A source close to former Missouri quarterback Marvin Zanders tells Gridiron Now that Zanders expects to continue his college football career at Vanderbilt. Zanders initially decided to attend Virginia after graduating from Missouri, but decided Nashville – where he has family – is a better fit than Charlottesville.
Vanderbilt coaches remained in contact with Zanders even after he announced in January he would be playing for the Cavaliers. The source says that while Zanders was hoping to keep his initial commitment to Virginia, his greater comfort level with living in Nashville proved too much to overcome.
Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall announced Friday that Zanders would not be enrolling there.
Zanders graduated from Missouri in just over two years. After receiving his full release from the Tigers, he will be immediately eligible and has two years of eligibility remaining.
While Zanders still must be accepted into Vanderbilt’s graduate school, the source says no one anticipates there being any trouble with his enrollment.
Zanders redshirted at Mizzou in 2014 and saw scant duty in 2015 and ’16. He was rated a three-star “athlete” out of high school at Jacksonville Raines. Zanders has said he’d like to remain at quarterback as opposed to switching positions.
Vanderbilt returns starting quarterback Kyle Shurmur, who came on toward the end of the 2016 season. Shurmur is a pro-style quarterback, and Zanders would offer a change of pace and a running threat.
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