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Vincent going to USC as preferred walk-on

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By Robert Howey

BUFORD – Buford High School star linebacker Noah Vincent, with a simple signing of his name, realized a lifelong goal April 20 in the Buford High School conference room.
Vincent, who has wanted to play Division I college football since he first began playing the sport at age 8, is on track.
The 6-1, 212-pounder is headed to the University of South Carolina as a preferred walk-on for the Gamecocks’ football team.
He will enroll at USC in June and pursue his dream to play at the next level.
Vincent, The Lancaster News County co-Player of the Year for high school football last season, made it official, signing as family, friends and coaches witnessed his notable moment.
“I’m excited, excited for the future because South Carolina is on the rise. Division I football is the best of the best,” said Vincent who considered a few other schools with scholarship offers, but opted to go with the Gamecocks as a preferred walk-on.  “Their facilities are really nice.
“The coaches really cared about me,” he said. “They made me feel they wanted me there.”
At Buford, Vincent has been a force in the Jackets defense.
A four-year starter, Vincent posted a banner senior season with a school-record 320 tackling points on 180 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, two sacks, an interception, a blocked kick, two broken up passes and two touchdowns.
“We’re going to miss him,” BHS head football coach Tripp Watts said.
“He was the leader of our defense. Noah’s the best I’ve ever coached here.
“South Carolina is getting a hard worker, they’re getting a good one,”
Watts said. “He’s enrolling in June which shows he wants to be there and do what it takes to be a part of the team.”
Vincent, a three-time all-region player, was the Jackets’ 2017 MVP and received the team’s Best Linebacker Award for the 7-4 BHS team which earned a Class AA playoff bid.
Vincent also earned two prestigious regional honors, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Competitor of the Year Award for the Charlotte metro area, and was awarded the Crenco Food Stores Player of the Year for York, Chester and Lancaster counties.
In addition to football, Vincent has played baseball for the Jackets for three seasons.
Vincent is also a star student, holding a 4.5 grade point average at BHS where he will graduate with honors in the class of 2018.
Vincent said the Gamecocks coaches have indicated he will have a shot to play on special teams early.
“I know it’s going to be tough, a long ride, but I’m confident,” Vincent said. “My goal is to play and earn a scholarship.”