Cardinal Gibbons (FL) safety Maxwell Worship had been waiting until March to finally get back up to Vanderbilt to visit campus and spend time with the coaching staff. The wait was worth it as the 3-star defensive back was able to spend personal, quality time with the coaches while also getting an in-depth look into the educational side of things at Vanderbilt.
It was a very informative visit for Worship as he learned much more about Vanderbilt University. His ability to speak with professors, see the entire football facilities while also having one on one time with the coaching staff, sold the 3-star on the Commodores even further.
"I had honestly an amazing time at Vanderbilt last weekend and I really was able to gain a greater perspective about their University," said Worship. "Vanderbilt is a special place that offers a lot when it comes to a future in life. I was able to see that when I toured the campus and the academic side of things. I know that I could receive a great education from Vandy and be set up for a great future."
"I also really liked being around the coaches and how much personal time they showed me. Coach Mason and Coach Mattioli are the coaches I have talked to the most throughout the process, so it was really nice getting the chance to sit down with both of them and talk. They entire staff made me feel wanted and needed. I know they like me a lot and the feeling is mutual."
Worship has history with Vanderbilt. He camped with them last summer and then returned in fall to attend a football game.
The coaching staff and Worship are very familiar with each other. After attending camp, Worship continued to see Vanderbilt come around Cardinal Gibbons high school when the staff recruited and eventually signed his teammates in Randall Haynie and James Bostic.
The relationship grew even stronger this past weekend and according to the 3-star safety, Vanderbilt positioned themselves as a major player in his recruitment.
"I have been high on Vanderbilt for a long time and my interest in them was built even more on my visit," said Worship. "I am very high on Vanderbilt and I love their coaching staff a lot and their education is something I like too. Vanderbilt is definitely at the top for me."
Vanderbilt was always seen as a contender for Worship and now could be viewed as a leader in some eye's. The Commodores however are not the only schools in pursuit of the Sunshine state defensive back.
Worship has visits set next month to Kentucky and Louisville and claims a multitude of schools that either are recruiting him the most or schools that Worship is interested in himself.
"Mid-April is when I think I'm going up to Kentucky and then over to Louisville. That's the only visits I have set-up as of now. I think I might attend a few camps this summer while possibly visiting some schools for a second time. I don't know yet about that because it's still early and I'm sorting through everything,"
"I would say the schools recruiting me the hardest would be Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Iowa and Rutgers. I'm also looking at and talking to Florida and Notre Dame. I don't really have a complete list of top schools right now but I would say those six are the most involved right now."
The Commodores may have to wait it out but they have positioned themselves well with Worship. They have the longest going relationship with the 3-star and will remain heavy on his trail throughout the process.