Vital Data: Although he hasn't played football in over a year, Vincent provided a lasting impression on Nick Saban in 1999 when he played for Neshaminy High School near Philadelphia. Saban wound up at LSU later that year and Vincent went on to Valley Forge Military Academy. Coach Mike Muscella featured him as a running back in 2000 at the pre school, and he rushed for 458 yards and four touchdowns on 67 carries. Vincent sat out football in 2001 in order to get his academic standing in order, and Saban kept track of him.
Tiger Rag's take: Vincent will be back on defense with LSU, lining up with the safeties. The loss of Ryan Clark and Lionel Thomas creates an opportunity for a newcomer, and it will be interesting to see how a one-year layoff from football and being two years removed from high school will affect Vincent. Physically, he appears suited for the college game.
The Scoop: It's been widely reported that Vincent is the cousin of Philadelphia Eagles all-pro safety Troy Vincent. Back when Chris was being recruited out of high school, he attracted attention and offers from most of the schools in the Big Ten.