Sumner Sr (Wa) linebacker Ben Wilson is a busy guy right now as he is finishing up his junior year of high school while competing through the middle of his baseball season. While juggling those two, he is also dealing with football recruiting, so you can bet his plate his quite full.
Even with being so busy, Wilson still found time to make the long trip from the state of Washington, all the way down to Tennessee to take in and see Vanderbilt University for the first time ever and according to him, the visit was well worth it.
"I had a great time at Vanderbilt. I was blown away by everything and I was surprised by the surroundings. The coaches were awesome, the campus is very nice and I just had an overall good time there. I would say the long trip was definitely worth my time," said Wilson.
It was the first time for Wilson to be at Vanderbilt as well as take in the city of Nashville. It was also an opportunity to see how life is like on the campus of Vanderbilt while also learning more about head coach Derek Mason and his Commodores football program.
"I would say the highlights for me on the visit were my interactions with the coaches, the facilities were great and I would say I just had a comfortable feel being in Nashville and on campus,," he said. "I am honored to have an offer from them and their hospitality while on my visit was awesome. Vanderbilt is a program moving forward under Coach Mason that seems to be making the right moves and I could get the sense of that while on my visit."
Th 4-star prospect has been a marked man on the Commodores target list for several months now. A visit to Nashville had been the works for some time but a hectic schedule pushed back the trip until last weekend.
Wilson has always kept an eye on his recruitment but other responsibilities carry more weight right now. He is an outstanding baseball prospect who really enjoys being on the diamond and he is all about enjoying the moment while not rushing anything. Vanderbilt coaches appreciate that attitude and honestly like prospects who play multiple sports.
The Commodores coaching staff immediately made Wilson a priority target the moment contact was established between the two parties. Vanderbilt linebackers coach Chris Marve is Wilson's main recruiting coach and the two guys have built a good relationship that grew even stronger last weekend on his visit to Nashville.
"Me and Coach Marve talk every week! He honestly contacts me every week and every time we talk, it's a great conversation. He is a great guy who honestly cares and treats me like a young man. It was awesome being able to hang out and talk with him in person. We talked about how I would fit into the school and where they see me fitting into their defense. We also just talked about life and that was cool. It was an easy feeling being around him and the other coaches. I'm sure I will have my weekly talk with Coach Marve again soon."
Vanderbilt is not the only power five program after Wilson. Oregon State became the latest school to offer the 4-star recruit this week and other programs like California, Louisville, TCU, UCLA, Utah, Washington State and more remain hot on his trail.
While the Commodores will have stay strong on their recruitment of Wilson, they did however position themselves as a contender while hosting the 4-star recruit on campus.
"I was very impressed with my visit to Vanderbilt and yes, they will remain in the thick of things for me going forward," he said. "I don't have any favorites right now but I would like to either make a commitment before the start of my senior season or narrow down my list to a certain group of schools. Vanderbilt is a program I like a lot, so I'm looking forward to continuing my relationship with them."