Former Vanderbilt offensive lineman Bailey Granier will complete his final year of eligibility at Tulane as a graduate student, a source within the program revealed Saturday.
Granier (6-foot-6, 316 pounds), a three-star recruit in 2014 out of South Lafourche High, announced he was leaving the Commodores earlier this week. He started five career games at right tackle, with three of them coming in 2015 and two this season. He also served as a key reserve at guard after redshirting in 2014.
Tulane returns all five starters and most of its top reserves on the offensive line, but guard Leeward Brown said recently he was leaving the team. He was relegated to a backup role this season after starting the opener and all 12 games in 2016.
In his tweet about not returning to Vanderbilt, Granier thanked coach Derek Mason “for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to attend and graduate from one of the best universities in the country,” adding it was a very tough decision. The Commodores finished 5-7 after starting 3-0, losing by 21 or more five times in that stretch.
Granier is the second graduate transfer along the offensive line to choose Tulane in as many years. Former Miami lineman Hunter Knighton joined the Green Wave this season, starting in place of injured center Junior Diaz against Memphis and playing in 10 games.
Knighton has another year of eligibility left if he chooses to use it.