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Vanderbilt lands important target

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Prior to the start of the weekend, we wrote about how important a target Damian Jones is for Vanderbilt.
A 6-foot-9 big man from Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville, Jones burst onto the scene last spring and summer and became a huge target of Kevin Stallings and his staff because of his combination of ability and academics.
After visiting Oklahoma a week ago, the four-star prospect had begun to entertain initial interest from places like Duke and Kansas.
But, the Commodores put their best foot forward over the weekend while entertaining the No. 79 player in the class of 2013 and got the job done as Jones confirmed to Rivals.com that he committed during his visit.
"I had to do it before anybody else does it," Jones told Rivals.com. "I just like the players and coaches the campus and the city of Nashville is really nice."
Fluid and athletic, Jones runs the floor swiftly, attacks rebounds with both hands above the rim and plays with a good motor. He explodes quickly to the rim, has good touch out to 12 feet and his body type should easily allow him to add at least another 20 pounds or so of muscle in a college weight room.
"I can score in the post,' said Jones. "Plus I block shots and get rebounds.
Most importantly, his commitment gives Vandy the true low post presence as a shot blocker, rebounder and scorer that they've been looking for over the past couple of recruiting classes.
Jones is the first member of the Commodores 2013 recruiting class and said that he plans to major in electrical engineering.
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