It was almost one year ago to the day that talented 4-star cornerback David Vincent-Okoli committed to Neal Brown and the West Virginia football program.
Considering the health scare that the country has been dealing with over the last four months, this past year has likely felt extra long for Vincent-Okoli and other incoming college freshman as they’ve waited to officially start the next chapter of their life and starting college football.
This exciting time arrived this morning for Vincent-Okoli as he left his home in Gaithersburg Maryland and drove to Morgantown, West Virginia. This trip brought mixed emotions for him as he’s both excited to become a Mountaineer but knows he’s leaving home for the first time in his life.
As he was enroute to his new football home, WV Sports Now talked with Vincent-Okoli about this big day.
“We’re all excited but at the same time, I’m going to miss everybody and they’re going to miss me,” said Vincent-Okoli. “Yesterday, was the last time that I was able to spend real quality time with my family and friends. I knew eventually that this day would come so I’m ready.”
Before leaving Maryland, Vincent-Okoli had the chance to talk with his family about what’s ahead for him and they passed along some advice that he plans on following.
“They told me to stay focused and to remember and reflect as to the real reason I’m there. They also said to don’t get carried away with thinking about I’m there to play football and to focus on the academics. I have to always remember why I’m there, to stay focused and to take advantage of this opportunity that I have. In terms of football, make sure that I’m coachable and to be the best student in the film room that I can be. I need to make sure that I’m mentally prepared for college and football.”
“I’m very eager to see where I fit into the West Virginia program and to see where they plan on using me. I’m just really excited to start playing and practicing football because this coronavirus has really slowed things down. Really, who wouldn’t be excited to watch and start playing football right now. Considering everything that’s going on right now, I just really feel blessed to be able to be in the position to play football right now.”
Despite being a 4-star recruit and one of 247 Sports’ Top 175 players, Vincent-Okoli realizes that what he did in high school means nothing now and that he’ll have to prove himself and earn playing time at West Virginia.
“I feel like I’m bringing integrity, willingness to learn, being a player that’s coachable, that’s disciplined and that’s a leader. I’m going to bring a lot of things to West Virginia and am really excited to show what I have to offer.”