One of the top junior prospects in the state of Virginia is also one of the biggest. 6-6, 315-pound Vincent Painter, a left tackle for Maury High School (Norfolk, VA), has already received numerous Division 1A scholarship offers and is well on his way to being one of the most highly recruited prospects in the state, perhaps in the country.
As is typical for any offensive line standout in high school, Painter combines excellent size with very good athleticism. But what stands out the most about Painter is outstanding work ethic.
“For his size, he is very athletic and he runs real well,” Maury Head Coach Dealton Cotton said. “And he has a mission. He wasn’t a good football player coming in, but he has built himself up to be very dominant. He is a kid who continues to get better. He’s still really a baby to football.”
Painter, who only has 15 games of varsity football experience, certainly put in the time this past off-season to improve his ability.
“I looked at film and worked out at the same time,” said Painter, who earned AP Group AAA first-team all-state honors for his junior season performance. “I talked to the coaches about what I needed to improve. I ate, slept and breathed football. I have a big love for the game. This off-season, me and the other seniors have already begun to work out and study film.”
While focusing on his game, Painter is also adjusting to the attention of college recruiters.
“The schools that have offered that I know of are Virginia Tech, UVa, Clemson, Penn State, Rutgers and Georgia. And there are a bunch of others,” Painter said.
“Coming into this year, the attention from colleges was a surprise. Now, it’s just a day-by-day process.”
In terms of a timetable on a college decision, Painter says “I want to take my time in deciding on a school. I’ll probably take my official visits.”
One school does seem to stand out above the others, however.
“Virginia Tech has a lot of my interest,” Painter said. He attended camp at Virginia Tech this past summer. “I like the football program. I’ve had a chance to talk to the coaches and get to know the coaches. They are a lot like my coaches.
“I have interest in Virginia, too. I like the in-state schools. But, between Virginia and Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech has more of my interest.”
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