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Briarwood standout Tran-Reno commits to Vanderbilt

Brant Berry | PrepsNet

Birmingham, AL – Briarwood Christian standout JR Tran-Reno has made his college choice.  

The 2019 senior announced Tuesday evening that he is heading to the SEC to play for Derek Mason’s Vanderbilt Commodores.   

Before anything, I wouldn’t be in this situation today if it weren’t for God’s grace and guidance.  All glory goes to Him, I would like to thank my parents and grandparents for all the time they have invested in me and for having my back from day one.  Next, I can’t thank the numerous coaches enough that got me to where I am today, especially Coach Will, Coach Watley, Big Sam, Coach Thomas, Coach Kerley, Coach Johnny and Coach Yancey.  I would also like to thank my friends and teammates for always being there for me through thick and thin.  Lastly, I’d like to thank the many coaches that recruited me during this process.  With all that being said, I’m excited to announce my commitment to to Vanderbilt University!!  Thank you Coach Mason and coach Ludwig for believing in me!  I can’t wait to be a Commodore! 

The 6’1, 205 pound athlete currently holds offers from over 20 Division I programs including Vanderbilt, Memphis, Air Force, Army, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard and Louisville, Yale, UAB and others.  

Tran-Reno helped lead Briarwood to an unbeaten regular season in 2017 and a trip to the AHSAA 5A title game, falling to 17-14 to state champion St. Paul’s in Bryant-Denny Stadium.  He pilled up 1,696 total yards (1,030 rushing, 543 receiving, 123 passing) including 28 touchdowns as a junior in 2017.  

The three-star standout will begin his senior campaign August 31st, on the road, at rival Chelsea High School.