The Texas Longhorns struck gold in the 2009 recruiting class when they signed Kenny Vaccaro, who is expected by most to start for the program at safety in the 2011 season. This week, Texas will look at another Vaccaro, with UT defensive backs coach Duane Akina expected to stop by Brownwood on Tuesday to evaluate Kenny's younger brother, Kevin Vaccaro.
Kevin Vaccaro, a cornerback, goes 5-9 and 175 pounds. Several schools from around the area have been by in recent weeks, or will stop by this week, to check out the talented junior.
"TCU came down about a week ago. Then I went to Tech for a visit and they're really interested. They've said they're thinking about offering me and they're coming down this Wednesday," Vaccaro said. "Coach Akina is coming down (on Tuesday) to watch spring ball and Louisiana Tech is coming on Friday to watch."
Vaccaro has spoken with Akina during various trips to the Forty Acres, with the UT assistant informing him that he would likely make a stop through Brownwood during the spring evaluation period.
"I've been waiting on him to come. He's said he has one offer left. I think he's looking at me and two other guys so he's coming down to watch me. They got my film late so things are just now starting to pick up," Vaccaro said. "He said when he went to Arizona for that time, if he'd seen my film, he would have offered while out there."
With Akina set to be on the sidelines on Tuesday, Vaccaro will likely have some extra adrenaline running through his body.
"I'm going to be on top of my game," Vaccaro said.
At this point, Vaccaro is still awaiting his first offer. Brownwood coach Bob Shipley told him that TCU was going to sit down as a staff and discuss how Vaccaro could fit in to its plans, and Texas Tech has expressed a strong interest as well.
Vaccaro is keeping all options open at this point, but his ties and familiarity with Texas have the Longhorns on top of his wish list.
"Texas is my number one for sure. It would probably be Texas, TCU and Texas Tech. OU came down last Monday but we were at regional track meet so I didn't get a chance to talk to them. Our coaches weren't here either. I guess they were in the area so they decided to stop by."
Vaccaro's older brother is known as a ferocious hitter from his safety spot. Kevin is being looked at as a cornerback, but he too isn't afraid to initiate contact.
"My strengths are probably that I'm not afraid to hit anybody. I feel good at coverage too, hip flexibility and getting in and out of my breaks," Vaccaro said. "I just want to get my technique down some more, my footwork. That's the most important thing for any DB."
Vaccaro is going to try to hit as many schools as possible for camp visits this summer. He'll likely decide on camp destinations after Brownwood finishes its spring football season.