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Vanderbilt Lands Verbal Commitment From 2013 Forward Damian Jones

On Sunday, Vanderbilt landed their first prospect from the class of 2013, gaining the verbal commitment of 6-foot-10 forward Damian Jones.

Jones, who hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, spent his time on the AAU circuit running with the Texas Titans. In addition to Jones, the AAU program also boasts one of the top talents within the class of 2013, Julius Randle. While Randle remains undecided for the time being, the Titans also have Duke commit Matt Jones on their roster.

While the talent level was aplenty for the Titans this summer, Jones broke into his own mold, garnering interest from a number of high-major programs.

Well, Jones has now ended his recruitment with his decision to commit to the Commodores.

The power forward made his decision following a visit to the Nashville-based campus, choosing Vanderbilt over a number of SEC schools, including hometown LSU.

Heading into this season, the Commodores will be young, having lost first-round draft picks John Jenkins and Jeffrey Taylor this past off-season. Head coach Kevin Stallings‘ squad finished 25-11 last season before bowing out to Wisconsin in the Round of 32.

Vanderbilt faces the daunting task of replacing so many weapons from the 2011-12 season, but given the fact that their roster features no seniors this upcoming season, Jones will likely be joining a very veteran-laden team once he’s on campus.

ESPN lists Jones at No. 72 overall within the class of 2013, while Rivals pins him at No. 79. Jones currently attends Scotlandville Magnet H.S. (LA).

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