Vinson opens up on LSU commitment

Vinson traveled to Baton Rouge on Monday

LSU has been searching high and low for cornerback prospects to fill out the 2010 class. On the front of their minds, of course, remained Newman standout Ronnie Vinson. On Monday, the four-star traveled to Baton Rouge to tell the staff that he was a Tiger.

Ronnie Vinson had always loved the LSU program, so when the opportunity came to wear purple and gold – the junior knew the Tigers would be tough to beat.

“Growing up around here I have always loved LSU, so I was really happy when the offer came a few months back,” he said. “I did not want to just rush out and commit, so I looked around some to make sure that I would be making the right decision.

“Eventually, I realized that LSU was just the place I needed to be. No second guesses.”

His mother and father, who took in the Tiger campus without Ronnie for the LSU Spring Game, were impressed enough to let their son call Baton Rouge home.

“That visit was really big, because the staff made them feel comfortable,” Vinson said. “Coach Miles and Coach Cooper are such good guys, so when they sat my parents down and talked things out, everyone was on the same page.”

Newman head coach Nelson Stewart said that he could not be happier with the decision.

“It is such a wonderful thing for everyone involved,” he said. “Ronnie embodies all the right things, and it is something for the younger kids in our program to look up to.

“Coach Cooper came in and really impressed our coaches, and we had previous good dealings with Coach Miles through recruitments in the past,” he added. “I feel really comfortable with Ronnie getting into the LSU program and being given the chance to do some amazing things.”

Those amazing things, according to discussions between Cooper and the 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete, will take place at cornerback.

“I kind of do it all at Newman, but I realize that at the next level I can be a pretty good corner,” Vinson said. “To be honest, I just want to get in and help the team win.

“The new defensive staff has some big plans, and with the talent they are bringing in I think that we can do some big things.”

According to Stewart, Vinson should be able to hold his own with little resistance.

“He is a ball-hawking safety or a lock-down corner, so I think either road would have been fine,” he said. “He has such great technique and athleticism that he can transition to any spot and be successful.

“LSU landed themselves a very talented player.”

Headed home from Baton Rouge, Vinson said that he could not be happier with how his recruitment played out.

“I was getting kind of tired with things, so after talking it over with my family and coaches, I knew I needed to get over to the campus and tell the staff that I was a Tiger,” he said. “It is a dream come true.”

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