Hampton (Va.) Phoebus athlete Brent Vinson recently moved up the charts as the Rivals250 rankings came out a couple weeks back and he moved from a three-star prospect to a four-star, Rivals250 recruit. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder with 4.39-second speed is excited about the newest rating and his recruitment has received a shot in the arm because of it.
"Actually I didn't know about my improved rating until I went online and saw another star up there next to my name," he said. "I thought something was wrong with my computer or something. I was very excited about it.
"Since then I've received an offer from Tennessee and Florida. They both want me to play wide receiver for them as Tennessee has changed their mind from corner to receiver since seeing my film online. Coach Slade and Washington also talked about having me play both sides of the ball including in their nickel defense. I like that as I'd like to be on the field as much as possible. I've got a lot of energy to use."
What does the No. 15 athlete in the country think about his newest offers?
"I'm glad that a lot of the schools in the South are starting to pick up on me because that's what I wanted to have. I wanted schools beyond just the ACC to offer," he said. "Both of those programs throw the ball a lot and I know last year Florida led the conference in passing. They do a lot of five receiver sets and have a spread offense. I also like that both teams are good and they have talked to me and are very straight forward and told me if I work hard enough I could start my first year. Finally, these schools show a lot of love for football and I don't think any of them are too far away as that will allow me to focus on what I have to do if I'm there."
The No. 15 player in Virginia has cancelled his official visit to Virginia on November 11th. Instead, Vinson plans to take an unofficial to Virginia for the Florida State game this weekend.
"I just want to see how well Virginia competes against them and see where they stand in the ACC. I also want to see how good Florida State is."
The five schools currently in line for official visits from the athlete include Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Florida, Michigan State and probably Georgia.
"Basically I like the positions they want me to play. They all want me on the field as much as possible and those seem like the right situations for me," he said. "If I'm going to be there for a few years, I've got to make sure I pick the right school that allows me to get on the field."
Vinson thinks he make take a few more unofficials to Virginia Tech later this season to meet up with his cousin Jimmy Williams.
As for Phoebus's season, they are 5-0.
"We've got a big game next week against Hampton and that means a lot to us as we lost both games last year to them by five and ten points. We've got a good team this year and have to make a statement in one of the biggest rivalries in Virginia," he said. "I've been doing well this season as I'm leading the district in receiving and I've taken punt returns back and doing well on defense too.
"I'm happy with how I'm doing as long as this team continues to win. I'll do whatever it takes. If we're running the ball well, I'll tell the coach to not pass because I'm not worried about myself, I want to win."