Youngstown (Ohio) Cardinal Mooney is rolling in the playoffs after a 55-0 drubbing of Hubbard on Friday night. A big part of Mooney's defensive effort comes from safety Ray Vinopal, a 2010 prospect heating up on the recruiting trail.
"Michigan offered me last Wednesday as a defensive back," Vinopal said. "I am excited about it. In terms of the football program, it is a step up toward the big-time. I have a couple of MAC offers and an Air Force offer. It is just nice to have an offer from Michigan, something I have been waiting for."
Coach Tony Gibson is leading Vinopal's recruitment for the Wolverines.
"I am going to visit unofficially for the Ohio State game next weekend," Vinopal said. "I plan to make an official visit there sometime in December."
Michigan is not the only school that has turned up the heat on Vinopal.
"Boston College and Pittsburgh are still recruiting me. I talk to their coaches and they send mail. Notre Dame has been contacting me recently. They actually came to the game on Friday. I talked to them and they said they like what they see. After Michigan, Notre Dame seems closest to offering. Pitt is supposed to call me this week to check in, as is Michigan State. They want more film. Pitt just told me they need some more time to work things out with scholarship numbers."
Vinopal said he will take as many visits as possible.
"If Notre Dame offers, I will visit there. I will also be visiting Bowling Green. I will base my decision on what school I like best and that the roster looks like and where I have a good chance to get on the field quickly."
At this time, Vinopal's main focus is on his senior season. Cardinal Mooney is now 12-0 on the season, and will take on Poland Seminary Friday night in the third round of the OHSAA Division three playoffs.
"We are playing well," Vinopal said. "We are taking it a week at a time. We are just enjoying every moment, and playing the best we can every Friday. We have a great game plan every week, and our coaches do a great of getting me into the right spots to make plays. I feel like I am getting better every week."