Lewisburg, Miss.--Although he is just a sophomore in high school, talented athlete Hakeem Vance was one of the top performers at Sunday’s Atlanta Opening Regional and is a name to remember at the defensive back position because of his combination of size, speed and athleticism.
Measuring in at 6-1 1/2, 190 pounds, Vance ran a 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and posted a vertical leap of 34 1/2 inches. Those numbers placed him 16th overall out of nearly 500 participants on Sunday.
Already with an early offer from Central Arkansas, Vance is getting plenty of interest from bigger schools already. One of those is Mississippi State, where older brother Kareem Vance played. Along with Memphis and Stanford, which comes because of a perfect 4.0 GPA, Vance is also hearing from the Auburn Tigers.
Invited to a game by Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton, Vance said getting to the Plains and seeing Jordan-Hare Stadium was a game-changer for him.
“I just like the atmosphere of it,” Vance said. “I have just always liked it.”
Planning to camp at Auburn over the summer, Vance said he’s looking forward to learning more about the program and the coaching staff on his trip.
“I had interest before in Auburn,” he said of his thoughts prior to his visit. “The visit just took it to another level.”