Whitehaven corner Rayshad Williams made the short trip from Memphis up to Nashville for Vanderbilt’s junior day yesterday. The 6-foot-4 defensive back was impressed with Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason, and he already has plans to return to West End this summer.
“It went really good. I liked everything about it. I like Vanderbilt’s coaches. I really like the facilities and the weight program. I really enjoyed getting to meet the head coach Derek Mason. I also enjoyed getting to learn about the academics there,” said Williams.
“Vanderbilt is recruiting me as a corner and safety. I like that they like bigger corners. I definitely take that a plus for college coaches that are recruiting me. I definitely like that Vanderbilt likes that.”
The 6-foot-4 and 180-pound defensive back enjoyed his time with Derek Mason and defensive backs coach Marc Mattioli.
“It was real impressive getting to hear (Coach Mason) talk just knowing that he had coached Richard Sherman and my positions. He coaches his own defensive backs. The way he talked about Vanderbilt and the degree here really caught my attention,” said Williams.
“(Coach Mattioli) knows alot. He showed me some film of practice and how that translates into the game. He showed us film, and I think he is a really good defensive backs coach.”
After the visit, Williams said that he has a few schools standing out in the recruiting process. The Commodores impressed him enough to mentioned in the top group.
“I have a few top schools right now. Vanderbilt is definitely one along with Tennessee and Virginia Tech,” said Williams.
Williams will continue to visit schools across the south, and he plans to make another trip to Vanderbilt this summer.
“I am planning on going to Virginia and Virginia Tech. Then, I am planning to go to Arkansas and Auburn this spring,” said Williams.
“I plan to visit Vanderbilt again this summer. I want to watch some more practice, and I want to get on the field with Coach Mattioli. I plan on camping there. I just haven’t set a date yet, bu they are going to be sending me that information.”