2014 CB Troy Vincent Jr. considering PSU

When 2014 cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. glances at his buzzing cell phone, he sometimes doesn't need to read the text when his friend -- and Penn State commit -- Jordan Smith sends him a message.

"You a Lion yet?"

"Jordan texts me every day with that," Vincent said with a laugh. "He stays on me. I don't know if the coaches told him to, but he stays on me every day."

And when Vincent (Baltimore/Gilman) decided to visit State College, Pa., last week, Smith was there, too. The two stood shoulder-to-shoulder near the 10-yard line. Smith (Washington, D.C./HD Woodson) showed him around, and Vincent peppered him with questions about the team and campus.

Following that visit, Vincent said he hopes to to return with more of his family -- and to see his friend, who will enroll in January.

"To start off, I do like their law school a lot," Vincent said. "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."

Vincent, an ESPN Watch List prospect, plans to narrow his list by the summer. He wouldn't say whether Penn State -- or any other schools -- might make that first cut. He said he's still trying to figure it all out; he insists he currently holds no real favorites.

Wisconsin appears a possible destination because his father -- five-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Vincent -- is an alumnus. But one of Troy Jr.'s trainers, Roman Morris, holds Penn State ties because his son, Stephon, was a senior cornerback.

Vincent said his favorite part of his PSU trip came at the end of the overtime victory, when Morris couldn't find his helmet after hurling it into the air in celebration. Vincent stepped through the tunnel, past a chanting crowd and into the locker room, and said the scenes he saw there showed what the program meant to the players.

"I thought it was special, just the whole celebration of the seniors who stayed," he said. "Me having a relationship with Steph, it made it more special because he's like a brother to me.

"I felt it, the sincerity and the appreciation from the fans and coaches and the school for them to stay. And for the rest of the players, too, because everybody did have the option to leave. I thought it was a special game."

At this point next year, Vincent hopes to have already decided on his school. He doesn't care about the number of offers he holds, nor the amount of mail he receives. He just wants one school he feels comfortable at, a college ideally in a strong conference with a great coaching staff.

He says he's not sure where he might wind up but, until then, he's pretty sure he'll keep receiving texts from Smith. And, maybe, he'll have an answer for him before his senior season starts.