Plenty of prospects, some of them high-profile, others under-the-radar, have come and gone in the past decade or so, since the inception of the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Still, the talent level across the board on the national scene has been about as good as it gets.
Things don’t figure to change anytime soon as the hype continues to build for this year’s games: Dec. 17 and Jan. 29 at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, also Jan. 5 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jan. 14 at Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium.
To gain a better understanding about the rapidly growing direction of things, perhaps it’s best to take some time to reflect on the humble beginnings. Therefore, moving forward, the plan is to more closely examine the brand’s many alumni from all over the country.
Troy Vincent Jr. from Gilman (MD) takes center stage right here. As a member of the Class of 2014, his name was in consideration for Defensive MVP after nine tackles as South defeated North, 47-44, in double overtime at Raymond James Stadium.
There were plenty of high-profile prospect on the field, including LSU commit John Battle, Penn State commit Koa Farmer, Illinois commit Tre Watson, Washington State commit Keith Harrington and North Carolina commit Austin Proehl, to name a few.
Still, Vincent Jr. held his own. He’s currently doing the same thing. Only at the next level. The 5-foot-11 and 205-pound redshirt junior linebacker will be in action for Towson against Delaware on Oct. 27 in a Colonial Athletic Association game at 12 p.m. (EST).
In the second game of this season, Vincent Jr. had three tackles in a 51-20 nonconference loss to Wake Forest. Seven days later, he had another three tackles and also returned a fumble for a 14-yard touchdown in a 45-35 conference victory over Villanova.
Prior to, and after having a fair amount of success on the prep circuit, Vincent Jr. initially committed to North Carolina State. This, despite having plenty of options. For two years, he lined up for the Wolfpack, yet never managed to attain the desired results.
From a good gene pool, football is in his blood. His father, NFL veteran Troy Vincent, played on Sundays. After his days were done on the gridiron, he stayed close to the game, more so than most, as NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
As for the younger version, heading down a similar path is in the works. It’s reasonable to think his options might include the NFL Draft or undrafted free agent route. Remember, Vincent Jr. first made a name for himself at the All-American Bowl in Florida.