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Vines signs with Tennessee Tech

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Joe Vines signed his National Letter of Intent to play with Tennessee Tech today. At his ceremony, in front, from left, are grandmother Lissie James, Vines, mother Cynthia Woody. In  back are sister Kiya Barker and LHS Principal Montray Thompson.
Joe Vines signed his National Letter of Intent to play with Tennessee Tech today. At his ceremony, in front, from left, are grandmother Lissie James, Vines, mother Cynthia Woody. In back are sister Kiya Barker and LHS Principal Montray Thompson.

LaFayette High School standout wide receiver and defensive back Joe Vines signed his National Letter of Intent this morning to attend Tennessee Tech University. Vines signed his letter in the media center at LHS with his grandmother Lissie Jones, mother Cynthia Woody and sister Kiya Barker in attendance.

Vines had committed to the Golden Eagles during an official visit in early January and he said the opportunity to play right away was a big factor. “They told me I was guaranteed a starting spot next year,” he said. “I’ll come right in and start at cornerback and I’ve got the choice of going to receiver if I want too and I’ll be playing return man.”

Vines excelled in all phases of the game while playing at LaFayette. In his career he caught 30 touchdown passes and compiled nearly 2,000 yards receiving. Defensively, Vines collected 14 interceptions and forced 12 fumbles; he had an area-high six interceptions in 2012. In his four seasons at LaFayette, Vines accounted for 41 touchdowns.

Both grandma and mom were thrilled at the opportunity Vines has to play on the next level. “I love it,” Woody said.

“I told him he had a choice to pick what he wanted to pick, because when you choose what you want to choose you will be happy and you’ll put everything you got in it,” Jones added.

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