Four-star prospect Kedren Johnson had schools across the southeast recruiting him, and it is the Southeastern Conference where he will play his college basketball.
Vanderbilt put in the work early on Johnson, who is from nearby Lewisburg (Tenn.) Marshall County High School, and the Commodores were rewarded for their effort.
"The effort that the Vanderbilt coaching staff put into recruiting me is what separated them from the other schools," said Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound point guard. "Also the academics at Vanderbilt were a big factor. You have to look at what you are going to do after basketball."
Vanderbilt's belief in Johnson as a point guard was a key factor in beating out Alabama, Florida and Louisville to land him.
"Vanderbilt has always recruited me as a point guard," he said. "At first most schools were recruiting me as a combo guard and not so much as a point guard. By the end of the summer all of them were recruiting me as a point guard."
Johnson, who is the No. 75 ranked prospect in the Rivals150 and the No. 19 ranked point guard, said Florida was the school that came the closest to beating out Vanderbilt. He also noted the strong recruiting effort by Alabama down the stretch.
Johnson is Vanderbilt's first 2011 recruit.