RECRUITING UPDATE: Ronnie Vinson
Athlete Vinson headed for Tigers’ defensive backfield
BY RICHARD FISCHER
Tiger Rag Recruiting Contributor
In the last two decades, Isidore Newman High School only sent the Mannings to SEC programs.
And Newman standout Ronnie Vinson looks to continue that trend by signing with LSU.
Vinson, listed as an athlete, will most likely become a defensive back at the collegiate level.
“They’ll start him at corner and then play him a little at safely possibly, but he’ll do whatever they ask him,” said Vinson’s high school coach Nelson Stewart. “I think they’re going to get a young man that can do a number of things.”
Vinson brings all-around experience to the Tigers. While at Newman, Vinson was a four-year starter at defensive back, but he also saw time at running back, wide receiver, quarterback, and linebacker.
While in high school, Vinson recorded 1584 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns while boasting an impressing eight yards per carry. Through the air, Vinson caught 34 passes for 394 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensively, Vinson had 72 tackles in his junior season. As a senior, Vinson recorded 59 tackles, two interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns.
“He’s explosive. He has great straight-line speed, and he moves his hips well,” said Stewart. “He’s a lock down guy, and he does a great job in man coverage. He tackles well in the open field.”
Stewart said Vinson looks forward to earning his stripes on special teams.
“He can play on all the special teams, and he’s a real threat with the ball in his hands,” said Stewart. “He’s all about earning his position and his spot on the team, and he’s anxious to get up there and start working with his teammates.”
Vinson is also anxious to begin his academic career at LSU as a business student. Stewart said LSU’s Ourso College of Business helped Vinson choose LSU among more than 20 offers.
“He looked all over from the west coach to the Southeastern Conference, but there was something special to him about Tiger Stadium,” said Stewart.