Vinson Primed for Big Season

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Brent Vinson , who has only played varsity football for one season, plans on having a breakout year on the gridiron in 2005. He will certainly get his chance, as Phoebus (Hampton, VA) head coach Bill Dee plans to give opposing defenses a big dose of the 6-1, 185-pound speedster.

“They’ve got me in the backfield now,” Vinson said. His primary position on offense is wide receiver. “Throughout the whole game they’ll line me up everywhere. I also play corner on defense.

“On offense, I’m catching the ball a lot better and me and my quarterback are connecting a lot better. We’re on the same page a lot more. He’ll change the routes and stuff depending on the defense.”

Vinson anxiously awaits the start of the season, but of the games on Phoebus’ schedule, he has circled one date in particular…and it’s not a surprise at all.

“I’m just waiting for the season to start so we can beat Hampton this year,” Vinson said. The Phoebus/Hampton rivalry is one of, if not the biggest one in the state.

Vinson’s first season, coupled with an outstanding performance at the Blacksburg Nike camp this year, were enough for him to land eight Division 1A scholarship offers. Vinson isn’t shying away from the recruiting trail as the season nears, as he hopes to make at least one official visit during the season.

“I’m about to start working on setting the official visits now,” said Vinson. “I went to UVa last weekend and talked to coach Groh in person. I went in his office and talked to him. I chilled with Hagans a little bit, too. He’s from around this way. I’m going to go to the Western Michigan game [on an unofficial visit].”

Vinson knows at least two official visits he wants to make.

“I know I’m going to take one to Tech and one to UVa,” Vinson said. He’s also going to take an unofficial visit to see N.C. State host Virginia Tech on September 4th. “I was thinking about taking one to Southern Cal. To tell you the truth, I don’t know if [USC has] offered or not. I received a couple of handwritten letters from Pete Carroll and he gave me his number, but I haven’t called him yet. I have to call him and see [if they’ve offered].”

When asked if Virginia Tech, which has been his leader