounds).
Aside from the Vanderbilt offer, Sherfield had offers from Illinois, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Purdue.
He is the first Danville player to commit to a Division I program since Justin March did the same to Akron two years ago. March will enter his junior season at Akron this fall.
Sherfield, regarded as a three-star recruit by several recruiting services, is another Illinois prep player Vanderbilt coach James Franklin has poached since taking control of the Commodores program in 2011.
Franklin secured two commitments in the Class of 2013, defensive back Jalen Banks from Harvey Thornton and tight end Nathan Marcus from Glenbard West, and one in the Class of 2011, offensive lineman Jake Bernstein from Crystal Lake South.
Sherfield is the second Illinois prep player in the Class of 2014 for the Commodores, joining Chicago De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon.