Vinson enjoys his time with Cooper
Ronnie Vinson
Ronnie Vinson
Staff Writer
Posted Jan 31, 2009

While the LSU Junior Day kicked off Saturday at 9 a.m., Newman-standout Ronnie Vinson and his family made the trek to Baton Rouge earlier than most, spending some quality time with what Vinson hopes will be his future coaching staff.

"The coaches got my family and I to come in at about 8 a.m.," he said. "We sat down with Coach [Ron] Cooper and had a really nice discussion. He told me that I am everything that he is looking for in a defensive back, and that he has really liked what he has seen on film so far."

With Cooper coming onto the Tiger staff after the season ended, the Tigers defensive back coach was unable to see the junior during live action. Because of that, Vinson said that the offer from LSU will have to be put on hold for a little longer.

"Coach wants to see me once in camp before he gives me the offer, and I completely understand that," he said. "He is looking at me at cornerback, not safety, because he said he really likes how I can get up and be physical with guys and can lay the hit."

Though he has been to Baton Rouge before and heard stories of the facilities on campus, seeing them up close was a different story.

"It was so awesome," Vinson said. "They showed me around the locker rooms and throughout the whole football facility. Seeing the trophies and championship stuff was really cool, as well."

After position meetings, Vinson was introduced to Dutchtown junior safety Eric Reid, and the two hit it off immediately.

"Me and Eric just clowned around all day," he said. "He was a really cool dude, and he looks like a beast for sure. It was great hanging out with him, and we are just anxious now to see what the class, which we hope to be a part of, will start to look like."

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