Monday night was a big night for Eleanor Roosevelt offensive lineman Isaiah Prince, who confirmed that Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Maryland, Ohio State and Tennessee are his top six schools.
However, Prince did quickly add that “maybe Virginia Tech” would be added to that list. Nonetheless, Prince just returned from Ohio State who, like Maryland, has picked up momentum on the recruiting trail in recent weeks. His top six schools are all schools that give Prince “the best fit for him from the schools that have offered.”
Prince said that his Ohio State visit went “great” and that he was able to “get a better feel of the coaches, program and campus as a whole.” While it was only Prince’s second campus visit, along with Maryland, Prince said that he has no leaders because he wants to visit more schools. And rightfully so, Prince is taking his time with his recruitment.
As far as future visits go, Prince said that he is targeting a visit to Alabama “either July 12 or 13, but nothing is set in stone yet and that’s all for now.” Despite that he is taking his time with the recruiting process, he is “hoping” to make his commitment before his senior season.
So which schools are certain to get an official visit?
Right now, Prince only has Ohio State lined up. Prince did add that it’s early and things can change, but Maryland is a safe bet for one of his four remaining official visits. Although Prince spoke highly of Ohio State, that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about Maryland.
If you notice Prince’s top six, all schools are in the SEC or Big Ten, arguably the top two conferences in college football.
As far as if Maryland’s move to the Big Ten matters, it’s not a big deal to Prince.
“Not at all,” Prince said. “Coach Edsall has graduated 79 of his last 80 guys, and education is a big thing for me. I have a great relationship with Coach Edsall and Coach Locksley and Maryland is becoming a great program.”
The move to the Big Ten does help Maryland’s chances, but it’s evident that recruits are taking notice of the slow yet positive rebuilding Edsall has done with the program.
Currently, Maryland leads the Crystal Ball predictions with 47 percent of the votes, while Ohio State is second with 29 percent and Florida with 24 percent. However, do not read too much into that. The more visits Prince goes on, the better we have for how his recruitment will pan out.
As of now, Maryland looks to be in very good shape, but this could be a battle of Big Ten teams towards the end of his recruitment.