At this years combine, Tigers coach Tony Perry decided to showcase one of his top players for the recruiting class of 2007, defensive back Courtney Viney. He is fast - his 40-yard-dash time of 4.6 notwithstanding as the events were run into the wind (adding approximately 0.2 seconds to everyone's 40 times), and he was the top West Coast defensive back, according to the Scout.com analysts. "Viney used his body and his quickness to break up pass attempts all day long," was the report after the combine.
GoBlueWolverine.com has seen Viney on several occasions - in summer passing league tournaments, and during the 2005 season. His speed and coverage ability is not in question. Reporting offers from Nebraska, Arizona, and Cal, the one thing that many schools may be waiting on is to see if 5-foot-9, 155-pound Viney grows. "He just turned 16," Perry said. "His dad is 6-foot-3, so he will grow." On his combine profile, Viney listed the schools that have offered, along with UCLA and Washington State, as his favorites.
Perry said Michigan defensive backs coach Ron English, who recruited Sears, is taking a hard look at Viney. "He's just waiting to see if he gets bigger," Perry said. Michigan fans will recall a similar circumstance regarding current Michigan defensive back Chris Richards. When GBW first observed Richards and the Nike Camp in San Diego, he was also of dimunutive stature. However, he has grown and become a fierce player, according to those in the know.
As a sophomore, Viney was named to the First-Team All County/Metro Athletic Conference squad. Perry reports Viney has a 4.2-second shuttle, and a 32-inch vertical leap at the combine. "He'll be attending more combines for sure this summer," Perry said.
2006 U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine