The train of recruiting success just keeps on rolling down the tracks for head coach Bill O’Brien and the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Just a few hours ago, O’Brien and staff learned that they had landed the services of one of the more sought after cornerbacks in the country, Troy Vincent. And yes, if this name sounds familiar, he is indeed the son of former NFL and Philadelphia Eagles CB Troy Vincent .
Vincent, out of Baltimore, Md., is a four-star composite rated CB according to 247Sports, and was heavily recruited throughout the country. Recently, his offer list consisted of the Arizona State Sun Devils, Michigan Wolverines, Cal Golden Bears and also the school his father attended, the Wisconsin Badgers. But, while visiting today on campus, Vincent decided that Happy Valley is where he wants to continue his football career after high school.
After rumors the past several weeks that the CB was leaning towards Penn State, fans can certainly rest a little easier now tonight after this confirmation.
At 5-10 and near the 190-pound range, Vincent is a physical corner with tremendous speed down down the field. He’s rarely been known to get beat on the deep ball and has incredible break once the ball is released. Run-tackling is probably something that can be worked on as time moves on, but otherwise, he has the all-around tools to be a very successful BCS-level corner.
And, if O’Brien feels like switching things up a little bit, Vincent is also a standout receiver. Many scouts have pointed out that he can easily play wideout at the next level if he needed to. Could we see a future two-way player in Penn State’s future?
This is now the 12th commitment for the 2014 Penn State recruiting class.
Jack is a College Football Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS