Sophomore, Safety, 6'1", 217 lbs.
To quell the rumors, Vinnie Sunseri will not be following his father, Sal, to Tennessee. Why would he, anyway? Alabama is poised to make a run for a title every single year and the young Sunseri is likely about to become a starter.
Sunseri outplayed his fellow freshman safety, 5-star Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, the entire year on special teams and earned himself solid playing time behind Mark Barron. Clinton-Dix will likely move to cornerback anyway, in my opinion.
Barron is finally headed for the NFL and leaves quite a void behind him. Under Nick Saban, I don't think I've seen a player pick up the defensive scheme as quickly as Sunseri has, and I fully expect him to succeed Mark Barron. He's played almost flawlessly on special teams as well, throwing key blocks and never missing a lane.
With Will Lowery out with a torn ACL, Sunseri participated heavily in the Iron Bowl while Mark Barron dealt with an injury, and was the No. 1 backup safety in the national championship as well.
Sunseri didn't accumulate a tackle in the game, but that's understandable as it seemed like LSU was punting on every other play. With virtually no opposing offense, Sunseri didn't have a chance to do much.
He's already displayed his ability to commit brutal hits on ball carriers, blockers and would-be tacklers alike.
Vinnie Sunseri is almost identical in size to Mark Barron, who also became a starter as a sophomore.
2009, Barron's first year as a starter, was supposed to be a "rebuilding" year for the Tide with a rookie quarterback (Greg McElroy) and a 3-star running back (Mark Ingram).
Vinnie Sunseri hopes to take the same path as Mark Barron in his first year as a starter: a path to the BCS National Championship Game.
He'll make a great wing man for Robert Lester.
Some may think Will Lowery will be the next starting safety, but his physical abilities aren't quite what the team needs as a full-time safety. It pains me to say that, as he's my favorite player on the team, but he will be invaluable to the team regardless.
There have been rumors that Lowery will not play next year due to his injury, but his Twitter profile states otherwise: "Entering my senior year and last season of football at the University of Alabama. Finance major and defensive back for the Crimson Tide. Roll Tide!"