Brookwood (Ga) athlete Kendall Williamson received an offer from Vanderbilt earlier this year but had never met head coach Derek Mason in person. Well on his visit to campus last weekend, he was able to not only see Coach Mason but have an extensive conversation with him that helped the 3-star recruit see Vanderbilt University in a greater light.
"I have talked with Coach Mason a few times and some other coaches but never met the head coach in person. I was able to on my visit and it was honestly a great time talking with him. He sold me on Vanderbilt and not just their football. He talked to me about life, about my future and how much of a fit I would be in his program. He got me fired up. He was intense and I liked that. I can see how he is making that program better and he really made me feel like I was wanted there," said Williamson.
Vanderbilt is pursuing Williamson for the defensive side of the ball. Many schools are recruiting the 3-star prospect as a two way guy who could play receiver but the Commodores like him at corner back and believe his future is best suited at that position.
Williamson got a first hand conversation with Vanderbilt defensive backs coach Marc Mattioli while on his visit and was able to see where the Commodores want him in their 3-4 defensive scheme.
"I had a good time sitting down and watching film with Coach Mattioli. He talked to me about my potential at corner back and how I would fit into their backfield. He said he likes my size and aggressiveness on the outside and thinks the best is yet to come for me. It was really encouraging talking with me about my talents and how I could flourish under him at Vanderbilt."
Besides having the good conversations with the coaching staff, Williamson was also able to tour the campus and see the facilities.
"The layout of the campus was very nice and it honestly surprised me," he said. "I liked how everything looked as it had a comfortable feeling to it. The facilities were awesome too. I loved the weight room. I thought that was very nice and I honestly wanted to pull off a few reps while in there. Everything I saw was very impressive and I liked how I felt when touring everything."
Williamson had a really good time at Vanderbilt and the Commodores will remain a strong contender going forward but the Peach State athlete is not ready to narrow his list down as he has several other visits to take this summer.
He hasn't scheduled anything yet but does plan to stay on the visit trail over the next two months but does have hopes to make a commitment before the start of senior season.
"I am not ready to name a Top five or anything but I like Vanderbilt a lot and I plan to stay in touch with them going forward," Williamson said. "I have a few visits I plan to take but I don't have them set just yet. I want to be able to visit everyone I am interested in, so I can figure out where the best place for me. I would like to make my commitment before my senior year, so I don't have to deal with the stress of committing to someone. I think after I take the visits I want to, I will be ready to make my decision."
The Commodores will stay at the top of Williamson's mind until he appears set to commit. He appears very receptive to the idea of playing corner back, more so than receiver. Vanderbilt wants him there and it could end up being a perfect fit for both parties.
Offers: Air Force, App State, Arkansas St, Ball St, Dartmouth, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, Iowa St, Louisville, Michigan St, Miss State, Navy, North Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Western Kentucky.