February 22, 2001

Justin Vincent Profile

One of the top running backs in Louisiana for the 2002 recruiting campaign is Justin Vincent (6-0, 195, 4. 4) from Barbe High School in Lake Charles. Several coaches used the remaining recruiting weeks of January to talk with the talented back.

LSU head coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M assistant Shawn Slocum visited with Vincent and both offered scholarships. Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida are sending letters frequently.

Vincent was selected to the All-State team after his junior season. He totaled close to 2000 all-purpose yards with 1,435 yards rushing, (5. 5 yards per carry) with 32 touchdowns. Vincent also had close to 400 yards receiving out of the backfield and a 24-yard kick return average.

“He can do it all and he’s a good receiver, “said Barbe head coach Jimmy Shaver.

The running back was asked where he plans on camping this summer, “Most likely I’ll be going to LSU…maybe Texas A&M and I plan on going back to the Louisiana Tech combine. ”  

Vincent camped the past two summers at the University of Georgia. According to Vincent he doesn’t currently have plans to go back this summer. He received the outstanding defensive back award at the Georgia camp following his freshman season.

“I’ve been to their camp the past two summers.   I’ve been looking into their background and they’ve recruited a lot of running backs,“ said Vincent.

Nick Saban offered Vincent a scholarship in January.   “He was like, I’ve been recommended to him as a great student athlete.   He looked at film on me and he was like, I like your moves, you remind me of number 35 we have right now.  He asked me who that was and I said, yeah Josh Reed, “ said Vincent.

Texas A&M is the other school that has offered Vincent.   The Aggies have also offered his cornerback teammate Ivan Stephenson (6-1, 190, 4. 5). Vincent was unsure if Saban extended an offer to Stephenson, “I’m not sure because we went in there at separate times and me and him did not talk about it but they did want us to come up to the camp. They said that they really couldn’t watch cornerbacks on film.  They like to see them in person. ”

Vincent and Stephenson will join several top recruits in a junior day at LSU this Saturday. They will receive academic information and a tour of the campus. That will be followed by a trip to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to watch the LSU basketball team play Mississippi State.

“I’m looking for a good academic program because I want to major in Computer Science. I think LSU is very good in that field,“ commented Vincent.

Vincent has a 2. 6 grade point average and he’s currently awaiting the results of his first attempt at the ACT last month. “I think I did pretty good, “ said Vincent.

Look for the recruitment of Vincent to be very heated.   He’s one of the South’s top prospects and one of only a few players in Louisiana to get an early scholarship offer from Nick Saban.  

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