When Chicago De La Salle running back Mikale Wilbon announced his top five earlier this month, he was clear that Vanderbilt was at the top of that list.
This weekend the four-star back made another trip to Nashville to visit the campus, and it was then he decided to end his recruitment.
"My family and I did a tour and after the tour we talked to Coach [James] Franklin for about 30 minutes," Wilbon said. "I committed when he got done talking."
A commitment is a momentous occasion in any prospect's recruitment, but Wilbon may not have been prepared for how momentous it was for everyone involved.
"Coach Franklin jumped up so fast and hugged me," Wilbon said. "The whole coaching staff rushed through the door like they were listening for me to commit. My mom and dad were crying… it was a good time."
In earlier interviews, Wilbon had mentioned the level of personal recruitment he experienced with the Vanderbilt staff and how Franklin had made it a priority to recruit not just him, but his mother as well. This weekend he saw more about the program that convinced him he wanted to be a Commodore.
"They treated me like family… I liked that a lot," Wilbon said. "Coach Franklin is one of the best coaches in the country, and the SEC is the best, period."
As recently as last week Wilbon had expressed his desire to take all five of his official visits. That sentiment has changed in the wake of his pledge to the Commodores, however.
"I am done with the recruiting process," he said.