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Vince Vance mother’s Jeanette Webb and godmother Kecia Campbell stood with him when he signed his letter to attend Georgia Military College in 2005. - photo by Courier file photo
If you can picture an elite beast weighing about a ton and standing at over 30 feet, then you have just envisioned the 2007 Georgia Bulldog offensive line that will include a Hinesville native named Vince Vance.
At 6-foot-8 and weighing in at 310 pounds, Vance has the aptitude of delivering some crushing blows to his SEC opponents to keep them at bay.  
While at Bradwell Institute and the Georgia Military College, Vance consistently won acclaim from his coaches who could easily see his potential.  
GMC has credibility too that has drawn many scouts to their team.  
Their reputation includes an NJCAA title in 2001, a second place finish in 2002, eight top 20 rankings since 1994 and more than 200 players recruited to four-year colleges since the GMC reinstated football in 1991.    
Jim Walsh, Bradwell’s athletic director and football coach, said, “There are some that play solely on their athleticism, and there are some who are students of the game. Vince was and continues to be a student of the game.”
Jeff Miller, Vance’s defensive coordinator at Bradwell, had many glowing remarks as well when he made it to the NJCAA.
“When he wasn’t making plays, he allowed a lot of other people to make them because he forced a lot of teams to double team him,” Miller said.  “...he played big, he played to his size.”
During his time at Bradwell, Vance played on the defensive line but made the transition to offense at GMC. 
“The smartest thing we did was put him on offense,” said GMC assistant coach Jeff Tatum. “He willingly accepted the position change and I think he has a lot of potential due to how quickly he can move in light of his size.”
In terms of him progressing in the SEC, Walsh believes that it will come down to him picking up the system and picking up the new techniques because playing on the o-line can be the most difficult role of a football player.
Vance’s mother, Jeanette Webb, was always hopeful for her son and her belief in him has paid off. 
When Vance was signed to the GMC two years ago, his mother said, “I think with it’s discipline, that will help him get ready for a division I college.  I’m glad they picked him up.  But for me, the whole thing was getting his scholarship and chance to get his education...I know he’ll be successful.”
During that junior college signing, Vance thanked God for his talent, family, friends, teammates, teachers and coaches. 
“Vince was always a very coachable and humble person,” Walsh said. “I am not surprised about his progress and I think he has the talent of taking over the starting spot.”
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