Commitment Spotlight: Laronji Vason

Many publications have Prattville (Ala.) High School ranked among the best in the country for the 2011 season. They already have 10 seniors committed to Division 1 programs and another five with Division 1 offers. Laronji Vason has been a three-year starter in this elite group of players. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound cornerback gave his commitment to the Demon Deacon staff this summer.

"It was in the middle of June when my grandparents and my mom sat down to discuss my decision to commit," said Laronji Vason. "I have eight offers altogether. What stood out to us about Wake Forest was the coaches seem up-front and honest, but most importantly the quality of the education they offer.

"I haven't been there yet, but from all of the research I've done online and from people I've talked to, it seems like a real nice place."

The Lions had an off year, by their standards, in 2010 finishing 8-4 with a 2nd round loss to Wetumpka in the Alabama 6A playoffs. In the previous four seasons, Prattville made the 6A State Championship every year winning three of them in '06, '07, and '08.

"I've got two main goals for my senior season," Vason said. "That's to win both a national championship and a state championship. I don't really have any personal goals. Just to go out there and give my all."

Vason didn't become a starter for the Lions until the end of his sophomore season. That year the Lions fell to Hoover in the state final. They get a chance to stake claim to a "mythical" No. 1 ranking when they face South Florida powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas at Hoover. The STA Raiders may want to throw the ball away from Vason's side of the field.

"I play mostly cornerback and a little safety," said Vason. "My best strength is my ability to play man-to-man and shut out wide receivers. I feel like I've improved on my technique in the off-season. I'm gained weight, and I'm faster. I run a 4.42 40 with consistency."

Vason had three picks as a junior, 39 tackles, one sack, and 12 pass breakups. This season Prattville head coach Jamey DuBose plans on using Vason on kickoff returns. Although Prattville football is nothing to take lightly, Vason hopes to get away this fall to see the Deacons in action and make his first trip to Winston-Salem.

"I talk a lot with Coach Lobo about coming up," said Vason. "I want to go to some games and take my official visit too when the season is over."

Vason holds offers from Memphis, Northern Illinois, Arkansas State, Florida International, Troy, and Southeastern Louisiana. He gave his verbal pledge to his recruiting coordinator, Steed Lobotzke, in June. He wears No. 8 for the Lions of Prattville.

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