Vinnie Sunseri didn't have the high-caliber star rating that a few other Alabama safeties had, but there's a good reason for that.
Sunseri played high school ball in Tuscaloosa as a linebacker and under his father, Tide linebacker coach Sal Sunseri, he became the Tuscaloosa Terror.
Back when the star ratings were being handed out Vinnie Sunseri barely stood at 6' with cleats on. The scouting agencies couldn't justify anything higher than a three-star rating for a 5'11", 190-something-pound linebacker.
Sunseri's senior high school stats: 109 tackles, 15 for loss, five interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries. That looks like four-star talent to me.
Sunseri is now a Tide safety, and has made a big name for himself all season long.
When Mark Barron missed most of the Iron Bowl due to injury and backup Will Lowery was out with a torn ACL, Nick Saban turned to Vinnie Sunseri. He finished the game with four solo tackles, six total, more than Robert Lester.
He has the ideal physical tools (he's the heaviest safety on the roster, other than Barron) to be a top-notch safety, but it is his football smarts that will make him the starter.