Venson said heart will propel him to college

There is a saying that the best things in life are free. Well in the case of Katy Morton Ranch athlete Michael Vinson, that couldn't be more than true. He feels like heart and determination will be his keys to success. And he hopes that Division I coaches will see those same traits. Vinson had a solid game Thursday as they beat Seven Lakes 21-20. We had a quick chat with Vinson after the game…

As if dealing with the troubles that came along with Hurricane Ike recently wasn't enough, running back Michael Vinson and the Katy Morton Ranch football team dealt with that plus a few other things worthy of mention.

"We had a lot of adversity because we game planned on two different teams," Vinson said. With the hurricane and people families, it was tough. We had a couple of players who didn't even play because of the hurricane."

With all of theses obstacle staring Vinson in the face, he took upon himself to give his guys some words of encouragement before they lined up against Seven Lakes last Thursday night.

"Before the game I met with everybody and told them that things happen and we are going to have to suck it up and play as a team," Vinson said.

And that's exactly what they did. After being blanked in the first half, the Mavericks scored 21 second-half points to outlast Seven Lakes 21-20. In this game, Vinson managed to rush for 124 yards and a touchdown despite having some soreness in his hip.

But he was not going to let that stop him.

"I told the guys that my hip really hurts, but I'm not complaining," Vinson said. "We are going to have to go out and play with everything we have because Mavericks have heart."

Speaking on that note, that trait is what Vinson said will get him to the next level, which is playing Division I football. Vinson, who stands 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, said that could be the deciding factor for coaches to see and want him to be a part of the team.

"I think heart and me knowing how to be a leader are my two biggest traits," Vinson said. "That is how I think of me. I like to lead the team and that is all I think about."

And obviously while elaborating on his qualities, dedication may have to be added to the list of characteristics as well. This past off-season, Vinson made a few rounds to various camps and combines. He spoke of one in particular which was the Under Armour/ Combine at the Dallas Cowboys facility in April. 

"It (UA/Scout Combine) really helped me because I got to see a lot of talent next to me," Vinson said. "That pushed me and made me realize that I have a lot of work to do. So after I left the camps, I came home and got a personal trainer and went to work and got better."

It clearly paid off because there are coaches across the country recruiting him heavily. After a solid start this season and finishing last season with nearly 1,000 yards rushing and over 300 yards receiving (with 10 total touchdowns), Vinson is starting to see some movement in his recruitment.

But this is not his primary focus, at least for the moment.

"I have Texas Tech and Kentucky, which are a couple programs that are looking at me," Vinson said. "But I'm not sure where I will go. I will just wait until the end of the season to get this over with. First I want to get to the playoffs and then decide."

Reliable sources have also added that Vinson is also hearing from UTEP, and Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Purdue, Houston, Baylor, Iowa State, Iowa, New Mexico State, and TCU to name a few. Because of his versatility, programs are looking at him as a slot receiver or a defensive back.

At the moment, Vinson claims to have no offers, or at least that he knows of.

"I do not have any offers that I know of. If I do, I know my coach will probably not tell me until after the season," Vinson said.

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