Parkview (Ga) wide receiver Miles Marshall has been in contact with Vanderbilt for a little bit over a month now and had been eagerly awaiting an offer from the Commodores.
Well the wait was over when earlier this week the 6'4 200 pound wideout picked up an official offer from Vanderbilt and he couldn't be more excited about landing his first SEC and power five offer but it also coming from the Commodores, who is a program that Marshall thinks quite highly about.
"This offer from Vanderbilt is one I have been wanting for a long time and I am very excited to finally have one from them" he said. "Vanderbilt really fits a lot of what I am looking for in a school. It's an offer I wanted for many reasons. Im glad to have it and excited to see where everything goes with them."
Marshall is an up and coming recruit who has seen an increase in his recruitment over the past several weeks.
He suffered an injury on the basketball court earlier this winter and that delayed his off-season training. Football schools remained interested even after the injury but it has definitely slowed things down and made schools do further evaluations.
Vanderbilt had begun their contact with Marshall even before his injury and stayed active since then. Marshall appreciated the constant contact from the staff and the personable family style that head coach Derek Mason and the rest of staff presented to him. That easy feeling with the coaches among other factors are why Marshall has the Commodores at the top of his list.
"Even before I started talking to the Vanderbilt coaches, their school was already a place I had a lot of interest in but after talking with staff over some time, I am even more interested in them now than I was before," said Marshall. "Coach Mason is really cool and so easy to talk to. Coach (Marc) Mattioli is awesome too. They are some great guys that seem very interested in you as a person and care about you as a human being."
"Vanderbilt is also a strong academic school that plays football in the SEC. That combination is almost perfect because I am looking to push myself in college both in the classroom and on the football field. Vanderbilt presents those challenges, so that's why I am very, very high on them."
So far in 2017, Marshall has yet to visit campus but has been to Vanderbilt multiple times in the past. The Peach State standout has attended a football game inside Vanderbilt stadium as well as camping with the Commodores.
He is quite familiar with the surroundings in Nashville but plans to make it back up sometime soon to become more acclimated with the facilities and academic buildings but also continue the relationship building with the Vanderbilt coaching staff.
"I've actually been to Vanderbilt several times, including attending two football games last season. I had the chance to see them compete and win against some good teams, so I can definitely see where the program is going. Every time I have been up there, I've enjoyed it each time. I already get a comfortable feeling there and I can't wait to come back again."
"I have talked with the coaches about coming up to visit but have yet to set anything in stone. I'm not close to making any decisions, so you will see me at Vanderbilt but that even happens. Vanderbilt is at the top of my list, so I plan to visit them again before I start thinking about committing."
Vanderbilt is Marshall's lone SEC and power five offer. The 3-star recruit also holds offer from App State, Arkansas St, Ball St, BYU, Coastal Carolina, Cornell, Furman, Georgia Southern, Georgia St, Navy, Samford, Toledo, Troy and Western Michigan.