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?
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?
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."