La Salle's Shurmur commits to Vandy

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Kyle Shurmur, back to pass. (Elizabeth Robertson/Staff Photographer)

La Salle's Kyle Shurmur, a strong-armed junior quarterback, committed Friday to play at Vanderbilt after taking an unofficial visit this week to the school.

"So excited for my opportunity to play at Vanderbilt. Thanks to all the people that have helped me throughout," he tweeted Friday night.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder chose the Commodores over several other Division I schools, including Cincinnati, Illinois, Pittsburgh, and Temple.

"He was waiting to find the school he felt most comfortable with," La Salle coach Drew Gordon said. "Obviously, he was pleased with how things went at Vanderbilt."

Last season, in directing the Explorers to an 8-4 record, Shurmur threw for more than 2,400 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was an Inquirer second-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection.

Shurmur, the son of Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, came to La Salle after spending his first two years of high school at St. Edward (Ohio). He is a standout swimmer, too.

Shurmur also had scholarship offers from Buffalo, Central Florida, and Central Michigan.


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