Vance has LSU trip all squared away

Stacey Searels has been searching for a guy who could come in for spring practice and lend immediate help on the edge of the Tigers offensive line and it appears that he has the guy he wants in massive prep school offensive tackle Vince Vance.

Vince Vance, a 6-8, 310-pounder out of Georgia Military Academy in Milledgeville (Ga.), seems to fit the bill for what Searels and Les Miles want and need in an offensive tackle. He has great size and good athleticism for a big man, and he is slated to graduate in December.


Perhaps more important, though, is the fact that Vance red shirted his first year at Georgia Military so he could focus on his academics which means he has three years to play at the school he signs with.


Another big selling point that Vance has to offer is that he is very raw at the offensive tackle spot with only one year of experience under his belt. More than 10 schools recognized his potential and he has racked up close to 15 scholarship offers.


Out of all of those offers, Vance has whittled his list down considerably and is focusing on three at the moment with pending official visits set up to all three within the next month.


"I'm going to South Carolina (11/17) and Georgia (11/24) during my Thanksgiving break and then to LSU on Dec. 9," Vance told Tiger Rag.


When we caught up with the big Peach State product Tuesday night around 9 p.m., he said he had just gotten off the phone with LSU's offensive line coach about 30 minutes before.


While the conversation with Searels was along the same lines as the one he has with all of the other coaches recruiting him, Vance said that his talks with Searels go into a little more depth than just football and recruiting.


"We talked about the same old stuff that all of the coaches talk about like how they need me and stuff like that but we talk about a lot of other stuff," Vance explained. "He is getting to know me and my personality. We talk about life outside of football and the reasons he went to LSU when he could have coached at other schools."


Miles is also taking the time to get to know his big tackle target and that is something Vance is looking forward to doing in person when he visits LSU.


"I talked to him about a week ago and he sounds real cool," said Vance. "I haven't gotten to talk to him in person or nothing but he sounds like a good guy on the phone."


Growing up in SEC country, Vance said that is a big reason that the Tigers, Bulldogs and Gamecocks are all under strong consideration.


When he takes his official visit to each school he knows exactly what he will be looking for.


"I am going to look at the depth chart with each coach but I already know that I can get some early playing time at each school," he said. "I want to see how I fit in with the players and how I mesh with the coaching staff. They all have good programs but I will be looking to see what direction each one is headed in."


Does he have a certain feeling or vibe for which school he might end up at?


"All three of them are kind of right there together," he said. "They are all on a real level playing field."


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