During NC State’s camp this past summer few prospects were more impressive or displayed more pure potential than Mt Zion’s Hakeem Vinson. At 6-3, 235 pounds, he was a blur coming off the edge in one on one drills and consistently beat the tackle across from him. Although his frame would suggest defensive end, Vinson has been timed as low as 4.53-seconds in the 40-yard dash and a shot at linebacker wouldn’t appear to be out of the question.
NC State has long held the lead for Vinson but academics have been the lone hurdle throughout the recruiting year. However, the Pack has been steadfast in their loyalty and brought Vinson in this past weekend for an official visit. He told Pack Pride that he thoroughly enjoyed his time in Raleigh.
“My visit went real good,” said Vinson. “I hung out with Javon Walker and he was my host. I got to hang out with the players and we went to the Carolina game. Before that I had talked to coach O’Brien and we just talked about my situation and what we’re going to do. Everybody just wants me to finish strong in school. I may end up going to Hargrave but I think it just depends on how strong I finish this year.”
In addition to his performance at the Wolfpack’s camp, Vinson was also recognized as one of the top performers at Virginia Tech’s summer camp with several other schools keeping a close eye on his progress as well. However, for the time being it appears NC State has set the bar when a final decision finally comes for Vinson.
“I’ve always liked State,” he said. “I don’t see myself looking into any other schools right now. I don’t think anything will happen for me to change. At the beginning my focus was on seeing what big schools would like me but the Wolfpack is my top choice right now.”
From this point forward the ball will be in Vinson’s court as he works towards qualifying for admittance into college. The Wolfpack coaching staff has made it clear that an offer is still on the table for when that day arrives.
“Coach O’Brien told me my offer was still there. I talked to coach Swepson and coach Willis and they just encouraged me to finish up strong and the offer would stand. All three of them are good guys and good coaches.”