O'Brien leaves Penn St.: Troy Vincent Jr. to reconsider Maryland?

O'Brien leaves Penn St.: Troy Vincent Jr. to reconsider Maryland?
January 1, 2014, 11:15 am
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Three players among Penn State’s 2014 recruiting class hail from the state of Maryland. Randy Edsall and his staff, not surprisingly, made a pass at all all three.

So with PSU head coach Bill O’Brien accepting an offer to become the head coach of the NFL’s Houston Texans, will that give Maryland a second chance at anyone they missed the first time around?

Maryland has a need at cornerback. The Terrapins will know for sure tomorrow where blue-chip corner Jalen Tabor of Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) will be playing his college ball, though signals have been mixed in recent weeks.

If he doesn’t end up in College Park, could Penn State commit Troy Vincent, Jr. be interested in Maryland?

Yes, the Gilman (Md.) product is the son of that Troy Vincent, the shutdown NFL corner who played the bulk of his career in Philadelphia, Miami, and Buffalo before spending one season with the Redskins.

His son is a three-star prospect, according to Rivals.com, who plays on the same high school team as former Maryland target Melvin Keihn, who committed to Virginia Tech on Christmas Eve.

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Gilman also features 2015 quarterback Kai Locksley, the son of Maryland’s offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

What could be key for Maryland if it were given a chance to re-enter the Vincent, Jr. sweepstakes is what appeared to be the main reason he committed to Penn State--his relationship with O’Brien.

Gilman assistant Henry Russell spoke to the Baltimore Sun in June about the commitment.

“I think his family and himself, I think they all just were comfortable with [Penn State] coach [Bill] O’Brien,” he told the paper. “They had a real close family friend who played there recently. He had a great experience with Coach O’Brien. 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.”

Among the other schools in the running for Vincent, Jr. at the time of his commitment were a host of ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 schools. Keep in mind that the elder Vincent starred at Wisconsin before moving on to the NFL.

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