Class of 2012 Spotlight: Kevin Vaccaro

There's an abundance of excitement centered around Brownwood's football program and with good reason. The Lions return almost the entire squad, including CB Kevin Vaccaro, from a 10-3 team. Read further to get the details on Vaccaro, whose name is certainly familiar to football fans.

Does Brownwood have talent this year? That's somewhat of a rhetorical question, when you consider that the Lions are blessed with players such as WR Jaxon Shipley (Texas commit), S/P Derek Longoria (SMU commit), and Class of 2012 CB Kevin Vaccaro. The latter name, Vaccaro, is certainly one that's already familiar to football fans, seeing as Kenny Vaccaro - Kevin's older brother - is a defensive back for the University of Texas.

Now, Kevin -- already a two-year starter -- is making a name for himself as a shutdown corner for the Lions. The 5-foot-9, 175-pounder, who has 4.5 speed, notched 70 tackles and broke up 10 passes as a sophomore in 2009.

"I went to Early High School as a freshman and I started that year," said Vaccaro. "I really don't know how many tackles or other stats I put up that season. I transferred to Brownwood before last season.

"Overall, Brownwood has a better program than Early and Coach (Bob) Shipley is a really good coach."

A week ago, Vaccaro played an integral role for a Brownwood team that won its division at the FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championship.

"The 7-on-7 stuff helped us get a lot of practice in so we could start getting ready for the season," he said. "I had a couple of picks in the tournament. My brother was out there that weekend and he gave me a lot of tips that helped me out.

"It was great playing with him when he was in high school. I look up to him a lot and it felt really good being on the same field. I was very comfortable playing alongside him."

Earlier this summer, Vaccaro attended SMU camp along with Longoria and another Brownwood 2012 standout, LB Ethan Horton.

"I liked the SMU camp and the coaches. I was comfortable there and I'm interested in SMU. Derrick (Longoria) said they might offer me and Ethan after this season. Ethan is one of my closest friends. He played at Early with me and then transferred to Brownwood the same time. He was a safety last year and is moving to linebacker this year."

Vaccaro, along with Shipley and Longoria, was part of a regional champion relay team. The quartet caught a bad break, however, when the fourth member had to miss the state track meet due to a baseball conflict.

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