Three more teams in the mix for Vinson

Ronnie Vinson has had a busy couple of weeks, highlighted by offers from three of the most storied programs in college football in just two days time. This weekend Vinson and his family will take to Baton Rouge for the second time on the year, this time to catch the Tigers at spring practice.

Newman High's Ronnie Vinson is getting attention from some of the biggest schools in the south, holding early offers both LSU and Texas A&M, among others.


Last week, Vinson took that list to the next level.


"Alabama offered me, and then the next day I got offers from Michigan and USC," he said. "It felt really good, and hopefully things can keep rolling for me with some more offers down the road. Still, I am happy with where I am at."


The word from the Tide came after interest began brewing at Alabama's Junior Day.


"Alabama offered me right after I went up for the junior day visit," Vinson said. "That weekend, I met with [running backs] coach Burns, and he said that he loved my film and that he was going to pass it to the rest of the coaching staff.


"He called me a few days after I got back home and put me on the line with coach Saban, and that is when I got offered. It was a great feeling, because they were one of the schools I have been big on since the start of my recruitment."


While Burns coaches the running backs for the Tide, his role as the New Orleans recruiting coach has him going after one of the south's most touted defensive back prospects.


Of course, Burns is making an argument to keep the Newman-standout on the offensive side of the ball in Tuscaloosa.


"The staff at Alabama likes me on both sides of the ball, and they let me know I could play any position that I wanted," Vinson said. "Coach Burns wants me at running back, but coach Saban said that he likes me in the defensive backfield because of the amount of players they are losing after next season, so he said that I could play there if I want."


The USC staff, which has Ken Norton Jr. spearheading Vinson's recruitment, have also been the six-foot, 180-pound athlete since the start. With an offer now in hand, the Trojans chances with Vinson have increased in a big way.


"I had been talking a lot more with the coaches from USC over the last couple of weeks, so I had a feeling something might come later in the year," he said. "Coach Norton said he saw my film earlier this month and liked what he saw, but I think he wanted to build a relationship with me before offering. Now that we are close, I guess the time was right."


The word from the Wolverines was to follow, capping off the junior's wild two days in surprising fashion.


"Michigan had just started sending letters not too long ago, so the offer came as a big shock," Vinson said. "Right before they offered I had gotten some handwritten stuff from the coaches saying that they liked my film.


"There was a note on the last one to call the staff as soon as I could, because they wanted to talk about some things," added Vinson. "I called coach Jackson, and he said that they thought I could play both ways. They like me at receiver and defensive back, so the schools that are recruiting me are kind of separating by the positions that they are offering me at."


LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper, who is recruiting Vinson solely on defense, will have the junior and his family alongside him next Saturday as the Tigers take to their first weekend of spring practice.


"I will be up there with my parents, so I am looking forward to that," he said. "I want to give them a chance to build on their relationship with coach Miles, just so that they can get closer to him and everything. We are going to check up with coach Cooper too, and Eric Reid will be there as well."


Vinson said that he plans on returning to the Tigers' camp this summer and could possibly take in the spring game this April.


"I am still not sure how the spring and summer is going to go with all of the places I want to get to, so I am going to sit down soon and plan it all out," he said. "I know that this summer I want to spend at least a day or two at the LSU camp, a day at the Alabama camp, and then look to fly out to USC for the Rising Stars camp."


Hitting double digits on his offer list with the recent wave of interest, Vinson said that he remains open moving forward.


"I still would like to hear from Tennessee and Florida State, because those were two of my favorite schools growing up," he said. "Georgia as well, but they have not contacted me in a while. They had been sending lots of letters and contacting my coach a good bit before I sent them my highlight film, but they hadn't gotten with me since."


With the opportunity to go to either side of the ball in college presenting itself, the future is bright for the Newman star.


"I am pretty much playing running back and strong safety now, but I think I will play corner in college if I stick to defense," Vinson said. "I still don't know what I want to do, but I know I will pick one and probably just have to stay on that side of the ball. Coaches like [Houston] Nutt at Ole Miss tell me that they wouldn't have me out there if the ball wasn't in my hands though, so it will be a lot to think about."


Vinson wrapped up his 2008 campaign with over 800 yards rushing, over 450 yards receiving and 15 total scores. He also earned First Team All State honors with his 72 stops from the safety position.


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