Catching Up With The Committed
Olivier Vernon
Olivier Vernon
Southeastern Recruiting Manager
Posted Oct 10, 2008


Olivier Vernon made a decision that he thought was a no-brainer. However, once the #9 rated Defensive End realized that the world (in fact) did not end at the Dade County line, a world of possibilities became available. Add to this the fact that several major BCS powers covet his services and you have the recipe for some major recruiting drama.

Olivier Vernon made a decision that he thought was a no-brainer.  He had grown up in the backyard of one of the top teams in the country and figured that it was his duty to play for the team that had captured his heart and his loyalty as a young child.  However, once the #9 rated Defensive End realized that the world (in fact) did not end at the Dade County line, a world of possibilities was made available.  Add to this the fact that several major BCS powers coveted his services, and it is easy to see how the Hialeah-American Senior (FL) star began having second thoughts.  Scout caught up to the playmaking DE to get the latest on the season and recruiting.  

 

Olivier Vernon

Vernon has become a hot prospect and has cooled on his commitment to the 'Canes

How is the season going?

"We're 1-4 but I haven’t been playing," he said.  "I got hurt the first game when I rolled my ankle."

How is that?

"I'm rehabbing it and it's getting better.

Are you expected back soon?

"I'm not trying to rush into it and hurt myself more," he shared.  "When I am 100%, I’ll come back."

In a bit a of a shocker, you backed off a bit on your commitment to Miami.  How does that stand and where do you go from here?

"I am still a soft verbal," he said.  "And I am going to take my visits during the season, so I can make sure about everything."

My decision will come after those visits, but since I'm graduating early, I will have to make it after my last visit.  I would say probably in December."

You have mentioned visits that you will be taking in an attempt to make the right decision.  Can you tell me where you will go and then add a few words about the school?          

              

 

Florida State—staying in contact, trying to show me what they have to offer up there.

USF—coaches cool—want to see what they got….don't know too much about them yet. 

Alabama—want to know more

LSU—talked to Coach Henson (TE), and I like the academics...

Wisconsin or Pitt—trying to decide

Miami—that drew me in that they're in my backyard...I grew up following them and have already gone on an unofficial visit. I was kind of amazed and it really blew me away

 

It has been my experience that early decisions often carry a lot of weight, similar to the phenomenon of "first love".  While some prospects get caught up in the moment and make rash decisions, most make that decision based on years of having invested quite a bit of loyalty.  Vernon seems like an intelligent young man and he will certainly do his homework on this one. 

In the meantime, so will we.

  

Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.


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