Vanderbilt’s recruiting efforts suffered a blow Monday night.
The Commodores’ only 2017 commit, three-star running back Lamont Atkins from Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.) High School, announced his de-commitment from Vanderbilt via Twitter late Monday.
“This has been heavy on my mind over the past few weeks but I know I’m not 100% sure about my commitment to Vanderbilt University,” Atkins tweeted. “Therefore, I have decided to de-commit from Vanderbilt University and reopen my recruitment. I just need some time to think through with a clear mind.
“I sincerely hope the Vanderbilt coaching staff and entire Commodore family can understand my decision. I’m truly thankful for the way I was accepted into your family and I will forever be grateful for the time Coach Mason and the entire staff has invested in me throughout my recruitment.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder had been committed to Vanderbilt since Nov. 2015, and holds eight reported offers from Virginia, Maryland and Yale, among others.
The Commodores will now need to start from square one with their Class of 2017 recruitment after signing 20 prospects in last year’s cycle, including three-star running back Jamauri Wakefield from Jacksonville, Fla.
Atkins was rated as the No. 19 all-purpose back in the Class of 2017 and the No. 23 player in the state of Virginia, per 247Sports’ composite rankings.