Introducing the 2004 Class: Adam Vincent

Many Phoenix area prospects have aspirations of playing for the hometown Arizona State Sun Devils. Linebacker Adam Vincent was one of those players. There may have been a time when he thought his dreams would never be fulfilled, but his patience and timing obviously came to fruition. Vincent talked to DevilsDigest about his recruiting journey, what it means to play close to home, and his experiences as a member of the state's 5A championship team.

For Adam Vincent, the Phoenix Metro Football Magazine and Arizona Republic first-team all-defense selection, there always has been a clear-cut favorite school. "I always wanted to stay close to home and play for ASU," he said. "A lot of my friends and family already go to the games, and me playing there will make it easier for them to watch me." While the Sun Devils always showed interest, the former Hamilton standout saw several schools offer him a scholarship prior to the Sun Devils. "Washington was the first school to offer me," recalled Vincent. "Washington State, Colorado State, Oregon, Boise State and other schools offered me before ASU did."

The 2003 PrepStar All-Region selection naturally felt slighted by ASU, and negative thoughts started to enter his mind. However, now that he looks back he doesn't think much about the process, but rather on the pleasing end result. "There was a time where I felt that I didn't want to go to ASU," he commented. "But I was just saying that without really meaning it. I was just waiting and hoping for that ASU scholarship offer to come. I guess I was disappointed about that (laughs). Sometimes schools wait and see if you can prove yourself. That's what happened with me, and it worked out all right. I guess it was meant to be."

Even though he ended up exactly where he wanted to be, the ASU freshman to-be looked back at the recruiting process as a mixed bag of goods. "It's stressful and fun at the same time," Vincent noted. "It's nice to have all your schools coming after you and wanting to play for them. But the thing about recruiting is that you never know what will happen, and you always have to keep your options open."

Keeping true to the spirit of his words, the linebacker was a rarity in that he didn't take even one official visit before December, when Hamilton wrapped up its championship 2003 season. "I was gonna wait until my season ended to take my visits," he said. "I was playing baseball and I was just really busy. I guess back then I didn't know if I was gonna take my visits or play baseball." Once Vincent took his lone visit, the pieces fell into place rather quickly. "ASU was my first visit. They offered me a few days after the visit ended, and I accepted right when they offered me."

Vincent lettered three years in football, and ended last year as Hamilton's leading tackler with 146 stops, along with 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 quarterback sacks, one interception, and three fumble recoveries. He also paced the team in defensive points scored. The linebacker is currently the school's all-time leading tackler with 355 and also holds the school record for career tackles for loss with 25.5. Not only did he win a 5A football championship, but he helped capture the state's 5A baseball championship as well.

"Playing on championship teams prepares you for the next level because you're used to be in pressure games," he explained. "That a place that I've been to and some haven't, so that's the advantage that I have. It was awesome to win championships in both football and baseball. But now I got to start all over (smile)." Vincent added that he probably doesn't see himself playing baseball for the maroon and gold. "I'm glad I ended it (baseball) when it did (smile). That's not what I want to do. I guess I could play if I had extra time, but if I don't it won't bother me. I'm concentrating on football now."

Speaking of winning championships, needless to say that the thrilling triple overtime victory over Mesa Mountain View, is one that Vincent will never forget. He shared with us his memories from that contest. "It's like the game lasted four years," he recalled, "because every year of those four we were so close to winning it. We always expected to be in the finals, but we never did win the championship game until last year."

"Those three overtimes in the championship game did feel like four years (smile)," Vincent continued. "When I played the first overtime, I didn't know how tired I was mentally and physically. The adrenalin kicked in, and I didn't even remember what happened in the game until I watched the tape. I didn't feel drained until I got home after the game."

Luckily for the linebacker, he'll be embarking on his ASU career with two of his former high school teammates - Myrio Davis and David Smith. "I think having those guys on the team makes it even easier of transition," explained Vincent. "You know those guys, and you don't feel uncomfortable. You don't feel lost because they're lost with you."

These days Vincent is participating in the school's summer bridge program. "I like it a lot," he said of the program. "It's a lot work because you're cramming a whole semester in five weeks. I'm taking math, English, and a course to get your familiar with college. I don't know if the classes are tougher than high school, but you definitely have a lot more work because it's only a five week semester."

Prior the bridge program, Vincent has been participating in the team's off-season conditioning program. "Workouts are tough, but when I worked with Ernest (Jones, his personal trainer) it was pretty much the same drills. It's a bonding experience for the team. But I just kinda keep quiet and do what they tell me to do (smile)."

Vincent isn't concerned whether he will redshirt his freshman year or play. ("I want to do what's best for the team. If I'm not ready I'm not ready"). He does however realize that when he does play he'll have a lot of fans at Sun Devil stadium watching his every move. That in itself can be rewarding and stressful at the same time. "It can be added pressure," he said. "I see people around my neighborhood, and they're all asking me ‘are you gonna start this year?' They just don't understand how it works. But the good thing is that when you do play well, you have a lot of people you know in the stands watching you. When that happens it will be worth it." Adam Vincent surely knows all about the reward that awaits one at the end of a long and patient journey…

Recruit Profile


Adam Vincent

High School

Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.)







Date of Birth



Mesa, AZ


"Didn't have one."

Favorite TV Show

"Beyond the Glory."

Favorite Movie


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Favorite Drink


Favorite Athlete

"Brian Urlacher."

Favorite Pro Team

"I don't have one."

Person you most admire

"Ernest Jones. He was my personal trainer in high school. He really turned things around for me. Before I trained with him, I didn't know if I was gonna continue to play football. He helped me prepare mentally and physically to play the game."

First Football Memory

"I don't have one specific early memory. Football has always been part of my life."

One Thing most people don't know about me

"I don't have one. People know everything about me (smile)."

Why did you choose ASU?

"That's the school I was closest to, and grew up watching. I always wanted to go to there."

Where do you want to be in ten years?

"In the NFL. If that doesn't work out I just want to be successful in whatever business I choose."

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