Maxwell Worship (Photo by Corey Bender)

Dores offer a big one for South Florida defensive back

Cardinal Gibbons (FL) safety Maxwell Worship camped with Vanderbilt last summer and has two teammates signed to the Commodores from the 2017 recruiting class. Worship has been on the Dores radar for quite some time and now that he has an offer in hand, Vanderbilt has positioned themselves as a serious contender.

Vanderbilt football has become quite familiar with Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

The Commodores signed corner back Randall Haynie and wide receiver James Bostic to their 2017 recruiting class and now they have focused in on their 2018 teammate, safety Maxwell Worship.

The 6'2 188 pound defensive back has a small history with the Commodores. Worship camped with the Dores last summer and has remained in contact with the coaching staff over the past year. 

Earlier this week, Worship landed an official offer from Vanderbilt and it's an offer he has wanted and waited on for quite some time. 

"I have been following Vanderbilt even before I camped with them last year. I really enjoyed being coached by their staff when I was there and it's a school that interests me because of their academics. SEC football is great but an education can take you further. Iv'e always wanted an offer from Vanderbilt, so I am glad it's finally arrived," he said.

Vanderbilt became the 2nd SEC school to offer Worship behind the Kentucky Wildcats. 

The South Florida 3-star is now up to a total of two offers but is receiving steady interest from several others. 

"Vanderbilt and Kentucky are recruiting me the hardest but I'm also receiving interest from Miami, Syracuse, Southern Miss, South Florida and some lite talk from a few others," said Worship.

The Commodores next chance to see Worship in person will be next month on the 25th when the Cardinal Gibbons standout visits Nashville for Vanderbilt's 2nd Junior Day event. 

"The coaching staff invited me up for their junior day and I accepted," he said. "I scheduled the 25th for myself, so I am excited about getting back up there, seeing the staff and getting to know the team and the rest of the recruits."

It's still very early in the recruiting process,so offers will continue to flow in Worship's direction.

There is no timetable on a decision right now but according to Worship, the Commodores will remain inside his top five, regardless of what happens in his recruitment. 

"Vanderbilt is a top five school for me. It doesn't matter who offers or shows interest. Vanderbilt will always remain in my top group. I already feel comfortable with their coaches and I like their surroundings. They provide exactly what I'm looking for in a school. Academics and high level competition is what I want and Vanderbilt gives me that," he said.

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