Gilman corner Troy Vincent Jr. will attend N.C. State, not Penn State

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January 17, 2014|By Alexander Pyles | The Baltimore Sun

Troy Vincent Jr. has decided he'd rather play football at North Carolina State than Penn State next season.

The Gilman cornerback, who committed to play for the Nittany Lions in June, will instead join the Wolfpack, according to recruiting website He had previously turned down N.C. State's offer.

The son of former NFL Pro Bowl defensive back Troy Vincent is the second Penn State recruit to decommit since the university hired former Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin to replace Bill O'Brien, who was hired as the Houston Texans' head coach this month.

A source told The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News that Vincent's verbal commitment wavered recently when Franklin questioned whether the corner had planned visits to other schools.

Gilman assistant Henry Russell told The Baltimore Sun in June that Vincent and his family "were comfortable with [Penn State] coach [Bill] O'Brien."

"They had a real close family friend who played there recently. He had a great experience with Coach O’Brien," Russell said. "Troy has been around the program a bunch. I think he just felt comfortable there. His mom saw it and approved. So they were ready to make the decision. I think Penn State was always kind of the leader in his recruitment."

Vincent is ranked a four-star prospect by and entertained offers from Arizona State, Cal, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

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