It has been a busy, but productive 24 hours for North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren. After securing a commitment from Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) cornerback Elliot Davis, coach Doeren landed a big time commitment from another cornerback: Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) four-star Troy Vincent Jr..
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Vincent said when he started hearing the rumors about Bill O'Brien leaving for the NFL, he started to reconsider his initial pick, but he did not officially decommit until just a few days ago.
"I have always heard the rumors about [Bill] O' Brien leaving so as a safe guard for myself I was looking around just exploring just in case of the possibility that he did leave," Vincent said. "I talked to coach [James] Franklin about two or three days ago and decided to decommit because I just thought coach [James] Franklin wants his guys in there. He is a great coach and a respectable man, but I wasn't one of his guys so that isn't a situation that would be good for me.
Vincent added: "I don't back down from any competition, but when the numbers aren't in your corner and things haven't gotten started yet it is not a good situation."
With that in mind, Vincent went back to his roots and a coach he had a long history with: N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren, whose reputation as a straight-shooter and his history with Vincent played a key role in the four-star cornerback's decision to flip to the Wolfpack.
"I have known Coach Doeren since I have been in seventh grade so I just went back to my roots," Vincent said. "I feel comfortable with him, and everyone I have talked to that has played under him or worked with him, everyone, just says that he is consistent, that he is a straight shooter, that he is an honest guy, that you can trust him, and that he is fair. Playing for a coach with those qualities, that is every player's dream coach. Someone that you trust and that is fair."
Coach Doeren and newly hired defensive backs coach George Barlow met with Vincent and his entire family for an in-home visit on Thursday evening.
"Everyone—mom, dad, my siblings— knew it, there was was no reason to wait," Vincent said. "Everyone felt good about it."
Don't expect Vincent to change his mind again, he said that this was not a decision he made based on emotions or decision he rushed.
"This biggest thing was I was not going off of the emotion. Everyone is going to tell you what you want to hear, but just going with my gut and I definitely wasn't going off of emotions this time around," Vincent said. "I did all my research again and there was no emotional involvement. I tried to keep as much emotion as I could out and I just made a decision based off of logic and the best feeling."
Vincent said Coach Doeren couldn't have been more pleased when he informed him of the good news.
"He just said welcome to the family," said Vincent, who will take his official visit to N.C. State next weekend. "So I am really looking forward it, and I am really happy with my commitment."