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RTT#3 Brent Vinson: reviewing the class of 2007

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RTT#3 Brent Vinson's initial right-out-of-high-school profile:

The nutshell on Vinson's journey to Tennessee is that he was sort of vicariously recruited by Bruce Pearl (Pearl lured Duke Crews, one of Vinson's best friends), was ruled academically ineligible, and then, by his own admission, entered Hargrave Military Academy as a boy and a good football player and emerged both a man and a very highly touted five-star treasure.

As his initial profile shows, Vinson was recruited as a wide receiver, but the combination of the need at defensive back and Vinson's clear talent drew him to early playing time at the cornerback position. Cornerback stats are much more difficult to measure than those of running backs, receivers, or quarterbacks, but my recollection is that Vinson did quite well, and the stats that are available seem to back that assessment up. Vinson had 37 total tackles, seven "passes defended," and one interception (against Arkansas State). It looks like his best game was against Alabama (seven total tackles, six of which were solos), and who doesn't like that?

Games
Played
Int. Ret.
Tackles
Passes
Defended
No
Yds
TD
Ast
Solo
Asst
Loss
Solo
Loss
Loss
Yds
14
1
0
0
8
29
0
0
0
7