Vanderbilt has been known for producing high quality linebackers over the years and they have their eyes on another prospect who could turn out to be star on the collegiate level.
Sumner Senior (Wa) linebacker Ben Wilson was targeted by the Commodores coaching staff early on and they have remained in constant contact with the West Coast 3-star recruit since.
Wilson is a very open minded young man who is not hand tied to playing his college ball out west and is willing to attend college somewhere different. He has kept his ears open to Vanderbilt and likes what he's heard thus far.
"This whole recruiting process can be hectic if you let it. For me, I am enjoying every second of it and doing my best to take in every piece of information I can. Choosing a college out of high school only happens once, so I am keeping an open mind to everybody and wanting to find the best fit for me. Vanderbilt is a school that has been on me a lot and has told me some good things about their school. I have done my own research as well and I like what I have seen. Them being in the south doesn't bother me because I am open to going to school where ever I feel is the best place for me," said Wilson.
The Washington state linebacker will get the chance to see Vanderbilt up close in person as he is set to unofficially visit next weekend.
"I am excited about coming down that way to visit and see what Vanderbilt is all about, with my own two eyes," Wilson said. "I really like the coaching staff and how they talk to me as a person. They keep telling me how much they want me down there, so I'm coming down to check things out and get a first hand experience of Nashville and Vanderbilt University."
Wilson is considered one of the top linebackers on the West Coast and one of the best inside linebackers in the entire country. Along with holding an offer from Vanderbilt, Wilson also holds offers and strong interest from the likes of California, Louisville, TCU, UCLA, Utah, Washington St and others.
Other programs are still evaluating Wilson but for Vanderbilt, they are completely sold on the 6'2 215 pound linebacker and looking to thrown everything at the 3-star recruit while on his visit to Nashville.
One big reason for Wilson's interest in the Commodores is his building relationship with Vanderbilt linebacker's coach Chris Marve. The former All-SEC linebacker at Vanderbilt officially offered Wilson back in February and the two parties have remained in touch since.
"I have a great relationship with Coach Marve and I really enjoy every time I talk with him. He is a great guy and he talks to me with respect as a student athlete and not just an athlete. Coach Marve played linebacker at Vanderbilt and he tells me it what the best decision he ever made. I think he has turned out quite well and if that is the kind of person that Vanderbilt churns out, that has me very interested in the. I am really looking forward to spending time with Coach Marve on my visit, as well as the rest of the coaching staff too."