Maryland LB Hoping for Offer

George Vinson was impressed by what he saw when Penn State topped Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium Saturday. He's hoping the Lions like him enough to make an offer.

There were more than 11 players on the field for Penn State at any given time in last Saturday's win over Wisconsin. At least, in the eyes of Damascus (Md.) High inside linebacker George Vinson, there were.

Vinson could feel the energy inside Beaver Stadium as the Nittany Lions held on for a 24-21 victory over the Badgers, propelling PSU to an 8-4 season on his first visit for a game at University Park.

“For my first time coming up to Penn State, it definitely met my expectations,” Vinson said. “The tradition at Penn State is awesome, and like they said, it's one team. All the fans come together with the team, and it makes for a good atmosphere. It was like they had a 12th man behind them on the field.”

Previously committed to Buffalo, Vinson decommitted from the Bulls in the third week of the collegiate season.

“I committed to Buffalo over the summer, but as time went by, I wasn't sure it was best for my future,” Vinson said. “And I thought greater doors would open.”

The senior now holds offers from Kent State, Towson, Temple, Ohio and Old Dominon, among others. But a Nittany Lion offer would hold a special place on that list.

“It would definitely be my biggest offer, and a dream come true,” Vinson said. “It's been my dream since I first came to Penn State in eighth grade. I listened to Coach [Ron] Vanderlinden and Coach [Larry] Johnson talk back then, and it was really inspirational.”

At 6-foot, 205 pounds, Vinson has been a rock in the middle of Damascus' defense, flanked by former Penn State Class of 2013 verbal commitment Zach Bradshaw.

“I think my biggest strength is my ability to go sideline to sideline,” Vinson said. “I have a knack for the ball, too. I often feel like I can sense where it's going, and be there by the time it gets there, if not before.”

During his Saturday visit, Vinson had the chance to talk to both of his boyhood idols.

“I talked to Coach Johnson and Coach Vanderlinden before the game, and that was pretty cool,” Vinson said. “We talked for probably a good 10 minute or so, and they said they liked my film and that they are still evaluating. They said they'd be talking to Coach [Bill] O'Brien about me this week, so I'm hoping that leads to an offer.”

Vinson will continue his recruiting as he awaits word from the Nittany Lions.

“I have two officials planned so far -- I'm going to visit Towson and Kent State,” Vinson said. The Golden Flashes will square off with Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship this Friday.

“I hope to have a decision made by sometime in December.”

But for now, Vinson will wait and watch, as the calendar inches toward 2013.

“I want to go to a school that has my major, which is either criminal justice or criminal psychology, or something along those lines,” Vinson said. “I want to go somewhere with a good, positive atmosphere, and somewhere I can be comfortable spending the next four years of my life.

“I want to go somewhere when the fans are 100 percent behind you, good or bad,” he added.


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