Few prospects can claim a surge in the recruiting process like Kary Vincent, Jr. over the last month.
Ohio State opened the floodgates with an offer in early March. Michigan, Mississippi State, Florida, Penn State, Colorado and Texas A&M followed suit before the month ended.
Baylor, Michigan State, TCU and others had already been on the list. Needless to say, the four-star cornerback from Port Arthur, Texas, has had to adjust a little bit.
“It’s definitely been a blessing,” said Vincent, whose father played at Texas A&M. “I thank God for it every day. But I’ve adapted to it. It’s really exciting to know that schools like Notre Dame have high interest in me.”
Notre Dame added itself to the mix Thursday when defensive backs coach Todd Lyght asked the four-star cornerback to get in touch.
“I’ve been talking with coach Lyght for about a month or two now,” Vincent said. “He’s been trying to build a relationship with me, so we’ve just been talking. I hadn’t talked to him in about a week or so. (Thursday) he just told me to give him a call and said all the staff loved my film and then presented me with an offer.”
Lyght filled in the 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect some about the Irish program and his own resume, including NFL experience. Other members of the staff sat down to watch Vincent’s film recently, triggering an offer.
Vincent took note of some Lyght talking points over the last couple months.
“One thing is they’re not gonna offer you if they know you’re not interested,” Vincent said. “There’s no joking around with Notre Dame. They offer kids that they think fit in not only on the field but in the classroom. But also with coach Lyght and coach Kelly, with coach Lyght having been to the NFL, there’s great leadership there. There’s always a way out into the league if that’s your goal, which it is mine.”
Now with an offer in hand, Vincent hopes to take a look at Notre Dame in person with an unofficial visit sometime this summer. Ohio State, Florida and Ole Miss are some other programs he wants to visit.
TCU is scheduled to play host a week from Saturday. Vincent has already visited Baylor and Texas A&M.
Vincent envisions trimming down the list later this offseason.
“I’m nowhere near the end, I can honestly say,” Vincent said. “But I’ll definitely be narrowing it down to probably a top 10 around this summer, so I can have it narrowed down and do deeper research into the schools and figure out what I’m gonna do. I don’t plan to rush this process.”
When it comes to visits, Vincent plans to look past things like facilities and more towards relationships with coaches, plus their ability to develop players. Helping prospects get to the professional ranks is a key point.
“It’s super important,” Vincent said. “Obviously, I feel like if you can send guys to the league then you’re doing something right. It says you know what you’re doing. I would definitely wanna be under the wing of somebody that’s not a rookie but a (veteran) at grooming kids on and off the field and helping them pursue their goal, mine being becoming an NFL All-Pro cornerback.”