2007 Watch: Courtney Viney

Having a great showing at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Courtney Viney hails from Fresno (Calif.) Edison, what you could call a defensive back factory, producing, among others, former UCLA Bruin Ricky Manning...

The best cornerback to come out of Fresno (Calif.) Edison high school in the last twenty years is current Carolina Panther and former UCLA Bruin Ricky Manning Jr. Now Edison has another small but gritty cornerback who could make the same noise at the collegiate level that the 3-time All- Pac-10 Manning did while playing for UCLA.

Junior cornerback Courtney Viney (5-8, 170) is the next lockdown corner in line at Edison, a school that has produced several stellar defensive backs besides Manning, including Robert Peele, Bernard Hicks, Johnny Sears and Aaron Miller.

"It's a great history we have here," said Viney. "We've had a lot of great players here and I'm just trying to be the next."

Viney already holds three scholarship offers, from California, Nebraska and Washington State, while hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee and UCLA. "Cal is my favorite right now, Nebraska is number two and UCLA is number three," said Viney. "Cal offered me first. I watched UCLA when Ricky was there and I'm hoping to get an offer from them. I also watched Brandon (Breazell) when I was a freshman and he was a senior here."

According to Edison's defensive back coach Tony Perry, Viney, who had 84 tackles and four interceptions as a junior, is the one Edison corner who most closely rivals Manning. "Courtney doesn't get beat. He plays bigger than his size because he's got great instincts and his toughness shows," said Perry. "He plays with a chip on his shoulder."

At the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio, Viney was named to the All-Combine First Team. He didn't get beat any of the reps we watched and had a couple of athletic interceptions.

"I wanted to come out here and go up against the best receivers and shut them down in their routes," said Viney.

Viney said he will be taking his time in his recruitment, and plans to attend the Scout Combine and Nike Camp this spring as well as return to the Dewayne Walker DB Camp at Mt. Sac.

Academically, Viney has a 3.3 GPA and already scored an 1100 on the SAT.

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