Pound for pound, few players were more impressive than South Johnston’s Hakeem Vinson at the Shrine Bowl combine held in Apex earlier this year. Measuring in at 6-3, 232 pounds, Vinson ran 40-yard dashes of 4.53 and 4.54-seconds. He also logged a solid 4.56-second pro shuttle, 32-inch vertical jump and 15 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press. Those numbers established the rising senior as one of the most physically impressive players in the state for the class of 2009.
After that solid workout, Vinson was invited to the combine held at Burlington Williams this past weekend- a key stop for those with hopes of making the Shrine Bowl squad later in the year. Once again, Vinson impressed in individual drills. His frame and size immediately jump out at you and he shows solid athleticism, quickness and agility.
That potential combined with a solid junior season in which he collected six sacks, 15 pass deflections and a 70-yard fumble return for a touchdown en route to all conference honors has landed him on the radar of several schools.
To date, Maryland, NC State, UNC and Wake Forest have been involved with the Terps and Pack showing the most interest. However, Vinson says he has one school at the top of his list.
“Right now, on top would be NC State,” he said. “I like the environment there and especially the coaching staff. I haven’t been there for a game yet but I have been able to visit twice. The first time I went was with a friend because his mother is a professor at State. She toured us around the school and let us meet some of the coaches and players.”
Vinson is undecided on camps this summer but, with the help from his coach, will be making several stops including NC State. Should he have his academics in order, Vinson could easily emerge as one of the state’s top prospects for the class of 2009.