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Road Trip: Vanderbilt commit to visit Georgia

10:57 p.m. Thursday, September 4, 2008

Greater Atlanta Christian senior middle linebacker Blake Southerland, who committed to Vanderbilt in July, will be part of the 92,000 plus on-hand when Georgia hosts Central Michigan on Saturday. Southerland, who also attended the Dogs’ home opener against Georgia Southern last weekend, learned months ago he won’t be offered a spot on Georgia’s roster in 2009. But that hasn’t prevented the younger brother of Georgia fullback Brannan Southerland from soaking up the sights and sounds of Sanford Stadium as a recruit. “[Georgia coaches] told me the week before spring practice that they weren’t going to offer,” said Southerland, who is listed as the 73rd-best inside linebacker in the nation by “At first, I was upset. But the more I thought about it, I realized I’d be able to get a fresh start and make a name for myself. “Now, I can’t wait to experience everything at Vanderbilt. I can’t be happier than I am now.” It took just two visits to Vanderbilt for the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Southerland to realize he was prepared to call Nashville home for the next four years. “It’s not really one thing, it’s just everything in general. I love the place,” said Southerland a member of the AJC’s The Georgia Top 150. “It’s small, but it has a big-time SEC feel about it.” Southerland plans to attend Vanderbilt’s games against Auburn and Tennessee this fall.


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