February 11, 2009

Vincent eyes CSU's psychology program

When Colorado State head football coach Steve Fairchild held his signing day press conference to talk about the incoming class of 2009, he mentioned that wrestlers generally make good offensive lineman. While Fairchild wasn't quoted to say the same about defense, the understanding is there and one of the top 2010 defensive linemen from the state of Kansas, Lucas Vincent, spends his Spring as a wrestler.

"I think wrestling helps with your quickness and your coordination," said Vincent on Wednesday following wrestling practice. "It really helps you learn to get by somebody on the line as well."

Vincent, a 6-foot-3, 267 pound defensive end from Olathe (KS) North says that other than wrestling during the off season, he is going to 68 Inside Sports in Overland Park to help prepare him for his senior season in which his personal goal is to be named to the Class 6A Top 11.

"I'll be going to 68 Sports and working out there … I also want to make sure I get better on my defensive assignments, sticking to the right holes."

As a junior in 2008, Vincent acquired 49 tackles, 12 of which were for lost yardage, nine sacks, and three pass break ups from his strongside defensive end spot. He helped lead the Olathe North Eagles to an 8-3 recording before losing 10-6 to Lawrence Free State High School in the Kansas Class 6A quarterfinals.

Vincent won't stand for mediocrity and vowels to help lead his team to a better season in 2009.

"I wanna win the state championship, it has been my goal since I was seven years old. I want to bring it back to North."

Right now, the two-sport athlete is mainly hearing from Colorado State, Nebraska and nearby Kansas. Vincent went to the Nebraska junior day last week and was pleased with what he saw.

Despite the great facilities and tradition Nebraska has, Vincent is eying something else when it comes down to where he will spend his college career at.

"I'm honestly not that familiar with the Colorado State program, but my high school psychology teacher tells me that CSU has one of the best psychology programs in the nation and that's what I'm looking to major in.

"I know I'm going to play football in college, but I'm really going there to get my education."

He has no other connections to the state of Colorado.

Vincent, who hasn't been told whether he will play defensive end or tackle in college, brings to the table something that most people don't expect from his nearly 270 pound body frame.

"Judging from my size, most people don't think I'm that fast, but once I explode off the line people are usually surprised."

Fort Collins will have to wait until the 2009 season to see this big bruiser make a visit to Hughes Stadium as he will not be able to attend junior day due to conflicts with the state wrestling tournament in Kansas.

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