A Ton of Vinson

Doing it on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, Isidore Newman junior Ronnie Vinson can hurt opposing defenses with his feet and can hurt an unsuspecting ball carrier with a furious hit.

NEW ORLEANS - A standout dynamic offensive catalyst or a shutdown secondary player? Either option would be a good choice for a FBS school looking to make a run at a conference title.

If Wisconsin is looking for either option, they need not look further than Ronnie Vinson.

With schools across the country starting to fill out their 2010 recruiting classes, Vinson does a little bit of everything for Isidore Newman High School.

Vinson finished his junior season with around 800 yards rushing and 400 yards receiving for a total of 15 touchdowns. On defense, he had 75 tackles, which has caused him to be recruited by schools as either a running back, cornerback, safety or purely as an athlete.

"I do a lot of things well, but there are some things I know I need to get better on, like my quickness," Vinson said. "I do think I move with the ball pretty well and can make people miss. I feel I would be better playing defense, because I have played it for a long time and I like flying around the field and making plays."

"If I had to pick, I would rather play defense and hit people."

Having football running through his veins (his brother played at Tennessee State while his uncle and cousin played at LSU), Vinson knows all about the recruiting process, which continues bring in new offers every week.

"I have over 20 offers with schools like Alabama, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and USC to name a few," Vinson said. "Location isn't a big factor for me. My family wants me to go to a nice family atmosphere with good academics and a good program."

Most of Vinson's offers have come from Big XII and SEC schools, but one of the programs that peaked his interest came from Michigan. Not knowing much about the Midwest schools that had shown interest (like Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin), the offer from the Wolverines has Vinson considering other ‘northern schools.'

"Michigan has a lot of tradition and I've always been a fan of schools like that," Vinson said. "They have won a lot of games and so have a lot of other schools in the Big Ten. It's definitely a great conference and I am going to try and study all the schools that offer me."

Not having any favorites this early in the process, Vinson is going to wait until the summer to start narrowing down his list of potential suitors and wait to the fall to start taking visits. This summer, Vinson is planning on attending USC's Rising Star Camp, UCLA's camp and either Alabama's or LSU's summer camp.

Looking for a place where he can be comfortable in his surroundings and just play football, Vinson is not going to rush his decision, which hopefully will end for him playing big-time football.

"I'm just trying to take it one step at a time," Vinson said. "I don't want to rush anything. I don't want to overlook anything, so I probably just take my time and take a good hard look at everything."


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