Offensive tackle Damian Prince had the choice to go to college at any school in the country. But when it was all said and done, the Bishop McNamara five-star recruit decided to stay home as he committed to the Maryland Terrapins on National Signing Day.
It was a process that was years in the making and was very difficult for the future Terp.
“Five hours ago was when I officially decided,” Prince told TSMD. “Around this time yesterday, I still didn’t know what I was going to do.”
Prince, who was considering Florida, South Carolina, and Terps, is the 27th best player in the 2014 class, according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings. He was also ranked as the best player in the state of Maryland.
“I picked Maryland because I had the best and fastest opportunity to play,” Prince said “It’s a great academic school.”
Prince is the highest ranked recruit to commit to Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs chose to stay home two years ago.
South Carolina and Florida hosted Prince on official visits over the past month, but it was the hometown Terps that were able to secure his services.
Prince has also gotten to know new Maryland offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. He’s been in contact with the former LSU coach since Studrawa took the job.
“We have a great relationship,” Prince said. “We’ve talked a few times. He’s a high energy coach and he’s coached in the pros and in the National Championship. He knows what it’s like to get to the level I’m trying to be at.”
As for what Prince brings to the table, he has good size at 6’5/295 and is an extremely talented run blocker. He will most likely be protecting quarterback’s C.J. Brown’s blind side and should start as a freshman.
Prince has a tremendous amount of push and really dominates the line of scrimmage. The Bishop McNamara star is very athletic for an offensive lineman and headlines a talented class of offensive linemen.
Derwin Gray, Larry Mazyck, and Brendan Moore also will be coming to College Park this year and will provide a ton of talent for coach Randy Edsall and company.
The addition of Prince vaulted the Terps up to #43 in 24/7 Sports’ composite team rankings. Maryland also moved up to seventh place in the B1G conference rankings after beginning the day at #10.