Vanderbilt brought in one of their top running back targets of the 2018 class in Winter Haven (FL) 3-star Ja'Veon Marlow last weekend and the Commodores left a big impression on the Central Florida back.
"I had a great time at Vanderbilt. It was easily one of the best times Iv'e had on a college campus yet. I felt really comfortable there and I loved the coaches. I could easily see myself attending school there," said Marlow.
The 2018 running back began his relationship with the Commodores coaching staff a little over two months ago. The two parties have remained in touch ever since and have building things up to last weekend's visit.
Marlow was so excited about wanting to see Vanderbilt that he arrived a day early. The Commodores held their Spring Showcase on Saturday morning, when most of the recruits were supposed to arrive but Marlow came to Nashville on Friday morning for a more one on one approach and it paid off for everyone involved.
"Me and a few other Florida prospects came early and I like that I did that. I was able to tour the campus and see a lot of educational buildings. I also saw the football facilities and those stood out a lot to me. I liked the whole set-up of their football facilities and their access to them all. The environment as a whole was great. I really enjoyed the quality time I got to spend with everyone on campus. I really got to learn a lot about the University but the football program as well. My eye's were opened a lot to Vanderbilt football," Marlow said.
Another big positive about Marlow's visit was his ability to spend personal interaction with Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason
"I really enjoyed all the coaches, especially Coach Mason," he said. "He is a really down to earth guy that really seems to care about his players. He is also about his business and appears to be putting in a lot of work trying to make his football team better. Very respectable man who was easy to talk to. The coaching staff really made me feel welcomed and I appreciated that."
The Commodores are a strong contender for Marlow but so are four other schools who appear to be after the Florida back just as hard as Vanderbilt.
"The schools talking to me the most and recruiting me the hardest right now are Vanderbilt, Nebraska, UCF and Oregon State.
While his visit to Vanderbilt might have pushed the Commodores closer to the top for Marlow, the 5'10 200 pound back wasn't ready to make a commitment. In fact, don't look for Marlow to make a final decision until late in process.
"Right now I am thinking about making my decision near signing day," he said. "I have a lot time to go in the process, so I am going to use all the time I need to make the best decision."
Vanderbilt might have to wait before they receive any good news from Marlow but last weekend's visit went a long way towards the Florida running back ending up with the Commodores.