January 31, 2008
Brownwood safety a hot property
One thing Kenny Vaccaro is used to is being in the spotlight. Having burst onto the scene as a sophomore, earning a starting job in his first year on varisty, all eyes have been on Vaccaro as he's been a general nuisance to offenses ever since.
"Well, let's see, as far as stats go, I know my sophomore year I had somewhere around 85 tackles," he answered. "Then this last year, basically our defense was designed around me, so I had 105 tackles and 5 interceptions. We are a 4A team, but we're really small, we're not as big as the schools in our district, so my teammates relied on me a lot, which made me grow up in a hurry."
And it's a good thing he's used to the attention, because thanks to his dominance on the field, Vaccaro is generating quite a bit of buzz on the recruiting trail, a trend that's not likely to end anytime soon.
"It's been absolutely crazy since I got back from the All-American combine out in San Antonio," laughed the 2009 prospect. "We had sent out my film right before I went and ever since I got back it's just been a little bit crazy."
Though Vaccaro is listed as a cornerback, it might be better to think of him as an athlete.
"Well, they put me at safety for most of the year, but when the other team had a great receiver, they'd just man me up on them, so I guess that's why some people are look at me as a corner," he explained. "But I think most schools are thinking safety because of the way I hit. But I don't care, when I get on a team, I'll just do whatever they need me to do."
But don't just think of Vaccaro as a defensive player, as the standout's lone offer at this point came as a result of an offensive display.
"Actually TCU offered me this morning," he said on Wednesday night. "They came and watched me and all I did was receiver drills and they offered me, so I guess they offered me as an athlete. I think if I played receiver I could do that, because I feel like my hands are as good as anyone else's, but I do like to hit people."
Vaccaro is getting a lot of mail from schools across the country, but has a few schools that stand out to him at this point.
"I'll be going to Houston's junior day," he said. "Then I've got Baylor's junior day, then North Texas', then Texas and Texas Tech's junior days, so hopefully I'll make all of those."
With a top four of Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Texas, and Texas A&M in no particular order, it's safe to say that Vaccaro's recruitment is going to be a heated battle.
Stay tuned to RedRaiderSports.com for the latest in Vaccaro's recruitment.
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