December 20, 2001

Justin Vincent Mulls his Options

Justin Vincent definitely has a lot more to think about now, after visiting Wisconsin last weekend. The 6-foot, 205-pound running back from Lake Charles (LA.) Barbe High School has committed to LSU, but he could change his mind before it's all over.

"There's no doubt I'm going to give it some thought. I had a great time at Wisconsin," Vincent said. "They showed me what they can offer me. As of right now, I'm still solid with LSU, but I'm not saying I'm not thinking about Wisconsin at the same time."

Vincent was hosted by Robert Brooks, and said he immediately felt like he fit in with the team and the coaching staff. He also liked Wisconsin's computer programming and academic offerings, which will play a big role in his decision.

"Wisconsin is known for its academics just about as well as it's known for its football team," Vincent said. "That's a plus in my book."

Vincent said he feels very comfortable at LSU and knows many of its players well, but he's going to weigh his initial decision versus Wisconsin heavily over the holidays.

And don't expect a final decision from Vincent anytime soon.

"I'm going to talk to my family about my experience at Wisconsin, my experience at LSU and what both schools have to offer, as far as playing time and academics," Vincent said. "I'm just going to ride it out. I don't have to decide (on Signing Day). I might just wait everything out and make sure I'm making the right decision. This is a lifetime thing here."

Vincent estimated making his final decision sometime in mid-to-late February. He said it's a very tough call because he feels good about both schools. It might come down to where he thinks he can play right away.

"Wisconsin told me, no doubt, I could come in and make an impact, come in and work hard and learn the system," Vincent said. "Because I'm bigger than Anthony Davis, but they said he showed them with that 5-8 frame that he can do just as good as a big back. So he's going to play. If I want to come, they'd put us on a rotation system."



 

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