"My knowledge of the game.."

Vinnie Sunseri definitely has knowledge of the game with a father who coaches linebackers at the University of Alabama. "He possesses tremendous quickness and speed." The Tide signee is featured.


Vinnie Sunseri
Scout.com Rating: Three-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 28 Middle Linebacker
Size: 6-foot 205-pounds
Hometown: Northridge High School Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Projected Position: Linebacker/Safety

Stats: Sunseri finished his senior season with 144 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. He was named the Class 6A Lineman of the Year. Sunseri recorded 109 tackles in 2009 with 15 tackles for loss, five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries at Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, N.C. He earned the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year award in the state of North Carolina and Conference Player of the Year.

Commit Date: 6/12/2010
Recruiting Competition: Louisville, Memphis, Pittsburgh

Why Alabama: "The SEC is the best conference in college football. I want to prove myself against the best. I have a great opportunity to be coached by my dad. I can learn from the best to make me the best. The chance to play for Alabama is a dream come true. I love everything about Alabama. I love their fans. I love the support they have for the team. I love the stadium. I love the tradition. I just love everything about it."
Strengths/Improvements: "My knowledge for the game is my biggest strength. I feel like my speed is another strength. I have got a lot faster since my sophomore year. It has helped me out a lot. I would like to improve my strength. I would also like to increase my weight and get thicker."

Coach Quotes (Head Coach Michael Smith): "Alabama sees him as a hybrid safety/outside linebacker. In our first game against Walker County he had 16 tackles. He shows excellent instincts in having the ability to see the play happening and knowing where to be to make a play on the ball.

"When he committed to Alabama the interest in Vinnie was really starting to stir. There were many schools ready to offer, but when he committed they kind of gave up with his father being a coach there.

"He has family at both Alabama and Pittsburgh. He decided that balanced it out, so it wasn't the deciding factor in his decision. He wanted to concentrate which he felt was the better program. While Pitt has a fine program, they're not Alabama, not coming off a National Championship. Vinnie wanted to be a part of that and to play in the SEC.

"There is no reason Vinnie should be anything less than a 4-star rated player. He possesses tremendous quickness and speed. He's got a great motor and is continuously running during the play. He also has terrific hands. As a tackler, when he hits you, you're going down.

"Vinne's a very likeable, personable guy. He interacts well with people. You'd never think he was a star player when you talk to him. In the classroom he's a straight-A student."

Richard Stover contributed to this report.

Andrew Bone says: Sunseri is one of the best underersized players in the country. He has excellent knowledge of the game. His mind is like a sponge soaking in everything. He does a great job reading plays and flies to the football. He performs well in pass coverage and has good hands. He is a sideline-to-sideline player who is very physical. Sunseri may end up as a safety, but he is a natural at linebacker. He understands the position very well. He enrolled at Alabama in January and will participate in spring practice. He needs to continue to build his strength and add weight while maitaining his speed.
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