Linebacker Vin Ascolese III Ready to Take on the Beasts of the SEC
For Vin Ascolese III, playing football had always been his passion. But getting to play for your grandfather, who just so happens to be the legendary coach of the team, was a dream come true. So imagine how he felt when during his senior season and in his grandfathers final year of coaching, he led North Bergen High School to the State Title.
“I always told them I would get it done for them, and I got it done,” he told Jared Ginsberg of Class Act Sports while training at DeFranco’s Gym in New Jersey.
Ascolese, a linebacker, just committed to Arkansas for the fall of 2012. The SEC is the toughest division in college football, producing the past six National Champions.
“It means a lot to me. It’s just a whole other world down there. It is a big challenge but I am ready for it. They were talking about throwing me into the fire, so that’s why they want me to come down, prepare and just be ready to go,” he said.
Ascolese, who could start right away for the Razorbacks this fall, has worked out vigorously with DeFranco to stay in shape.
“In my own opinion, he is the best trainer in the whole world and just to work out with him is an honor. Working hard, doing a bunch of explosive workouts. Basically just getting big and fast and viscous. Off the field, just in the weight room every day getting faster, getting stronger, getting ready,” Ascolese told Class Act Sports.
He is already familiar with several members of the coaching staff, which should make the transition from high school to the college game slightly easier.
“I haven’t talked to [head coach John Smith] yet because he just got hired, but I have a really close with the linebackers coach and the defensive coordinator, and coach Paul Petrino. Started watching film, so I’ll be ready when I get down there,” he said.
He helped turn around North Bergen’s season with his defensive play, and explained how he was able to do that.
“It’s all about reading your keys. Being in the right place at the right time to make the tackle,” Ascolese told Class Act Sports.