Vinson Has Final Five

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Brent Vinson may be focusing on helping Phoebus (Hampton, VA) to another state championship title, but he has made some progress in his decision making process as well. The 6-1, 185-pound athlete has decided on the five schools he will officially visit. In fact, he has already taken one of those trips.

“I took an official visit to Tennessee [on the weekend of October 28th],” Vinson said. “It was a good experience. I had a lot of fun. It’s a real good place and I knew [former Kecoughtan linebacker Jerod] Mayo. And my friend Duke Crews decided he’s going to go there.”

Does the fact that Crews will head to Tennessee impact Vinson’s decision?

“I just want to go somewhere where I know somebody,” Vinson said. “He and I chill all the time.”

The four remaining official visit destinations are made up of ACC and SEC schools, respectively.

“I’m going to take official visits to Florida, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia,” Vinson said. He has official offers from all of these schools.

Earlier in the recruiting process, Vinson listed that the in-state schools had the edge. Right now, only one has the edge on the rest.

“Virginia Tech, yeah,” Vinson replied when asked if the in-state schools are the favorites. “I still like UVa, too. It’s tough. Right now, I’m really just thinking about our team.”

Vinson attended the UVa/Virginia Tech game last Saturday. Did the loss really hurt UVa’s chances?

“No, everybody loses games,” Vinson said. “I paid attention to the styles of the offenses and defenses. Everybody is going to lose a game, and those rivalry games can be tough.”

Vinson deals with a rivalry game of his own this week, when Phoebus takes on arch-rival Hampton in the playoffs. The Phantoms defeated Hampton during the regular season.

Last week, Phoebus squeaked by Maury by a score of 49-48 in the opening round of the playoffs.

“It was a shoot out,” Vinson said of the Maury game. “That’s all it was. They have the top offense and they are a real good team.”

The versatile Vinson played tailback for the entire game, rushing 17 times for 75 yards. He projects as a wide receiver or cornerback on the next level.