Recruiting begins for Vincent

The state of Washington is loaded with quality division one prospects this coming season and none are more accomplished than Pasco DE Hank Vincent. He took an unofficial visit to Montlake two weeks ago and talked to Dawgman.com about how recruiting is going, what his plans are for this summer and who would win a battle between himself and a soon-to-be Husky freshman.

"Oh I'd beat Ryan (Tolar) every time," Vincent said with a laugh when asked who would win a one-on-one battle between the two Bulldog teammates. "He's good, but I'm better."

Vincent is a pass-rushing machine, racking up 11 sacks this past season en route to co-Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Big 9 conference. His love for football goes back a long way and he said there's just something about getting to the quarterback.

"I just love the feeling of hitting someone and making them pay the price," Vincent said. "I love playing football and I love to hit."

When the discussion turned to recruiting it basically boiled down to two schools recruiting him the hardest at this early point in the game – Washington and Oregon.

"Both of those schools are sending me a lot of stuff and coach (Randy) Hart has been by my school a few times," Vincent said. "I really like Washington a lot and he is a good coach. I like talking to him and we have a good relationship."

Vincent said he is also receiving interest from UCLA, Nebraska and Harvard.

So with his good friend heading to Washington, could he be joining Tolar in purple and gold?

"It was really cool because he showed me everything about U-Dub on my trip there," Vincent said of his trip to watch the Husky men's basketball team play the UCLA Bruins. "He introduced me to all of the players and showed me around. He's trying really hard to get me to go there with him, but he knows I have to make the best decision for me.

"It would be cool to go there because we are such good friends, but if I chose Washington it wouldn't be because of that. It would be because it was the best fit for me."

On his trip he got to meet recruiting coordinator Chris Tormey and head coach Tyrone Willingham.

"Coach Willingham just talked about what type of players he wants in the program," Vincent said. "He wants tough hard-nosed players and he wants to turn things around."

Vincent plans on attending the Nike camp in Oregon in early June and may take in some individual camps around there area if time permits. He sports a 4.8 forty time, a 30-inch and a 300-pound bench, but said he hopes to improve on all of those numbers over the summer.

He also has some goals in mind for his senior season.

"The team goals always come first," Vincent said. "Making it to the playoffs and winning state are what's most important to me, but as far as individual things are concerned, I don't like being co-anything, so I want to be THE Defensive Player of the Year next year. I want to lead my team this offseason and make sure everyone is working their hardest to reach all of our goals."

Vincent sports an impressive 3.5 GPA and is in the "Running Start" program at the local community college and plans to have his two-year degree before he graduates in June of 2007.

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