Scout 300 CB Has a Busy Spring Ahead

Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) Scout 300 CB Troy Vincent Jr. was one of over 100 players who participated in the NFL Prep 100 series camp held in Baltimore, Md. over the weekend. He spoke to TSR about his experience, his recent visit to Maryland and the latest on his recruiting process.

OWINGS MILLS, MD--This past weekend over 100 players participated in the NFL Prep 100 series camp, sponsored by NFL Player Engagement and VTO Sports. The camp is designed to help develop student-athletes both on and off the field.

One of those participants was Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) Scout 300 cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Vincent said he had a great experience at the event.

"I loved it. You work harder out here because everyone is competing," said Vincent. "That is the best part. It keeps you hungry because everyone is out here working; everybody wants to be that guy at the end of the day."

Aside from competing on the field, Vincent's biggest takeaway of the weekend was a message from 17-year NFL veteran Irving Fryar, who is a member of the NFL Prep 100 series staff.

"He said we have choices, decisions and consequences that was the best part, just that message right there," said Vincent. "We have to make choices, decisions and consequences. When you make good choices, and good decisions, good consequences come out of it and then vice-versa. That was the best part for me."

One big choice ahead for Vincent is his college decision. The four-star cornerback is one of the region's top prospects with an extensive offer list. With all the interest, Vincent said that he's hearing from three schools more than the rest.

"I hear from Maryland a lot, "said Vincent. "Maryland, Georgia Tech and North Carolina are probably the top three coming at me the hardest right now."

Vincent is very familiar with the Terps program and said he has a good relationship with head coach Randy Edsall.

"I like coach Edsall and what he's doing with the program," said Vincent. "He doesn't play around and he doesn't accept foolishness and I appreciate that in a head coach and a leader."

Vincent has been to College Park numerous times and he made a recent trip back to Maryland for spring practice last week.

"I met with the coaches, I sat in on meetings and watched practice," said Vincent. "They were just seeing how things were going, how the team was going to look for next year and what my plans were moving forward."

Vincent's plan looks like it will include Maryland for now.

"Maryland is fine with me, my parents like them, I like them," said Vincent. "Academically it's a great school. I actually want to study law, so they offer the things I want to pursue."

When it does come time to make a decision, one thing that will be important to Vincent is his relationship with his coaches.

"I think I have a good relationship with all the schools I talk to. That is really the most important for me, "said Vincent. "Right now, I am just focused on building those relationships because academically I know where each school stands and athletically D1 is D1 so I am looking at the coaching staffs and the people that will really impact my life moving forward."

If Vincent needs any guidance on the process he has a great resource in his three-time NFL all-pro father, Troy Vincent. However, the younger Vincent says his dad is letting him call the shots when it comes to his own future.

"My dad doesn't want to be that kind of helicopter dad that is making all the decisions," said Vincent. "My dad says if he feels like a school isn't a good fit for me he might not encourage it, but at the same time he is open to all my decisions because I am not picking a school off of colors or their record. I want to get my education that is the most important thing for me, but I do want to play at a high level."

As far as visits are concerned, Vincent hopes to attend Maryland's spring game on Friday and plans to visit his father's Alma matter, Wisconsin on April 19. Vincent said he wants to get out to UNC, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and possibly a few others. He said he actually would like to visit every school that has offered him if he can.

Vincent said he hopes to narrow his list down to five in order to make plans for his official visits in the fall.


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