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Vandy loses 2013 QB signee… to the Ivy League

James Franklin AP

Thanks to their high academic standing, Vanderbilt has long been referred to as the Ivy League of the SEC.

Today, the Commodores are on the wrong end of some surprising news involving the real Ivy League.

In a press release, California quarterback Chad Kanoff announced that he has decided to enroll at Princeton this fall instead of Vanderbilt. Kanoff had been a verbal commitment to Vandy since early last year and signed his National Letter of Intent with the Commodores last month.

Other than Princeton being a better fit, Kanoff gave no reason for his unexpected decision.

“Vanderbilt is a great school, with a strong football program, and a terrific coaching staff, and I’m grateful for the opportunity that was offered to me,” Kanoff said in a statement released through his Pacific Palisades high school. “However, after thoroughly thinking it through, I believe that Princeton is the best fit for me as a student-athlete.”

In his own statement, Kanoff’s high school coach, Scot Ruggles, said that he “cannot speculate on his decision to attend Princeton” but wishes him “all the best in his future as a student-athlete.”

Vanderbilt has yet to comment on Kanoff’s departure.

Kanoff was rated as a three-star prospect by, and, while gave him four stars. Rivals had Kanoff listed as the No. 29 pro-style quarterback in the country.

Kanoff, who also held scholarship offers from San Diego State and Syracuse among others, was the lower-rated of two quarterbacks signed by James Franklin and his coaching staff in February. Georgia high schooler Johnny McCrary was a four-star member of Vandy’s 2013 class, rated as the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the nation.

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6 Responses to “Vandy loses 2013 QB signee… to the Ivy League”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Mar 16, 2013 7:19 PM

    Vandy is a great school, but depending on what the guy wants to actually do when he “grows up”, how can you really say much about this decision?

  2. mianfr says: Mar 16, 2013 11:38 PM

    Good for him, but coming from Pacific Palisades I bet he was a little bit more intrigued about career opportunities outside of football… (Stephen Spielberg, and a bunch of other very wealthy, non-football-playing people live there, for reference.)

  3. scoops1 says: Mar 17, 2013 8:24 AM

    I actually know the reason. He is going to Princeton because his girlfriend is going there. She was set to go to ND but since her parents are moving to jersey she opted for Princeton. Now he is following her there

  4. thegamecocker says: Mar 17, 2013 11:26 AM

    Isn’t it great to have all these options! The kid obviously worked hard in the classroom as well as the football field. Vandy will be fine but this young man made the correct decision IMO. We live 10 miles outside of Princeton and while it is not Nashville, it is an hour away from NYC and Philadelphia. Princeton is a great place to go to school….it’s a smaller version of Ann Arbor, but in a better place relative to metro areas. Weather not as bad in NJ compared to Ann Arbor. Best of luck to the kid. As the saying goes, “money follows money”.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Mar 18, 2013 2:42 PM

    Vandy had nothing to say? Lmao I bet Franklin said plenty about this!

  6. woebegong says: Mar 18, 2013 4:42 PM

    At least they didn’t lose him to a football power in their own conference. The kid is actually thinking about his future beyond just playing football, in other words, the kid has some smarts.
    I am sure it upsets Franklin but overall, I think it was a wise decision on the kids part, and shows him to be pretty mature. It sounds like he picked the best situation for his education, contingent on what he wants to major in. Possibly, Vanderbilt didn’t offer his major.

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