Phoebus head coach Bill Dee, no stranger to producing Division 1-A talent, boasts many talented players for his 2005 squad, three of which he feels will garner Division 1-A offers. One of these players has already received an early scholarship offer, and it might not be who you think.
While DeNathian Robinson and Matt Wright have received the early pub, 6-2, 180-pound Brent Vinson has received an early scholarship offer from Kent State. Vinson flew under the radar last season, which was his first playing varsity football.
“He’s a receiver and defensive back,” Dee said. “He came up this past season. He’s only played one season. He’s an excellent, excellent athlete. He broke the school record in the vertical jump the other day with a 36-inch jump. He’s never been timed in the 40, but he’s probably a 4.4. He’s a great receiver, he’s got enough speed and he’s physical enough to play defensive back. He’s a kick-returner. He’s a heck of an athlete. I think he’s as good an athlete as there is in the state, but he just doesn’t have the experience. He’s going to be on everybody’s radar by the time spring’s over.”
Vinson impressed his coach with an excellent performance against arch-rival Hampton last season. In that game, Vinson was assigned the task of covering star wide receiver Todd Nolen and did well according to his coach.
“I tell you what, he probably had his best game of the year in the Hampton game,” Dee said. “He covered Nolen and he caught a couple big passes.”
For the year, Vinson had 29 receptions for 475 yards and 8 touchdowns. He is also a very good basketball player, averaging around 20 points per game.
Matt Wright made the move from defensive end to inside linebacker this past season. Linebacker is the likely position in college for the 6-3, 215-pound Wright, who progressed nicely from the beginning to the end of last season.
“He played defensive end his first two years and then we moved him to inside linebacker last year,” Dee said of Wright, who has also started at tight end for the first three years. “It had its moments early on, but as the year went on he became very good. I thought he was as good as anybody by the end of the year. It’s a lot different going from line to linebacker.”
A playmaker for the Phoebus defense, Wright possesses very good speed.
“Matt’s capable of running a 4.5,” Dee said. “He runs a consistent...
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