North Clayton's Kindle Vildor became the 13th member of Georgia Southern's 2016 football recruiting class Friday. (File)

PREP FOOTBALL: North Clayton DB Kindle Vildor commits to Georgia Southern

North Clayton's Kindle Vildor became the 13th member of Georgia Southern's 2016 football recruiting class Friday. (File)

North Clayton’s Kindle Vildor became the 13th member of Georgia Southern’s 2016 football recruiting class Friday. (File)

By Gabriel Stovall
gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com

COLLEGE PARK, Ga. — One word describes North Clayton defensive back Kindle Vildor’s college commitment.

GATA.

That’s one of Georgia Southern’s most recognizable rallying cries, and Vildor will apparently hear about four years worth of it, as the rising senior took to Twitter to publicly commit to the reigning Sun Belt Conference champions from Statesboro.

The high two-star corner has exploded onto the recruiting season during the spring and summer, garnering all 15 of his current offers over the last three months. Part of his success has to do with a strong junior year where Vildor had three picks and 12 pass breakups for North Clayton.

But maybe more so, it was his impressive cache of summer accomplishments that included defensive MVP honors during the Cam Newton 7-on-7 tournament in Atlanta this past June, and his inclusion on Newton’s Southeast Region all-star squad that competed in Florida.

Vildor chose Georgia Southern over such schools as Troy, Miami-Ohio Jacksonville State and Wyoming. On Thursday he gave a rundown of his top six and all the reasons why he liked each of his upper echelon schools.

The 5-foot-11, 161 pound South Metro Atlanta product said Georgia Southern’s current upward trajectory as Division I football darling played a part in his putting them at the top of his list.

“You’d love to go to a program that is already established and already has a good tradition for football,” Vildor said. “The fact that they came within one point from beating North Carolina State and three points from beating Georgia Tech last year lets you know they can compete with anybody in the nation.”

The Eagles finished 9-3 and a perfect 8-0 in their first Division I and Sun Belt Conference season, claiming the conference championship. Due to a NCAA rule that prevents first year Football Bowl Subdivision teams from playing in bowls, Southern was not kept from postseason play.

Georgia Southern’s rich Football Champsionship Subdivision (FCS) tradition includes six FCS (formerly Div. I-AA) titles.

Vildor is the 13th commitment to Georgia Southern’s 2016 recruiting class, and the first from the four-county Southern Crescent area.

Stay tuned to thecrescentbuzz.com for more on Vildor’s future at Georgia Southern.

In the meantime, you Georgia Southern football aficionados may want to take a peak at Vildor’s junior year highlight reel.

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