Krause commits to Vanderbilt
South WR had offers from other SEC schools

Jonathan Krause never had a top list of college football programs he was considering.

But every time someone asked him that question one school kept popping in his mind - Vanderbilt.

The South Gwinnett senior put the questions to rest on Sunday when he committed to the Commodores after a weekend camp in Nashville, Tenn.

"The campus is amazing. The coaches, I mean, I like the whole staff," Krause said. "They play in the SEC. You get a degree from Vanderbilt and you can get a job anywhere. But the biggest thing is I'm going to a place where I know the coaches are going to take care of me."

Krause had offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, and Stanford. He was also interested in Florida and Alabama. But it was Vanderbilt, one of the first schools to recruit him as a sophomore, that was always on his mind.

"They just kind of stood out," said Krause, who maintains a 3.1 GPA. "I could have made this decision a while back. I never had a top list. Every time someone asked me that Vanderbilt was the first to pop in my mind and then I just threw out other schools."

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Krause had 665 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season as a junior. He led the county in receptions with 62, which is also a South Gwinnett single season record. He needs just seven catches to break the Comets' career mark. Krause, who runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash, is the first South Gwinnett commitment to a Division I BCS school since David Greene in 2000 to Georgia.

"I think he'll do well up there," South head coach John Small said. "He fits to what they do best with the no-huddle and can play a lot of different positions."

Krause is also a standout on the track. He was a state qualifier in the 400-meter and was a member of the Comets' record-setting 1,600-relay team that placed fourth at state.

Krause is the sixth Gwinnett County football player to make a commitment, joining Collins Hill's Charles Perkins (Georgia Tech), North Gwinnett's Ja'Wuan James (Alabama) and Austin Shepherd (Alabama) and Buford's Kolton Houston (Georgia) and Jessel Curry (Auburn). National Signing Day is Feb. 3.