Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) offensive tackle Isaiah Prince spurned his hometown Maryland Terrapins for Big Ten rival Ohio State. (Mandatory Credit: Kim Sutlive/247Sports)
For the second consecutive year, Maryland’s football program had an opportunity to secure a lofty pledge on National Signing Day.
Unfortunately for coach Randy Edsall and his staff, the Terrapins came up short this time around. Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) offensive tackle Isaiah Prince spurned his hometown school for the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes. Prince had originally committed to Alabama on Jan. 24 before announcing that he would make his final decision on Wednesday.
Prince, who is ranked 105th overall and the seventh-best offensive tackle in 247Sports’ Composite rankings, was one of the most high-profile recruits still on board entering National Signing Day. The Eleanor Roosevelt star was also rated as the top recruit in the state of Maryland.
Prince already adds to loaded Ohio State class that was ranked as the seventh-best in the country and tops in the Big Ten entering the day. Prince’s commitment gives the Buckeyes a whopping 14 four-star recruits in their 2015 class.
On the other hand, the Terps fell short on one of their top targets in 2015. While it may leave a sour taste in the mouths of some fans, Maryland did manage to land a pair of four-star prospects in defensive tackle Adam McLean (Quince Orchard) and offensive guard Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Academy).
Despite not reeling in Prince, the Terps still boast several talented 2015 offensive linemen, including Boulware, E.J. Donahue (Linganore), and Ellis McKennie (McDonogh School). On top of that, Maryland has former Bishop McNamara star Damian Prince and former Friendship Academy offensive lineman Derwin Gray in the fold, with both players redshirting the 2014 season.
Entering the 2015 season, Maryland may have a young group on the offensive line, but there will be a ton of talent. Gray and Damian Prince will likely see a field quite a bit. In a few years, this could be one of the better units in the Big Ten, even with losing out on Isaiah Prince. The future is still extraordinarily bright for the Terps.