April 26, 2010
Sunseri nabs Tide offer
Alabama assistant coach Sal Sunseri has made a name for himself as one of the top assistant coaches in the nation and now his son, Northridge linebacker Vinnie Sunseri is making his own splash in the world of college football as a recruit. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound inside linebacker holds multiple offers, including one from the defending national champions.
"The main three that I'm really interested in right now are Alabama, Louisville and Pittsburgh," Sunseri said. "I have offers from all three and there are things I really love about all three schools right now."
The young linebacker said that family connections won't be a unique advantage for Alabama, since his brother Tino currently plays for Pitt.
"I've always wanted to play for my dad but at the same time, I've always wanted to play with my brother too. That's why I've decided to keep my family out of the decision. I can't choose between those two opportunities so I really have to make my decision based on the schools themselves regardless of my family connections. I'll look at the academics, the current players they have, and the tradition at each program."
While Alabama and Pitt have both made strong impressions on Sunseri so far, Louisville has made a strong push with an opportunity for early playing time.
"The thing I like about Louisville is that Coach Strong likes me for the player I am, not because my dad is a coach. That means a lot to me and Coach Strong and I have made a good connection so far. Louisville also has a great opportunity for me to come in and compete for playing time at linebacker right away."
Sunseri said Alabama's coaches have told him they have a number of ideas for how best to utilize his talent
"All the schools have told me they like my potential as a linebacker but Coach Saban has mentioned that he'd also look at playing me as an H-back on offense or possibly at the 'Money' position on defense."
The junior star plans on putting an end to the recruiting process sometime at the end of the summer.
"I get out of school in late May so right after that, my mom and I will hit the road and visit Pitt and Louisville and try to get a better feel for those schools. I want to try and make a decision before August so that I can play my senior year without worrying about recruiting."
Sunseri boast a 4.6 forty time.
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