‘I am … LSU’: MHS’ Vincent plans to don purple and gold

Published 7:26 pm Sunday, July 24, 2016

For a minute-and-a-half, the anticipation only continued to build.

That’s about the length of the online video Kary Vincent Jr. appeared on to announce his verbal college commitment. It was only toward the end his final selection was revealed, following highlights of a workout and game action.

“I am … family,” Vincent said on the video. “I am … friends. And now, I am … LSU.”

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The Port Arthur Memorial four-star cornerback announced Sunday evening his commitment to LSU for the 2017 season. Vincent picked the Tigers over Texas A&M, TCU, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State.

His father Kary Sr., an assistant coach at Memorial, played for Texas A&M in the late 1980s and early 1990s and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in 1992.

CampusInsiders.com released the video Sunday. Vincent posted the video on his Twitter account.

“I knew LSU was the place my first time on campus,” Vincent told Campus Insiders. “It’s very family oriented. I have a great connection with the coaches, and I feel they can help me get to where I need to be.”

Vincent, who was ranked 22nd on the ESPN 300 list for the class of 2017 as of Monday night, is coming off a state championship in the 200 meters in the 6A state track and field meet in May. Among those ranked above him on the ESPN 300, 14th-ranked offensive tackle Austin Deculus of Cypress-Fairbanks and 17th ranked defensive tackle Tyler Shelvin of Crowley, La., also chose the Tigers.

“That’s a good deal for him,” Memorial coach Kenny Harrison said. “LSU is a first-class organization, and the one good thing from his standpoint is both his mother and father will get an opportunity to see him play because Baton Rouge isn’t too far from here. I think that was big for him.”

Vincent’s announcement comes one month after Memorial quarterback Kadon Harrison in June chose Louisiana-Lafayette. High school seniors can sign letters of intent with their universities as early as next February.

LSU is a program that fits the speedy Vincent’s game, known for producing high-profile defensive backs in the past decade such as Arizona Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson and safety Tyrann Mathieu and Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne. Mathieu was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy in 2011. In fact, Vincent called LSU “the only DBU.”

“Coach [Les] Miles compares my game to that of Tyrann Mathieu,” Vincent told Campus Insiders. “[Miles] feels I can have the same — if not a bigger — impact on the program.”

LSU went 9-3 last season and beat Texas Tech 56-27 in the Texas Bowl.

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