After receiving various offers and widespread interest from top programs across the country, 5-star offensive tackle recruit Damian Prince has decided to sign with the Maryland Terrapins.
ESPN reported the news:
Prince already has ideal size for a tackle at 6'5" and 295 pounds. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he's the No. 27 prospect in the 2014 class, the No. 2 tackle and the top prospect from the state of Maryland.
His high school, Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md., only had three wins in 2012, but it certainly wasn't because Prince didn't do his job.
ESPN Insider (subscription required) offered the following scouting report on Prince:
Prince has prototypical tackle size and strength and blends good athleticism and flexibility with those impressive measurables. He's a tough finisher as a run blocker, can anchor the bull-rush and possesses the long arms and active feet to combat speed rushers.
One thing that immediately stands out from the tape on Prince is that he blocks until the whistle and genuinely seems to enjoy mauling people and dominating them off the line. He has raw power and still has time to develop even more strength, which is a key reason he was so highly coveted in the recruiting process.
How do you think Prince will perform in college?
He told Bleacher Report's Full Ride that he enjoys pass-blocking more than run-blocking, if only because most people expect linemen to be better in the run game. That suggests he's competitive and enjoys a challenge—a very promising trait for a player already possessing his size and talent.
He also told Full Ride that he wants a coach who will push him and get the most out of him. This isn't a kid who is going to rely on his talent alone. He wants to get better.
As you might expect, Prince had offers from a number of schools, including Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Oklahoma, USC, Georgia and Miami.
Stud offensive tackle prospects don't grow on trees, after all.