Vinson Has Michigan Connection

New Orleans (La) Isidore Newman ATH Ronnie Vinson is one of the hottest prospects in the South, and Michigan is among those turning up the heat. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the talented youngster recently to get the latest on his recruitment including word on his leaderboard, decision timetable, the factors in his choice, and more. Could a family friend help the Wolverines in this race?

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Sam Webb:  Let's talk about your game now.  Imagine you're a scout and you're watching Ronnie Vinson do his thing on the field, break his game down for me.

Ronnie Vinson:  "I think I'm pretty good at making people miss in the open field on offense.  On defense, I'm always around the ball.  I fly around the ball pretty well.  I need to work on my quickness I think.  I want to get a little quicker to the ball and react to the ball a little better.  That's something I probably need to work on, but that's about it."

Sam Webb:  When and how did you hear about you're Michigan offer?

Ronnie Vinson:  "About a couple of weeks ago, I got a note from Coach Jackson, the running backs coach and it said call as soon as possible.  So I called him and he said that he really liked my film and he thinks that I could fit into their program.  So he offered me a scholarship."

Sam Webb:  Can you remember all of your offers off the top of your head?

Ronnie Vinson:  "Right now I got offers from Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Michigan, Ole Miss, University of Kentucky, Texas A&M, Colorado.  There are more"

Sam Webb:  Would you say you about 15 or so offers? Something like that?

Ronnie Vinson:  "Definitely."

Sam Webb:  What position are these schools recruiting you for?

Ronnie Vinson:  "Some of them say running back, some say corner, some say safety and some say he play a little bit both ways and return some kicks."

Sam Webb:  Do you have a preference?

Ronnie Vinson:  "I probably feel more comfortable playing defense, because that's where I've been playing most of my life.  My brother played college football and he showed me some technique."

Sam Webb:  Where did your brother player?

Ronnie Vinson:  "He played at Tennessee State."

Sam Webb:  So some of these schools are recruiting you for offense, some defense, and some at both.  What is Michigan saying to you about where they want you?

Ronnie Vinson:  "Coach Jackson said that I could play both ways, kind of like a Charles Woodson type.  Play a little corner and also play a little running back."

Sam Webb:  How do you feel about Michigan at this point?

Ronnie Vinson:  "It was actually a shock that I got the offer because I know that is a big time program, a lot of tradition.  They've won a lot of games in the Big Ten.  I've always been a big fan of Michigan.  They're definitely high on my list.  I was impressed they have one of the best business schools in the country.  So I've been a Michigan fan for a while, so they pretty high on my list."

Sam Webb:  You say you're a fan.  Do you have any connections to Michigan at all?  Do you know anyone that has gone there, teammates, friends of the family anything like that?

Ronnie Vinson:  "There was an offensive tackle, and I think he just left, Adam Kraus."

Sam Webb:  Yeah Adam just graduated last year as a matter of fact.

Ronnie Vinson:  "Yeah he played Little League baseball with my brother.  I know his family pretty well.  They live pretty close to me."

Sam Webb:  You got all these offers from schools in the south, including LSU.  As a guy with so many options down close to home, is distance from home going to be a factor for you?  Is a school like Michigan going to have a shot compared some of the schools closer to your home?

Ronnie Vinson:  "Location isn't a big factor for me.  I know my family will come see me anywhere I play. Location really is not a big factor."

Sam Webb:  So your mom is okay with you going far away (laughing)?

Ronnie Vinson:  "I mean, yeah.  She just wants me to get out of the house and get out on my own and see the rest of the world."

Sam Webb:  Let's assume for the sake of argument that you getting ready to sit down and make that choice, what are going to be the most significant factors?

Ronnie Vinson:  "How comfortable I am with the coaches and the relationship that I have with them.  Just a nice family atmosphere.  A place where I can live and feel comfortable and good academics."

Sam Webb:  Do you have a favorite on your list at this point?

Ronnie Vinson:  "Actually I don't have any favorites right now.  Hopefully I'll narrow my list down before the summertime comes."

Sam Webb:  Are you going to camp anywhere, or are you going to wait until the fall to take visits?

Ronnie Vinson:  "I think I'm going to wait until the fall to take visits.  Actually I've already decided to go to the USC Rising Star camp and UCLA's camp, and either LSU or Alabama camp."

Sam Webb:  You've got that itinerary down, but how about your decision timetable?  Do you have a timeline for when you would like to make your choice?

Ronnie Vinson:  "I'm just trying to take it one step at a time.  I don't want to rush anything.  I don't want to overlook anything, so I probably just take my time and take a good hard look at everything."

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