Recruiting can be a grueling process for recruits as they often find college coaches, family, friends, and the media picking and pulling as much information as possible from them in an effort to get the inside scoop on where their prized prospect is headed.
One would think an early commitment would solve the problem, but as in the case of Ronnie Vinson, committing in June was no solution as people were still trying to persuade the Isidore Newman High School product to reconsider.
After over six months of having given his verbal pledge to LSU, Vinson, however, weathered the storm and in his words cannot wait to sign his name on the dotted line with the purple and gold.
“I’m still 100% with LSU,” Vinson confirmed. “I know they’ve been having some coaching changes lately, but I feel very comfortable with Coach Chavis, Coach Cooper, and Coach Miles. Actually, I have a really good relationship with coach [Frank] Wilson. He was recruiting me while he was at Tennessee and now that he is at LSU we have picked up where we left off. He’s from Louisiana which makes it even easier for us to relate to one another.”
Vinson says that the constant contact with the staff is one reason that he never considered any other schools after he made his decision, and in a couple of weeks he hopes to get a better feel for what being a Tiger is all about.
“I’ve kept in touch with all of the coaches since I committed,” Vinson added. “And I plan on taking an official visit to LSU on Jan. 23 and that will be the only official visit I am going to take. I want to go hang out with the players and see what goes on during school. I want to kind of live like a player for a weekend.”
Vinson, a four-Star prospect and the 25th ranked safety in the country, was living like an All-American last weekend as he was invited to participate in the O-D All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Vinson spent all of his time at running back and safety the last three years at Newman and he closed his career on offense out with 1,145 yards and 14 touchdowns on 138 carries and 20 receptions for 211 yards and four scores as a senior. He also added 49 tackles, broke up three passes, and returned a fumble 108 yards for a touchdown.
The transition to corner last week was relatively smooth for Vinson and he says it gave him a glimpse of what the future will look like as he embarks on a position change when he gets to LSU.
“It was a great experience,” Vinson stated. “I got to compete with some of the best players in the country. I think I did well and it was great for me to go against the best because I’m sure I’ll be facing guys similar to those in the SEC.
“Now I know I just have to keep working hard to become the best player I can be. I have to work on my technique and my footwork since it’s a lot different at corner and now it’s time to get ready for LSU.”