LOI #2: Troy Vincent

Baltimore (MD) Gilman School cornerback Troy Vincent has signed with NC State!

Troy Vincent
Scout Ranking: ****
Scout Rank: No. 33 Cornerback
Size: 5-10, 175 pounds
Hometown: Baltimore (MD)
School: Gilman School

Projected Position At NC State: Cornerback

Commit Date: January 16, 2014

Recruiting Scene: Vincent camped at NC State last summer and he told Pack Pride at the time that NC State was a team he had under serious consideration. However, Vincent committed to Penn State just a week later and that appeared to be the end of it.

However, State stayed in touch and when Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien bolted for the NFL, the door swung open for NC State. The Pack made an in-home visit with Vincent and that played a huge role in Vincent switching to NC State.

Why NC State? "I have known Coach Doeren since I have been in seventh grade," 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."

Picked NC State Over: Penn State

Scouting Report: Vincent, who played at Baltimore's The Gilman School, isn't the biggest cornerback (he's 5-foot-9, 190 pounds), but he has good feet, his technique is solid and he has the genes (his dad is former NFLer Troy Vincent).

The system played at The Gilman School doesn't utilize bump and run much, so a lot of the plays has Vincent lined up off the receiver and immediately into his back pedal.

He accelerates quickly and drives on the ball well. He recognizes plays and attacks the ball carrier and isn't afraid to play physically. In seeing Vincent perform at the Nike combine in North Jersey, at The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., and also play three times during his senior season, he has the ability to quickly flip his hips and run with receivers down the field.

He has an innate feel for playing defensive back and is comfortable sticking on the hip of a receiver, but he does need to work on his closing speed and his top end speed (he ran a 4.71 in the 40 at The Opening).

Also, his size isn't ideal, but he does have technique to counter it and he reads play very well in front of him and can excel in zone coverage. Brian Dohn- Scout.com recruiting analyst

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