Sunday, January 13, 2002

Reading receiver selects Bearcats




By Mark Schmetzer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        For the first time in Ken Minor's 29 years as Reading's head football coach, he is sending a Blue Devil to the University of Cincinnati football team.

        Minor confirmed Saturday that wide receiver Charlie Vample made a verbal commitment to the Bearcats following his visit to the campus last week.

        “I had a long talk with him this week,” Minor said.

        Minor was in Florida with running back DeShawn Wynn, who was making an official visit to the University of Florida. “He (Vample) really, really liked his visit,” Minor said. “He bummed with (Bearcats quarterback) Gino Guidugli.”

        The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Vample already had made official visits to Indiana and Alabama, and he canceled visits to Eastern Michigan and Akron, Minor said.

        “Everybody thought he was going to go with DeShawn, but DeShawn hasn't made up his mind yet,” Minor said.

        Vample scored 14 touchdowns for Reading this past season, including three on punt returns, two on kickoff returns and one on a reverse. He caught 28 passes for 644 yards during the regular season.

        Vample runs a 4.55-second 40-yard dash, Minor said.

        “Jumping is one of his real strengths,” Minor said. “He can leap up and go get the ball. We used to practice that one play where you leap up and try to goal-tend a field goal. We almost tried it in a game once, but I almost got into a fight with my defensive coordinator.”

       



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