Vanderbilt has been hot on the trail for Brentwood Academy (TN) athlete Gavin Schoenwald for quite some time now and yesterday's visit to campus might have gone a long way towards the Commodores landing the local 4-star prospect.
Schoenwald decided to head over to Vanderbilt on Monday morning to take in a complete campus tour while also taking things in with a pair of Commodore targets from the Northeast Region.
"Both Allan and Dan are great guys and it was honestly an awesome time being able to see Vanderbilt's campus and facilities along side them," he said. "Allan of course is selling me on Vanderbilt and I don't blame him. Vanderbilt is a great place and having both of those guys with me on the visit, made everything even better."
The visit in general was set in motion not too long ago by Schoenwald and the Commodores. Reason why Monday was the date for his visit was because Schoenwald wanted to get a real in depth, personal visit to campus without having to share the attention with several other recruits.
The Brentwood native wanted the opportunity to see the other side of Vanderbilt. He has been around the football program plenty but wanted a more in depth look at the campus and academic side of things.
"I have always seen the athletic side of things at Vanderbilt but never really got to see the entire campus and learn more about their academics," said Schoenwald. "I just wanted to see all of Vanderbilt. I want to be able to see everything a college has to offer before I make any decisions. I mean if I am really considering going to a certain, then I need see all they have to offer. This visit was very personalized for me and I appreciate that a whole lot. Honestly, it was an overall great visit that really taught me a lot about Vanderbilt University."
The Commodores are recruiting Schoenwald as an athlete with the possibility of him becoming a tight end in the collegiate ranks.
The 6'5 222 pound prospect played tight end last year as a junior but will take over the reigns at quarterback as a senior for his Brentwood Academy Eagles football team.
He is very excited about playing under center this fall but admits to be open minded to play another position once he joins a college football program.
"I am a very open minded person who just really wants to play football. Would I love to play quarterback, yes but if I have to move to another position to be on the field, I am willing to do that. Vanderbilt is recruiting me as a simple athlete who can come in and prove what abilities I have. I am good with that and I respect their opinions. I worry about what my future on the playing field will be once I get to college but right now, I am focused on being the best quarterback I can be and take my team to another state title." Schoenwald said.
The campus visit for Schoenwald told him a lot about the University but his conversation with Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason furthered his interest in the Commodores.
"After I was finished with the campus tour, me and my dad sat down with Coach Mason for a long conversation and I can tell you, I truly believe he is the right man for the job. I believe in Coach Mason and what he is doing there. I think he is building the program the right way and I respect that a ton. He is one of the most intellectual guys I have ever met. Vanderbilt is very lucky to have him and I could easily see myself playing for him."
"Vanderbilt will always be up there for me. It's here in Nashville and I love this city. They have academics and that is important to me. Their football program is being built greatly and being lead by a great coaching staff. No matter who recruits me, Vanderbilt will always remain a top contender."
The Commodores have placed themselves as a team to watch out for in Schoenwald's recruitment but he is nowhere close to making a decision and wants to be extra sure before he does make a final commitment.
"To be honest with you, I really have no idea when I will make a commitment," he said. "The last thing I want to do is commit somewhere and then eventually de-commit. If I de-commit, my word becomes devalued and I don't want that. Once a program stands out to me above the rest, I will make my decision and will be 100% committed to my school."
Schoenwald didn't talk too much about other schools recruiting him. Vanderbilt is among his top group but other schools strong after him include Tennessee, Duke, Kentucky, Ole Miss, South Carolina and others.