Before hosting a large group of recruits for the Commodores Spring Showcase, Vanderbilt had a pair of Chaminade (Ca) teammates on campus for unofficial visits and according to Parks Gissinger, it was an unreal experience that opened his eyes about the University.
"This was my first time in Nashville and my first time seeing Vanderbilt University and I have to tell you that is was an amazing experience and a place that really opened my eyes. I loved every second of my visit to Vanderbilt and I'm excited about continuing my relationship with them," said Gissinger.
The Commodores extended an offer to Gissinger earlier this year after an evaluation of film and a more in depth look into the West Coast pass rusher.
Standing 6'4 235 lbs, Gissinger has the look and size for what the Commodores coaching staff is looking for. He fits the mold of a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt or stand up an rush the passer from the outside linebacker spot.
His role in the Commodores defense was greatly discussed by Gissinger and the Vanderbilt coaching staff. While on his visit, the 3-star recruit was able to talk about his placement in the Dores 3-4 defense and how much of a fit he is for not only the football program but the University as well.
"Me and the coaches got to talk for about 45 minutes or so and we talked about their 3-4 defense and how they envision me playing in the scheme," Gissinger said. "They had me excited about me playing there. They really laid out details about they would use me in the defense and how valued my pass rushing skills are. I like to get after the quarterback and they told me they need some guys with my exact talents."
"They also talked to me about how much of a fit I was with their university. I have to agree with them. Education is very important to me and Vanderbilt offers one of the best educational experiences that you can receive. They are also in the SEC and that is a top level football conference to play in. Vanderbilt has a lot to like about them and I will say I am liking them a lot."
While his interest in Vanderbilt may be strong, Gissinger isn't close to making any decisions. He plans to take several more visits before he even considers deciding on a school.
"I loved my time at Vanderbilt but I need to take more visits and go over some things before I'm ready to start thinking about a commitment," he said. "Committing to someone is a big decision ,so I want to make sure I do everything I can possible to make the best choice I can. I have a few more visits I am looking to take and I am still talking with coaches."
Besides his offer and interest from Vanderbilt, Gissinger also holds offers from Colorado St, Harvard, Kentucky, Michigan St, Nevada, San Diego St, Syracuse and Yale.
Gissinger is looking for a program that presents him a chance at earning a good education while playing big time football. Vanderbilt's main contenders could be Kentucky, Michigan St or Syracuse. The Orange are a particular team to watch for as Park's father attended Syracuse and the 3-star prospect has already taken a visit to campus.
The possibility of a return visit to Vanderbilt is probable for Gissinger. Look for more programs to come after the California product as his stock continues to rise.