Sunseri wins another national title with Tide

Former Marvin Ridge star projects as a first-round pick
Jan. 08, 2013 @ 05:27 PM

MONROE — Just a sophomore, former Marvin Ridge High star Vinnie Sunseri is now a two-time national championship.

Sunseri, a strong safety, had two tackles in Alabama’s 42-14 win over Notre Dame during Monday Night’s BCS National Championship game in Miami.

He finished with 54 tackles on the season, which ranked fourth on the team, and also had two interceptions.

Sunseri had 30 tackles as a true freshman in 2011. He has played in all 27 games since arriving on campus, helping the Crimson Tide post a 25-2 record.

Sunseri played three seasons of varsity football at Marvin Ridge from 2007-09, making all-Union County all three times.

As a junior, Sunseri was named Union County’s defensive player of the year when he had 103 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five interceptions.

He played his final high school season in Tuscaloosa, Ala., because his dad was the linebackers coach for the Crimson Tide at the time.

Sunseri, listed at 6-1 and 215 pounds, is an NFL prospect.

He is rated the No. 1 strong safety for the 2015 draft by cbssports.com and nfldraftscout.com.

The 2014 mockdrafthq.com site has Sunseri being selected 16th in the first round if he comes out as a junior, and draftsite.com projects Sunseri as the 26th pick of the first round in 2014.

Sunseri was one of six former Union County high school players who participated in bowl games this season, inlcluding two each from Marvin Ridge, Weddington and Monroe.

Pittsburgh senior QB Tino Sunseri (Weddington) played in the Compass Bowl; Duke sophomores Jamison Crowder and Issac Blakeney (Monroe) contributed in the Belk Bowl; Duke sophomore QB Anthony Boone (Weddington) also played in the Belk Bowl and South Carolina freshman KJ Brent (Marvin Ridge) got in the game at the Outback Bowl.