February 20, 2009

Vincent sees his options increase daily

If there is such as thing as being a kid in a college football version of a candy store, it may be Olathe (Kan.) North High defensive end Lucas Vincent. The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Vincent is hearing from a virtual who's who of college football as he readies for a regional wrestling tournament this weekend that could launch him to the state wrestling tournament.

As of Wednesday, Vincent has scholarship offers from Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State. He is also talking to Colorado State, Oklahoma, Dartmouth, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa State. Kansas State has him set to come to a Junior Day on March 7. The school list is impressive and currently Vincent says he is enjoying the recruiting ride. He does have some thoughts on the sort of school he is hoping to attend.

"I want to be close enough that my parents and family can see me play and of course I want playing time," Vincent says. "In a school - I am looking for a school that if I walk into a place to get a job and they see that you have a degree from that school, they will feel good about hiring you."

Last season Vincent helped Olathe North to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals of the state football tournament. Along the way, he accumulated 195 defensive points and a team-high nine sacks.

"My strengths are my explosiveness off the line and my ability to get off a block are my strengths as a defensive end," Vincent says.

While the football season is in the books, Vincent is keeping himself busy as the top-ranked wrestler in Kansas' Class 6-A. Going into this weekend's regional meet, he is three wins away from his 100th career victory and has pinned every wrestler in his region already this season. Vincent is 26-1 overall and says his "go-to," move is a club to the back of the head followed by a double-leg takedown.

"This is probably going to be my last year wrestling and I'd like to go out as a state champion," Vincent said.
Despite the tremendous names on his list of schools, Vincent says he does have some interest in learning more about the Colorado State football program. He wants to major in psychology and believes CSU has a tremendous program in that field.

"I know Coach Fairchild coached in the NFL and is obviously a good coach and I am interested in meeting him," Vincent says. "I kind of want to come down there and check it out."

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