The state of Georgia has become one of the top recruiting areas in the country and Vanderbilt has been active in the Peach state, since head coach Derek Mason arrived on campus.
This past Wednesday, on the final day of spring practice, the Commodores hosted 2019 Milton (Ga) safety Joseph Charleston and a few of his high school teammates. Vanderbilt had their eyes on the sophomore defensive back for some time now and Charleston himself had been itching to see the Commodores campus and coaching staff in person.
Well the 6'2 190 pound athlete not only had the chance to see the campus and facilities but also headed back home with an official offer from the Vanderbilt Commodores.
"It is an absolute honor to receive my very first college offer but it's extra special that it came from Vanderbilt," said Charleston. "I had been wanting to visit Vanderbilt for some time now, so I'm glad I was able to finally get up there and see everything while also meeting the coaching staff in person. It was a great visit, so I was glad I could make it up and take everything in."
It was the first time for Charleston to see Vanderbilt in person. It was a visit that opened his eyes about the Commodores and an experience that sold him on Vanderbilt becoming a serious competitor in the Southeastern Conference.
"I was able to really sit down and talk with the coaches about where they envision their program going and how I could fit into those future plans. They are a very confident coaching staff that believes they are on the brink of greatness. I actually really liked their confidence in themselves. I also liked how they seemed to be honestly interested in me and just for my athletic abilities but me as a person. It was honestly an eye opening time for me at Vanderbilt and I can't wait to get back soon," said Charleston.
That second visit to campus could happen sooner than later for Charleston.
His older brother currently plays baseball at the University of Tennessee and the Volunteers will be in Nashville later this summer. The younger Charleston is planning to make a weekend of it by coming up with his family to take in the baseball series with his brother while also spending more time on campus with the Vanderbilt football coaching staff.
"While being on campus with Vanderbilt, I already started thinking about a second visit and that's when I thought about my brother. He plays baseball at Tennessee and know they are coming down to Nashville to play later this summer. I think that gives me a perfect opportunity to spend the weekend in Nashville visiting with my brother, seeing him play but also spending a lot of quality time on campus with Vanderbilt. That should be a great weekend for both me and my family."
Vanderbilt might have become the first school to offer Charleston but they surely won't be the last. The Milton high school standout is a very talented young man who offers a lot both on and off the field. His stock will only continue to rise, so it was probably a good move for the Commodores to jump the boat first with the offer.