New Orleans standout Ronnie Vinson did it all for Newman last season.
On the ground, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound prospect tallied over 800 yards and 13 touchdowns. He added over 450 yards and two more scores through the air.
By the time he tacked on his 75 tackles from the safety spot, Vinson had earned 4A All State honors.
Since that performance, the junior has become one of the nation’s most coveted defensive back recruits.
To say that the ride has been wild, said Vinson, would be an understatement.
Pete Carroll and Nick Saban came calling with an offer in the same week, while Les Miles and Co. had been building a relationship with the four-star throughout the spring.
“Everything had fallen into place,” he said.
Now, Vinson is ready to trim his list.
“I talked with my parents and I am ready to cut things to five teams,” he said. “We will take some visits and decide on a school by the end of the summer. I realized that I don’t want my recruitment to become a distraction from my senior year.”
What teams remain for the New Orleans native?
“LSU, Alabama, Ole Miss, USC and UCLA are the teams I am really looking at,” he said. “I am going to take a visit to USC for the Rising Stars camp this summer, and from there I will check out UCLA. I have heard some big things from their coaching staffs, so I feel like I need to make a visit out West to check them out.”
As for the trio of Southeastern Conference teams, which Vinson said he is more familiar with due to location, visit dates remain unknown.
“I think I am going to camp at LSU, but I am not sure about Alabama or Ole Miss yet,” he said. “I will probably camp at Alabama if I have the time, though.”
While he was unable to make the LSU Spring Game, Vinson’s parents made the trek from New Orleans to Baton Rouge that Saturday to meet with the Tiger staff on their own.
Is it safe to say that Miles and the staff hold a good place in the race for his services?
“I think all the teams have a good shot, but I am definitely still feeling LSU,” he said. “I know about the program and I am familiar with things, and I like everything that I have seen.
“I just need to get out there and see everything there is for me before I make anything final.”