- Prospect: Taron Vincent
- Hometown: Bradenton, Fla.
- High school: IMG Academy
- Class: 2018
- Position: Defensive tackle
- Size: 6-foot-1, 290 pounds
- Ranking on Scout: No. 1 DT | No. 3 prospect in Fla. | No. 20 prospect in country
When speaking with Vincent recently, he said he was up to 27 scholarship offers. He has offers from the who's who of college football. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA and many others have made Vincent a target for 2018. With his schedule at IMG Academy he has not been able to get out and visit too many schools. He has taken visited to FSU, Ohio State and UCLA though over the past year. At FSU, he really likes Odell Haggins, the Seminoles' defensive line coach. Defensive line coach Larry Johnson impressed Vincent at Ohio State and he likes the atmosphere in Columbus as well. With UCLA, it was two coaches that stuck out to the four star — defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and defensive line coach Angus McClure. Vincent said he gets along with both of those guys well. Those three schools make up 60-percent of his favorites list. Miami and Michigan are the other two schools Vincent named in his top five at this time. At this time next year he feels he will be committed. He will likely make his decision over the summer in 2017. He is looking for a school that fits him academically and athletically with his connection to the coaching staff being one of his biggest factors.
When watching Vincent live against Loganville (Ga.) Grayson late in August, I saw a strong, powerful defensive lineman who plays with a lot of intensity. He is on the shorter side for elite defensive tackles of today, but he uses that to his advantage. I personally like the interior guys who are a little shorter because they can play with leverage, they do a better job of holding their ground in the run game and they tend to move better laterally. He is very strong at the point of attack pushing offensive linemen back, collapsing the pocket. He is a defensive lineman with good quickness for his size and he flashes the ability to get up the field to pressure the quarterback. Where Vincent can improve is his moves off the ball. He is more of a bull rush guy right now, so improving his moves in pass rush will be key to his success down the road. He carries his weight well, he moves well and he is athletic for an interior defensive lineman.