Sooners Land JuCo Lineman

Jeff Vinson contemplated some other schools in the recruiting process, but like his friend and former teammate Mike Balogun he decided that Norman, Okla., was the best fit all-around fit.

Mammoth offensive lineman Jeff Vinson from Lackawanna C.C. in Pa., did not make a quick final decision.

Despite being blown away by what he saw in Norman while he was on his official visit he still took the time to make sure that the feeling he had was genuine.

He even took an official visit to Rutgers University, which was much closer to home, but in the end he felt that the OU program had the most to offer a player in his position.

The Sooners will graduate five offensive linemen, and starting junior tackle Trent Williams will be looking in to leaving early for the NFL.

That will open up the door for Vinson to come in and immediately compete for some playing time.

"I wanted to check out other programs first before I committed," Vinson acknowledged. "Oklahoma was an awesome place and they were always my leader."

The 6-foot-8, 340-pound Vinson is currently un-ranked by Scout.com, but don't let that fool you, he can play.

Last year the Sooners signed Mike Balogun from Lackawanna C.C. Like Vinson he was also unranked, but he came in to Norman firing on all cylinders and was immediately competing for a starting position.

Vinson looks to follow the same manuscript as his former teammate and friend.

Vinson will be able to go through Spring ball and will enroll in May. He will have three years to play two.

Vinson - who earned All-Conference honors for his play in 2008 - joins Missouri's Tyler Evans and Texas' Josh Aladenoye as the players who have committed to play OL in the class of 2009.


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