Jamaul Vickers talks Vanderbilt

After spending his sophomore season in the desert helping Bishop Gorman High School win the 2011 Nevada 4A state title, Jamaul Vickers joined the Godby Cougars in Tallahasse, Fla. as a junior. Despite being hampered by injury causing him to miss substantial time, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound wide receiver added some offensive spark to the offense when they called his number.

"It was tough because I got hurt in the forth game with a broken bone in my finger," said Jamaul Vickers. "When I came back, I suffered a knee injury. I really only got in five games the whole season. My best moment was probably in the Choctawatchee game. We were down at halftime and I made the go ahead score on a 40-yard touchdown pass to put my team in position to win the game."

Vickers' father, Jay Vickers, is the Associate Athletic Director at UNLV. Jay Vickers played running back in college for Lou Holtz during his tenure at Notre Dame. Jamaul is getting close to realizing his own dreams of playing at the Division 1 level. He currently has four offers to his credit.

"Vanderbilt and Clemson were close together last summer to offer," Vickers said. "Since then I have offers from South Carolina and Auburn. Coach (Ronnie) Cottrell is supposed to be in touch with Florida soon about an offer.

"I haven't been on any visits yet and probably won't until May when track season is over. I'm planning on going to Vanderbilt, Clemson, Alabama, and LSU."

Vanderbilt had one of the most successful recruiting classes in their history in the class of 2012 and that success could very well pay big dividends in influencing players in the class of 2013.

"Jakarri Thomas is a smart guy and a great athlete," Vickers said. "I like him. He's really a good kid. When he signed with Vanderbilt, it opened my eyes more to want to know more about it and have been doing research on the program.

"I think very highly of Vanderbilt. It offers great academics and excellent sports programs. It's a school I feel like I would be comfortable committing to. Not that I'm ready to commit yet, but I'm definitely taking a more serious approach when looking at them."

Vickers is strongly committed to his track team and competes in the long jump, triple jump, 4X1 relay, and the 200 meter dash. He says it helps with one of the main factors in his game, speed.

"My goal is to run a 4.3-40 by next year," said Vickers. "You look at some of the top receivers in the league like DeSean Jackson and Vernon Davis and how fast they are, and it shows how important that is.

"I'm also working on improving my eye-to-hand coordination, my technique and my blocking. I think my best skills at receiver are my route running, hands, and speed. I've got good speed off the line and get off jams well. If I can get in front of a defensive back, there's no catching me."

Vickers moved to Tallahassee to live with his mother. He is interested in majoring in Business and working in sports management like his father after his playing career.

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