Football Recruiting

Kenny Vaccaro: ‘Wide Open’

Not long ago, Brownwood defensive back Kenny Vaccaro was close to giving his commitment to the University of Texas. But Vaccaro has since backed off and is now “wide open” when it comes to recruiting. Which schools are after him and where does he stand with the Longhorns?
Brownwood defensive back Kenny Vaccaro went to Texas’ first Junior Day on February 10th and came away impressed with what he saw, so impressed that he planned on returning to Austin for the Longhorns’ second Junior Day on the 23rd. But something else came up that derailed his plans.

“I went to a track meet in Stephenville,” said Vacarro. “My (track) coach said that with baseball and soccer they weren’t going to have anyone and they needed me, so I went and competed in that.”

Vaccaro does plan on taking another visit, however, so he can see Texas practice for himself.

“I’m going to come back, so I can see what they’re doing with the DBs and see the players in action, on the field of play.”

Previously, Vaccaro told Inside Texas he was considering giving Mack Brown his commitment to play football for Texas and would do so if things went well at Saturday’s Junior Day, but his plans have since changed.

“I’m feeling real good about Texas, but right now I’m wide open,” said Vaccaro.

What was the reason behind the change? Vaccaro said that he was so excited after his visit to Texas that he wanted to return to Austin and give his commitment, but after spending some time thinking about it, he came to the conclusion he didn’t want to make his decision too quickly.

“I had ants in my pants,” said Vaccaro. “After I went to OU, I had ants in my pants, wanting to commit. But I talked with my mom and decided to take my time and then Texas impressed me even more and I was wanting to commit to Texas.”

Vaccaro has now decided to take his time with the recruiting process, especially with the attention he’s starting to receive.

“USC said they’re going to come and see me and Florida’s showing interest,” said Vaccaro.

So, when will we know where Vaccaro will be playing his college ball?

“Probably in the summer, maybe August, before the football season so I can focus on it.”

His top schools right now are Texas, Oklahoma, USC and Florida. For now, Vaccaro is just taking his time and dealing with the wild recruiting process as it comes. However, Vaccaro said he doesn’t mind it because of the opportunity he’s been presented with.

“It’s just a blessing to not have to pay for college and have opportunities my mom and dad didn’t have and with all the offers, I have options,” said Vacarro. “I’m getting ones from schools I like and I can go where I want to.”

Vaccaro now holds nine scholarship offers and there will likely be more on the way. Last season, Vaccaro posted 110 tackles and 7 INT’s as a junior, earning first team all 16-4A honors along with first team All-Big Country and Honorable Mention All-State.