STANFORD — Vinny Morris said he didn’t have to go far from home to find the right place to play college football.
The Lincoln County senior has committed to play football for Centre College, and he said there are several reasons why he thinks the Danville school was the best choice for him.
Morris said his decision came down to Centre and Hanover, both NCAA Division III schools.
“They’re both great colleges, but I liked Centre more, and it was closer to home,” he said.
The Lincoln linebacker said he had been in contact with some time with Centre’s coaches, and particularly with head coach Andy Frye.
“Coach Frye was the one who contacted me the most. He was just always inspiring and so positive and a great speaker. I’ve got a lot of respect for them, and I don’t even technically play for them yet,” Morris said. “And coach (Carter) Conley, the linebackers, coach, he’s so full of energy.”
Morris said he also talked about the school with running backs/tight ends coach Bryan Walker, whose wife works at Lincoln.
He said he attended three games at Centre last year, including the Colonels’ win over Hampden-Sydney in the first round of the Division III playoffs.
“They were a great team, and they’re still a great team. It’s an honor to be part of them,” he said.
Morris was twice named to the Advocate’s All-Area team in linebacker, and he was chosen for the Best of the Bluegrass all-star game following a senior season in which he had 143 tackles — including 18 for losses — four sacks, two fumbles, one interception, three pass deflections and one defensive touchdown.
He will graduate this month with a grade-point average of about 4.2, and he said he is already working on preparing himself to play at Centre, having started the workout program given to him by Centre’s coaches this week.
“I’ve got a lot of running and a lot of lifting to do to be at the level I need to be at,” he said. “I got my workout from there, and I’m going to try and work hard for the team.”
He said he knows he’ll also have to work his way up from the bottom again just as he did in high school.
“I’m looking forward to it, but I’m kind of scared about getting back in as a freshman again. I’m used to being the big guy, and I’m definitely going to be working to make an impact on the team,” he said.