It was a long road for Cardinal Gibbons (FL) safety Maxwell Worship throughout his recruitment but there was always one school that stood out among all and yesterday the 3-star recruit made things official when he gave his commitment to the Vanderbilt Commodores.
For a long time, Vanderbilt had been seen as the school to beat for Worship but he needed to go through the process, listening to others and formulating his own feelings for which school he saw himself being at.
After taking several visits over the spring and summer, in the end it was always Vanderbilt as the school for him, so he decided to not waste anymore time and jump on board with the Dynamite18 recruiting class.
"Vanderbilt is totally the true definition of what it means to be a student-athlete," said Worship. "I choose Vanderbilt because of my relationship with the staff and the ability to play football in the SEC and become a great player while having the ability and capability to do anything academically. That truly is a great concept to think about and eventually reach for. Vanderbilt really offered me everything I was looking for in a college experience and I knew it was time to finally lock down my spot with them."
The Commodores and Worship built a relationship with each other beginning last summer when the South Florida safety camped in Nashville. Ever since then, Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason and coaching staff made Worship a priority target for their 2018 recruiting class and continued to pursue him, even though other schools pushed throughout his recruitment.
Worship took his time with his recruitment, visiting several schools and taking in all the information he needed to but it was always Vanderbilt as the first school to jump to the front of his mind and he just felt like it was the right time to finally announce his decision.
"I thought deeply about it. I prayed about it and communicated with my parents and coaches as well as other family members when it came time to commit. Since the very first time I came on campus, I loved everything about Vanderbilt. After take some visits to other places, I never got the same feeling I did when I was at Vanderbilt. After seeing what was going on with the Dynamite18, I just felt like I needed to be a part of it. I am headed on a 10 day mission trip soon, so I wanted to announce my commitment before I headed off for that and I knew all along in my heart that Vanderbilt was the best fit for me, so I stopped everything and decided to jump on board with the Commodores," Worship said.
Earning a high level education while playing big time football in the Southeastern were major selling points for Vanderbilt but it was also personal relationships with the coaching staff and current players on the Vanderbilt roster that sold Worship on the Commodores.
"Coach Mason and Coach Mattioli were big factors in choosing Vanderbilt. I really like both coaches a lot and they made me feel wanted and needed there. Having teammates in Randall Haynie and James Bostic were also big factors as well. They just kept telling me how awesome it was there and I felt the same way when I was on campus. I just felt like the environment there was so welcoming and that I belonged at Vanderbilt. I don't think I could of made a better choice for me and my future."
Worship's commitment gave the Commodores 13 total commits thus far and the second safety committed in their 2018 recruiting class. He ended up choosing the Commodores over offers from Kentucky and North Carolina.
The 3-star recruit plans to be back on campus this fall to take in a game here in Nashville and also plans to take his official visit with Vanderbilt sometime in either December or January.