Interest Heating Up Fast for CB Prospect

An in-state cornerback prospect has picked up five offers and many more colleges are showing interest.

Prattville, Ala.--An outstanding performance at a football prospects camp has prompted colleges to take a closer look at cornerback Laronji Vason.

With five recent scholarship offers and the possibility of more on the way, college coaches like what they are seeing from the class of 2012 prospect at Prattville High School.

Vason and his teammates wrapped up spring practice last week with a jamboree scrimmage vs. Davidson High out of Mobile. "It went pretty good," Vason says. "We didn't get much action in the secondary, but when it was our time to make plays I feel like we did what we had to do."

"We have a real good secondary coming back," Vason points out, something that Prattville High head coach Jamey DuBose agrees with, noting that every first string player in the secondary has at least one Division I scholarship offer.

"Laronji is a corner who has really caught fire in the combine world and in the second half of last season," DuBose points out. "He posted some good times and has done good work in one-on-ones. He is a kid with a lot talent.

"I don't think he is anywhere near where he is going to end up," DuBose notes. "I think he is just playing the best football he has been playing and is going to get better and better over time. I think he is a kid who is going to be hotter and hotter as the year goes along. He has already gained a lot more interest in the last few months with coaches coming in to check on him."

The new offers are from Southern Miss, Memphis, Arkansas State, Florida International and Northern Illinois.

Vason was named the Most Valuable Player at a recent MVP Camp that featured prospects from across the Southeast. His coverage skills in the event were exceptional. Nobody could get open when going one-on-one with the 5-10, 178-pounder, who runs a 4.45 40-yard dash.

"Doing well at that camp gave me a lot of confidence," says Vason, who notes that he hasn't decided where he will go on the camp circuit over the summer.

Laronji Vason is shown in Prattville's spring jamboree game vs. Davidson.

Prattville returns nine starters on defense and nine on offense. The team has high expectations for making a run at the Class 6A state title and Vason says he is looking forward to his senior season.

Asked if he has any individual goals, the cornerback says, "I have got a couple. I want to make more tackles and more interceptions than I did last year and I want to lead the secondary in both of those areas."

Vason and the Lions will be challenged immediately in their opener as they take on Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas from Fort Lauderdale. "I am looking forward to it," Vason says. "It is a really big game coming up. I don't know a lot about them, but I have heard they are fast team out of Florida."

DuBose notes that Vason is a good person off the field, the type of player he enjoys coaching. Vason, who has been clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash, also plays basketball at Prattville and plans to run track next year as a senior.


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