After a couple of tense, tear-filled days agonizing with his family over which college to select on National Signing Day, Josh Grady consulted a couple of outside sources.
Among them, his Fletcher Avenue-based barber and an Armwood teacher. Their advice: Remove emotion from the equation and consider the cold facts.
As a result, the prolific Hawks QB signed Wednesday with Vanderbilt after nearly deciding to wait another day or two.
"At some point or another, I committed myself to USF, Wake Forest, Iowa State," said Grady, who also visited those three schools. "But at the end of the day, you have to understand that this is not a four- to five-year commitment. At the end of the day it's a 40- to 50-year commitment."
The son of two USF alumni, Grady said the combination of playing for an SEC program and potentially earning an Ivy League-type education were the overriding factors. The Commodores, he said, will give him an opportunity at quarterback.
"Emotionally, I wanted to stay at home -- USF," Grady said.
"Emotionally, I wanted to go to Wake Forest -- ACC football, everything like that. Emotionally, I wanted to go Iowa State simply because they wanted me at quarterback. But at the end of the day, you have to go with facts."
Joining Grady at the Signing Day table Wednesday were Hawks OL Kevin Williams (Bethune-Cookman), DE David Tinsley (Delaware) and OLB Harvellio Buie (New Mexico). Buie, the youngest of Barbara Buie's 12 kids, is the sixth of his siblings to go to college.