October 2, 2007

Colorado trip exceeded Vigo's expectations

Paul Vigo took his first official visit out to Colorado this past weekend with two of his New Brunswick (N.J.) High teammates, four-star athlete Brandon Smith and defensive end Marquise Hamm.

"It was actually way different from what I expected," expressed Vigo. "I expected it to be a little slow out there with it being out there in the West. But it was totally the opposite of that. I loved the atmosphere out there. It was a great experience and I'm glad I went. Their upset over Oklahoma was crazy. It was a great game."

Senior cornerback Terrence Wheatley and freshman safety Anthony Perkins served as Vigo's player hosts for the weekend. He also spent a lot of time with assistant director of on-campus recruiting Jashon Sykes.

"They had offered me a full ride already," Vigo said when asked about the Buffaloes' level of interest in him. "They said they would either put me at weakside linebacker or strong safety. I had meetings with both coaches and they said they were really excited to have me out there.

"Speed wise, I think I could compete over there. They told me I would have a good chance at playing time if I compete. They play a lot of their freshmen. They had a few of their true freshmen playing in that game against Oklahoma."

Was Vigo tempted to commit on his visit to Colorado?

"I wasn't tempted to commit but I told my family when I got back how much I liked it," he said. "I liked the scenery, how the coaches welcomed us, how the players accepted us in and how they have a strong bond out there. They have a great deal with NIKE, too. That really impressed us."

Vigo has talked a lot with Smith and Hamm about going to the same college.

"We always talk about going to the same school," he said. "We always planned on doing that. That was a dream of ours. But whatever happens happens. Like I said, I'm really interested in Colorado. Marquise and Brandon, they enjoyed the trip as well."

Rutgers, Syracuse, UConn and Eastern Michigan are also recruiting Vigo.

"Right now I'm favoring Rutgers and Colorado," he stated. "I really did enjoy myself at Colorado. It was cooler than I expected. I am really considering them heavily. I also don't want to close the book on Eastern Michigan. I am trying to reschedule an official visit with them."

Vigo is playing running back, linebacker and also returning kicks for New Brunswick this season. The Zebras are off to a 2-1 start with wins over South Plainfield and Teaneck.

Vigo recorded 125 tackles on defense and rushed for 800 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior.

"I see myself probably starting out at safety when I get to college and then once I put on a few more pounds I could see myself moving to outside linebacker," Vigo said. "I have the speed to stay at safety, but I really love the linebacker position. I love contact and being up there to stop the run."

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