Last week, we talked about Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison two way standout Hunter White and mentioned how he was one of the most under-rated players in the state. On that same Charger team is another player, Dominque Vinson, who is also flying below the radar but has sure fire Div I talent as well.
Vinson, 5-10, 155 pounds really shouldn't be considered a sleeper when you look at how he performed on the field last season as well as at the SoCal NIKE Camp back in April. Vinson was named the league's defensive back of the year last season after totaling 34 tackles and three picks from his corner position.
He added 36 catches for 517 yards and six touchdowns at receiver and could play on either side of the ball in college. At the NIKE Camp, Vinson clocked a 4.51-40, 4.41 in the shuttle and jumped 28 inches in the vertical but where he has really shined this summer is during passing league play.
Edison won the first tournament of the year back on June 10, the Dana Hills/Student Sports Air Attack tournament and Vinson put on a show on both sides of the ball. Two weeks ago, we saw the athlete at the Edison tournament and then saw him once again this past Friday at the NIKE 7 on 7 passing championship and Vinson was one of the standouts at each events.
Vinson plays bigger than his 5-10, 155 pound frame and is very athletic. Defensively, he shows quick feet and excellent cover skills. At receiver, Vinson is fearless going up for the ball, has excellent hands and runs well after the catch.
Edison knocked off passing league powers Valencia and Hart to make it to the championship game but unfortunately, Vinson was injured and unable to play in it. Late in the semi-final win over Hart, Vinson went up high for a ball and landed awkwardly on his shoulder.
"I popped my shoulder out of the socket," Vinson said later on. "It's like the 10th time that's happened to me, it's getting pretty frustrating and I hated to miss the championship game."
Vinson was still named player of the tournament for the Chargers for his play in the first two games and awarded a NIKE football for his efforts. On the recruiting front, Vinson said he's hearing from a number of schools but two are recruiting him the hardest right now.
"I'm getting letters from schools like USC, Nebraska, Oregon, Washington and Arizona," Vinson said. "Arizona State and San Diego State are recruiting me the hardest and both have mentioned offering me. They both said they want to see one of my early games this season but could offer after that. I'm open right now and just want to see how the process is going to play out."