Troy Vincent Jr. Commits to Penn State: Nittany Lions Land Son of NFL Star

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJune 27, 2013

Photo Credit: 247Sports
Photo Credit: 247Sports

The Penn State 2014 football recruiting class continues to gain steam.

Composite 4-star cornerback Troy Vincent Jr.—the son of former NFL corner Troy Vincent Sr.—has pulled the trigger on committing to the Nittany Lions.

In choosing PSU, the Rockville, Md., native has committed to the same conference as his father, who played in the Big Ten and was drafted in the seventh round out of Wisconsin in 1992.

Vincent Sr. currently serves as the senior vice president for the NFL Player Engagement Organization, a position he has held since 2010. The elder Vincent—who played for the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins—is also a five-time Pro Bowl selection and previously served as the president of the NFL Players Association. 

As reported by Josh Moyer of, Vincent Jr. is looking to create his own legacy while helping to rebuild the atmosphere surrounding the PSU football program:

To start off, I do like their law school a lot. And, going to the football side, you know they're creating that new atmosphere, so they need new players to come in. I think the coaches do a great job of taking care of the kids and building better young men, and I like the schemes they run.

From his comments, it is clear that Vincent Jr. is cut in the same mold as his father, whose achievements surpass the confines of a football field. 

Roman Morris, a trainer at Prime Xample and family friend of the Vincents, relayed the same sentiments to Moyer:

He is an All-American boy. And I'll sign my name to that. He is an All-American boy. He's one of the most highly intelligent football players that I've ever been around. He can do anything that's asked of him on the football field, from any scheme. ... He's a coach's dream.

Vincent makes 12 total commitments for the Nittany Lions for 2014, as their class now ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten and No. 19 in the nation, according to 247Sports.

The Gilman Prep product also marks PSU's third commitment for the month of June and joins safety Marcus Allen and cornerback Daquan Worley as the third defensive back in the team's 2014 class.