Johnathan McCrary shocked the college football world Friday when he made a commitment to Vanderbilt University.
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound junior quarterback from Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Ga.)
had offers from such powers as Georgia, Alabama, Florida and Ohio State after completing 69 percent of his passes last fall for 2,643 yards and 27 touchdowns. He threw only nine interceptions.
His father, former NFL tight end Greg McCray, told the Atlanta Journal & Constitution, "Johnathan thrives on competition. He knows Vanderbilt doesn't have the same football tradition as some of the other schools that were recruiting him. But he said before he leaves Vanderbilt, he wants to make an impact. He wants to play against an Alabama or Georgia and make an impact."
He added that Vanderbilt coach James Franklin "couldn't believe it. I mean, he couldn't believe it. He was excited."