Vanderbilt has put themselves in contention for JayVeon Cardwell by extending an early offer as the rest of the Power 5 conference schools continue to evaluate his talents.
Cardwell is a 6'0 170 pound corner back who has the size, athleticism and versatility to play high level college football and the Commodores jumped early with an offer because of those abilities. His potential at the next level was noticed by Vanderbilt and Cardwell feels blessed about receiving justification that his skills are worthy to play Southeastern Conference football.
"I was very surprised when I received the offer from Vanderbilt but it's an offer I wanted very much and one that makes this process all worth it," said Cardwell. "My dream is to play football on the biggest stage and I work everyday trying to reach my dream. When Vanderbilt offered, it made me believe even more in my abilities and I feel honored to have achieved the offer from them."
His talents on the football field wasn't the only reason why Vanderbilt was so interested in Cardwell. He is also strong inside the classroom and the combined work ethic in both areas, was too much for the Commodores to not take notice.
The 3-star corner back values his education, so that's why his interest in Vanderbilt is so high with plans to visit sometime this summer.
"Vanderbilt is a school I like very much, especially because they offer you an unbelievable opportunity at receiving an education like no other," he said. "I have followed their program for a few years now and they have improved a lot. Their status in the SEC is great but having their academics as well, is something you honestly can't beat."
"I have already been talking with my family about setting up a visit with them this summer. I would like to get up there sooner but my schedule doesn't work out for me to do so. It's easily one of my top schools and I'm looking forward to building a stronger relationship with their coaching staff."
Cardwell recently visited Baylor for their Jr Day event, while he also has idea's about seeing TCU, Texas Tech and a few others within the next several months.
Tulsa became the latest school earlier today and became Cardwell's 6th official offer. Besides the Commodores and the Golden Hurricanes, the Lone Star state defensive back also holds offers from Bowling Green, Texas State, UT-San Antonio and Texas Southern.