Tommi Vincent wanted to see Penn State, so she set up a Thursday trip for her, her husband (former NFL star Troy Sr.) and son (Troy Jr.) to visit. She had tried to get on campus before, but conflicts had pushed it back. That wasn't the case this time around.
Troy Jr., the 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive back from The Gilman School in Baltimore, spent the back-end of the morning and all of the afternoon at University Park. His mom and dad were on hand, too.
All had an opportunity to see exactly what they wanted to see. Especially mom.
I think she just wanted to see why I like it, and why my dad likes it, and see it as a place I could potentially go to, Troy Jr. said. Most people haven't been down to the school with the new staff, and they still have impressions of the last staff at Penn State.
That's not the one I know, and my dad knows, and she wanted to see the different things in my life that might develop me into a young man.
The Vincents began their trip at the Katz Law Building, eager to see what State had to offer at its main campus for the Troy Jr.'s desired major. A chat with some professors followed before a stop at the Lasch Building, where Vincent sat in on position meetings with defensive coordinator John Butler and the secondary. Then came a meeting with head coach Bill O'Brien.
The cornerback spent plenty of time learning the basics of Butler's multiple aggressive defensive scheme. But when it came to chatting with O'Brien, the conversation was geared elsewhere.
With Coach Butler, me and him were talking about the system, and going over blitz packages and getting used to the terminology, Vincent explained. When we talked with Coach O'Brien, he was talking a lot with my mom and dad. He was telling them about his philosophies, and he's a straight-up dude.
Vincent said the way State operates its defense, and what the staff look for in the players it brings in, was the biggest take-away from his meeting with the coaches. And while he noted it was nice to see what Penn State runs, he also feels as if he can fit into any defensive scheme his college home might play.
With no timetable set for his decision, Vincent said he would ideally like to announce his top schools at the end of the high school season once he completes all five official visits.
On the advice of his father, he wants to experience the recruiting process from start to finish, rather than risk committing early when he still desires to take visits.
I'm definitely interested [in Penn State], he said. I feel comfortable there, and I can see myself there potentially.
They've never had a football player go through the law school, so I could potentially be the first, he continued. To do that would be pretty cool.