It was believed by many in the recruiting circle that Gilman 4-star DB Troy Vincent Jr. would be a Nittany Lion by now. With their lack of available scholarships due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Penn State has been putting the squeeze on tons of local recruits, stating their scholarship offer could potentially be off the table if they do not commit sooner rather than later. The fear tactic worked on Wise DB Marcus Allen, who committed to Penn St this past Monday over Maryland (I don’t think Allen’s recruitment is over by a long shot, but that story is for another time).
4-star Gilman DB Troy Vincent Jr. was supposed to be the latest to join Allen in Happy Valley. It was believed that he would commit to Penn State no later than this past Monday, leaving the Terps with one less option for their defensive backfield. But despite heavy pressure from the Penn State staff, Vincent decided to push back his decision and take more visits. For Terps fans hoping to land Vincent in 2014, this is excellent news, and here’s why.
As mentioned above, regarding their low scholarships numbers, Penn State is only allowed 15 scholarships this year. With 9 players already committed for the 2014 class, the Nittany Lions only have 6 scholarships left. As of right now, Penn State does not have any offensive linemen or defensive linemen on their commitment list. One would think some scholarships would be reserved for some beef right? In any case, Penn State does not have the luxury of waiting on a recruit to decide, and Maryland does. If Vincent decides to push his decision back any further, the Nittany Lions might be forced to look elsewhere.
There’s more good news; since deciding to delay his announcement, Vincent, along with his parents, has decided to schedule a visit to College Park on May 24th. The Terps staff will get one more chance to present their case to Vincent before he decides on his college destination in the next month. Getting a recruit on campus before his big decision is always beneficial, especially with Locksley running the show. Vincent will undoubtedly take other visits, most notably Pittsburgh, who is also high on Vincent’s list. But this looks to be a battle of two between Maryland and Penn State for Vincent’s services.
Penn St could still be the favorite, but in light of Vincent delaying his decision, as well as deciding to visit Maryland with his parents, Edsall and staff seems to have closed the gap. Look for Vincent to decide sometime in early June, as he wants to have his decision in before the summer grind. This will be a tough battle for the Terps, but now their chances of landing this local stud from Baltimore seem to be just as good as their future Big Ten rival. Less than 48 hours ago, that was not the case.