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Thursday night was a huge night for N.C. State. The Wolfpack pulled in a couple of new commitments, one of them being Troy Vincent. The former Penn State commit has decided go with Dave Doeren and the Wolfpack instead.
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"Things at Penn State changed a lot," the 5-foot-10, 181-pound Vincent said. "Coach (James) Franklin and and his staff wanted to go in a different direction. It's a great program and a wonderful school. He wants his guys and it didn't work out."
Vincent, a standout defensive back from Baltimore (Md.) Gilman, is very familiar with Doeren and his staff.
"I've known Coach Doeren and the majority of his staff since I was in the seventh grade," he said. "It's kind of like I'm just going back to my roots."
The son of the former NFL star by the same name says his flip from Penn State to N.C. State was not an uninformed decision. Vincent committed to N.C. State during coach Doeren's in-home visit.
"At first we were just sitting there talking about the school and the program," Vincent said. "He told us about how he coaches and his philosophy. This wasn't an emotional decision. We had done research. I've talked to former players that played for him at different schools. They spoke highly of him and everything I heard was consistent. Everybody felt the same way. My mom and dad were just as excited as I was."
Vincent is ready to play with his new teammates and see his new school in person.
"I'm just looking forward to playing with them," he said. "I was talking to some of the coaches down there. They are going to push me and that's what I need to succeed.
"I'm going on my official visit next weekend. I have yet to see the whole campus or see the places I'll be studying. I want to study political science and English, so I'm looking forward to seeing those departments."
Vincent had committed to Penn State in late June and is the second recruit to decommit from Penn State since Franklin became the new head coach.
Adam Friedman is the Mid-Atlantic Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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