Vernon Kearney – Cornerback – Lane College – 6’2″ – 185 lbs. D2 All American, Raycom All Star Game, Texas Vs Nation All Star Game
Born and raised in a small coastal town in Florida, Vernon Kearney had a childhood full of sports and recreation. Always a few steps faster than his classmates, Kearney realized at a young age that he had a knack for moving across land faster than most.
He kept his nose clean and worked hard throughout grammar school, attending Riverview High School and starring on a Rams team that was solid within their league but a bit overmatched by some of the elite Florida competition. Nonetheless, Kearney played fast and strong on every snap, always approaching every game expecting his team to come out victorious.
Kearney opted to attend Lane College, where he was a star on the football gridiron, the lanes of the track that surrounded it, and in the classroom. Lane College has an enrollment of just over 1,000 students, obviously a tiny fraction as compared to universities which field major college football programs. Selecting 50 or 60 students out of a lot of 1,000 is not an easy thing to do, and Kearney was clearly the linchpin in the Lane College attack during his junior and senior year. It is not easy to attract the attention of scouts in all corners of the nation while playing for such a small, low profile school, but Kearney has done just that and is currently preparing himself for private workouts where he will log official times in various events.
Speed, coordination, and agility are all cornerstones of Kearney’s game. Never one to rest in the off-season, Kearney was a dominant force on the Lane College track and field squad, making his way into various tournaments across the South and often doing the small school proud. He was recently chosen to play in the RAYCOM All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Alabama as well as another prestigious football game for college seniors held in Texas. Kearney’s selection to these events reserved only for the most skilled players is a testament to the fact that is truly arrived on a national stage.
As the NFL evolves, more and more players are being plucked from small colleges and given a chance to demonstrate their skills even though they may have not been seen on big-time cable television programs over the last four years. At 6’2″ with a sturdy and wiry frame and a knack for making big plays, it is entirely conceivable that Kearney will find his way onto an NFL roster this off-season and into a starting lineup in the following years.
This past season, Kearney was captain of a Dragons team that was very effective defending the pass, ranking first overall in their conference. Kearney is the perfect player to stay on the field for every down; strong and skilled enough to play bump and run and easily fast enough to cover a large zone area. He is dedicated to the cause of playing football on the professional level and is willing to do whatever it takes in order to make an impact and show coaches and scouts a return on their late round investment.