August 13, 2010

Sunseri high on Tide's 2011 class

While several of the Crimson Tide's commitments for the class of 2011 have been quite vocal about their dedication to Alabama, none have been more vocal than Vinnie Sunseri. The son of Tide assistant coach Sal Sunseri, the three-star linebacker out of Northridge High School has continued to grow and develop over the summer both mentally and physically (he now stands at 6-foot, 215-pounds) and is preparing to take on an expanded role for his senior season.

"We're pretty much all installed at this point. Right now, we're just fine tuning everything and getting ready for our big scrimmage against Hoover," Sunseri said. "Even though it's only a scrimmage, our guys are all really excited about the chance to get on the field with a team like Hoover. We think it's going to be a great test for us to see just competitive we can be with an elite team like that."

After accounting for 107 tackles and five interceptions last season, Sunseri wants to continue to be relied upon by his teammates as a key playmaker as well as a leader who helps other players step up as well.

"I want to be a playmaker for the team but I also want to help other guys around me make plays too. I'm going to be at linebacker, safety and running back this year depending on the situation and I'm really trying to put some pressure on myself to step up to that challenge. I want to finish first in every sprint. I want to do everything I can to make my coaches and my teammates have confidence in me to make a play when the team needs one."

As a recruit, Sunseri has already seen some of the friends he's made on the recruiting trail join him at the Capstone. Two of those friends recently committed to the Tide in Ohio stars Ryan Kelly and Trey DePriest.

"Ryan Kelly and I talk a good bit. We're going to try and do our official visits at the same time. Same with Trey DePriest. I really identify with both of those guys. As soon as we all met, we really hit it off and found we had a lot in common. The thing we all had most in common was football. We all love the game, not just playing it but thinking about it, learning about it. They are all great guys and I can't wait to have them as teammates."

Sunseri expressed a great deal of optimism about the Tide's 2011 class and said he believes it has the potential to be one of the best the school has seen.

"There are some other guys out there I've met at the camps and other events that I feel the same kind of connection with. This class for Alabama isn't just full of great players. They are all guys with a lot of character and a great desire to be a part of a special team. I think by signing day, this could definitely be a really special class."

Sunseri is rated as the No. 32 overall prospect in the state of Alabama.

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