Playmaker Visit?

West Virginia is slated to get a visit from a "difference-maker" who could add another dangerous weapon to the Mountaineer attack.

Wide receiver Brett Vinson, who is currently spending a post-graduate year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, has been committed to Tennessee for quite some time. However, the outstanding playmaker, who was originally recruited by WVU assistant Bill Stewart out of Phoebus High School in Virginia, is in the process of setting up a visit to West Virginia.

"At first I wasn't sure, but after talking with Coach Stewart I have decided to take a visit to WVU," Vinson told in an exclusive interview. "He has talked with me about visiting on the 19th, but we didn't set that as a firm date yet. I am still committed to Tennessee, but I have liked West Virginia for a while, and I want to make sure they don't have something better to offer."

Vinson, a well-spoken player who considers questions thoroughly before answering, has watched the Mountaineer program for a good while.

"I have been watching since Coach Stewart started recruiting me, and I like watching them play. I really like Patrick White and Steve Slaton and they way they play. I think I could help the passing game there."

Vinson, who checks in at six feet, two inches and 190-pounds, has recorded 40-yard dash times as low as 4.26 and 4.27 in back to back runs. He also put up sub-4.4 clockings at Nike camps.

"A lot of guys take pride in those low times, but I want to prove myself on the field," Vinson noted.

Whatever Vinson's "official" times, he showed his ability to West Virginia's coaches first hand when Hargrave took on the Mountaineer junior varsity in a game earlier this fall. In that contest, Vinson put up more than 300 all-purpose yards.

"I had two kickoff returns of 80 and 70 yards, but I didn't score on either of them," Vinson noted. "I had two touchdown catches, one on a fly pattern where I got behind the secondary and the other on a 20-yard out pattern. I also had about a 70-yard return when we blocked a field goal and I took a lateral."

Vinson completed his day with a solid defensive effort, breaking up a couple of passes at defensive back and nearly picking one off. Neither West Virginia nor Tennessee, however, has thoughts of making him anything but a game-breaking wideout.

Coming out of high school, Vinson had interest from numerous schools. In addition to the Volunteers and Mountaineers, powers such as Georgia, Florida and even Southern Cal made treks to check him out in person. However, after going to Hargrave and committing to Tennessee, some of that interest lessened. Although Florida and a handful of other SEC schools continued to stay in contact, Vinson decided that none were of sufficient interest on his part to warrant a visit. However, West Virginia hung in, with the dogged Stewart as point man, and as a result Vinson has decided to make one last official trip to see what the Mountaineer program is like.

"West Virginia is the only other school that I am interested in right now," Vinson confirmed. will continue to update Vinson's recruitment, and will have a follow up report once he makes his visit to West Virginia.

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