Vanderbilt became the first power five conference school to officially offer Steele (Tx) corner back JayVeon Cardwell back in January and ever since, the two parties have built a strong relationship that grew even more this past weekend.
Cardwell and his parents made the trip from the Lone Star state up to Nashville as a preferred invite for the Commodores 2nd Junior Day event as well as Vanderbilt's 2017 Spring Showcase.
The Cardwell family made their way into town on Friday and did not leave until Sunday morning. They were able to spend an entire weekend in Nashville, taking in the sights and sounds while also spending quality time on campus. The whole experience was something that blew away Cardwell in many ways and it opened his eyes to how special of a place Vanderbilt University really is.
"Vanderbilt was the best experience and best visit I have been on yet," said Cardwell. "I absolutely loved every second of my visit. There wasn't one thing I didn't like and I easily see myself being there. Vanderbilt is a special place and felt comfortable being on campus around everyone as well as being in Nashville. It's a great city that offers a lot of possibilities. I was honestly blown away by my time at Vanderbilt and I can't wait to come back again."
The city and campus were not the only things that peaked Cardwell's interest about Vanderbilt. He also really enjoyed his time talking with Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and the rest of the Commodores coaching staff.
"The biggest thing that I liked about my visit was my time and conversation with Coach Mason. He really made me feel wanted and acted like I was already a part of the program. He talked to me about my fit in the program and my fit on defense. He said he really envisioned me being a lock down corner on defense and really liked my work ethic. I really respected his thoughts about me and it got me even more excited about his vision. Coach (Marc) Mattioli was awesome as well. He has been recruiting me for a while now and it was great to finally meet him in person. Overall, my talks with the coaches really sold me on Vanderbilt even more and I can easily see why their program is on the rise," Cardwell said.
The visit to Vanderbilt went very well for Cardwell but was he ready to claim the Commodores as his leader?
The 3-star recruit didn't place the word favorite next to Vanderbilt but in so many ways, he pointed out how the Southeastern Conference program was the one school sticking out to him more than anybody else.
"I'm not officially saying Vanderbilt is my favorite but I don't know if anyone else is going to be able to beat out the visit I had with them," he said. "My visit to Vanderbilt was honestly 100% the best visit I have ever been on. I am wanting to find a place that offers a great education but also plays big time football and Vanderbilt offers exactly that. I do know me and my parents have a lot of thinking to do in the very near future."
Cardwell has the size (6'0 175) along with length wanted by college coaches. Along with the offer from Vanderbilt, the San Antonio area prospect also holds offers from Arkansas St, Bowling Green, Colorado St, Duke, La Monroe, UMass, New Mexico, SMU, Texas Southern, Texas St and Tulsa. He is also receiving interest from Baylor, Northwestern, Texas Tech, Wake Forest and a few others.
A time frame for a commitment was not stated by Cardwell but look for the cover corner to make a decision before the end of the summer.