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Monday, May 13, 2013
2014 PSU spotlight: CB Troy Vincent

By Josh Moyer

Heading into summer, NittanyNation will look closer at the 2014 recruits who claim offers from Penn State. Today we examine athlete Troy Vincent, who should announce his decision very soon.

Vitals: CB Troy Vincent, Balitmore (Md.) Gilman, 5-foot-9, 189 pounds

Offers: He holds double-digit offers from as far west as Cal and Arizona State. Some of his top offers right now include Maryland, Michigan, Pitt, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Numbers game: His season stats weren't immediately available, but he took part in a NIKE Football Training camp, and his numbers there were above average. He ran a laser-timed 4.69 in the 40 (which would put his speed on par with PSU commit Nick Scott) and a 4.5 in the shuttle. He fared better in the vertical jump, where he registered 30.8 inches -- and he was near the top when it came to his 36.5 power throw. He had a SPARQ score of 84.9.

ESPN scouting report: "Does a good job in zone schemes playing ball to man and breaking forward on the pass with good timing and anticipation. Transitional skills are not overly smooth, but he will close with above-average quickness and burst. Breaks could be sharper to the ball, but he does a good job defending the short passing game and coming up on perimeter run support as well. Breaks down with adequate balance when tackling. Has man-to-man experience and shows he can flip his hips relatively smoothly and turn and run vertically when receivers break his cushion. Will get the yards that are there and then some more difficult ones with pure determination." -- ESPN scouting report

Memorable highlight: You can get a good idea for Vincent's anticipation and awareness at the 2:43 mark of this highlight video. With the offense in Gilman territory, Vincent lined up about seven yards from the outside receiver. He backpedaled and had to adjust when the wideout showed a crossing route. He quickly closed the gap and, then, once the QB tossed the ball, he jumped on the route and deflected the pass. He nearly came up with an interception that likely would've gone the other way.

State of the position: DB depth this season is already less of an issue than last year, but recruits in the secondary remain a point of emphasis. The Nittany Lions already have grabbed two commits here, and they're still searching for at least one more cornerback. PSU might end up with four DBs in this class if other players high atop its list decide to commit, not unlike the situation with the wide receivers. Right now, however, PSU seems intent on adding just one more.

What has caught Penn State's eye: Well, it's a laundry list of attributes. He's quick, well-coached, versatile and athletic. He's near the top of PSU's big board when it comes to defensive backs -- likely just behind ESPN 150 prospects Dravon Henry and Jabrill Peppers -- so he's a very coveted recruit. Vincent has a lot going for him here, and it certainly doesn't hurt that he's trained a lot with his father, who happens to be a five-time Pro Bowler.

What are Penn State's chances? Put him on "Commit Watch." According to a source close to Vincent, his commitment is imminent. It would be a huge upset to see Vincent land anywhere else at this point. Actually, it would be surprising if he didn't commit by the end of this week.

Quotables: "I think the coaches do a great job of taking care of the kids and building better young men, and I like the schemes they run."