Sunseri To Decide Soon

Tuscaloosa (AL) Northridge linebacker Vinnie Sunseri has narrowed his choices down to two schools. The 6-0, 215-pound linebacker prospect has made an unofficial visit to one of his finalists, and has another one set up to the other. Both programs, he's very familiar with.

Sunseri will choose--possibly within the next two weeks--which school he will attend. Both of his finalists, Pittsburgh and Alabama, he has family ties to. His brother Tino Sunseri is gunning for the starting quarterback job this fall as a red shirt sophomore. His dad Sal Sunseri, a Pittsburgh grad, is the assistant head coach/linebackers for the Crimson Tide.

"I'm going to take an unofficial to Alabama, then decide which one, Pitt or Alabama," Sunseri said. "I'm going to make my decision within the next two weeks, maybe the end of next week."

Though it is a serious matter, picking a school, Vinnie says that his family often jokes about which side of the family he will join in college.

"They both kind of jag me a little bit," Sunseri said of his dad and brother. "Whether it would be better to go to Pitt or to Alabama, they both know I have to make the decision that is best for me."

Sunseri recently took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh, which was nice for him on many levels.

"It was good," Sunseri said. "I was there to see the coaches, but also be with me brother. I got a better feel for the city."

As for the football aspect of it, Sunseri said it was mostly to see and learn about the facilities. He was most impressed with Pitt's indoor facility.

When it comes down to schemes, both schools are recruiting him as a linebacker, though it's really for two different roles.

"Alabama is kind of looking at me as a hybrid--safety, outside linebacker," Sunseri said. "Pitt, it's outside linebacker. They're two completely different places. Alabama runs a 3-4. Pitt runs a 4-3."

As a junior, for Marvin Ridge High School in Waxhaw, NC, Sunseri finished with 109 tackles, including 15 for a loss. He also had five interceptions, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He was named the Bronko Nagurski Defensive Player of the Year in North Carolina, as well.


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