It doesn't matter if he lines up at wide receiver or if he'll return kicks, either Merced College wants to get the football to Tyrell Vinson, or opponents hope he doesn't touch the football.
Its because Vinson has emerged as one of the more dangerous wide receiver/return man combinations in the state junior college football season.
Despite Merced being 2-6 overall, the Blue Devils has seen a spark in the offense with the 6-feet, 185-pound Vinson getting the ball in his hands. In the last two games, Vinson caught six passes for 202 yards and a touchdown versus Chabot College, then followed that performance up with his nine catch, 164-yard day versus Reedley College this past Saturday.
On returns, Vinson averages 25.5 yards per kick, so one reason for Merced's offensive success also stems from the field positioning Vinson puts his team in. On the year, he has 43 receptions, 796-yards, five touchdowns and an average of 18.5 yards per catch and 408 return yards.
His speed is one explanation for his big-play ability. He has an explosive get-off from the line and the last thing any defense needs is to see him in a one-on-one matchup, because Vinson will win that battle with his speed and hands.
I was also impressed with how gritty he is. He has a running back-like ability with the football as he's shown to break tackles and keep his legs pumping for the end zone, even with two defenders latched on to him. He seems unafraid to go across the middle, so he also has a possession ability to his game.
Vinson told me that so far, East Carolina and Fresno State are two schools who have shown interest. While he's not the tallest wide receiver and has trouble fighting double coverage when the ball's thrown his way, Vinson is still a big-play waiting to happen - regardless if he's on offense or special teams.
MORE ON VINSON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xytwQ7etpXY