Eleanor Roosevelt offensive lineman Isaiah Prince is likely still months away from making any formal decision on where he will play in college.
He also remains interested in top schools like Alabama, Auburn and Florida State.
But as it stands now, Roosevelt coach Tom Green believes Maryland is the top team on Prince’s list.
“We haven’t had that conversation,” Green said in a phone interview. “But just from his comments and talking to him, I would think he would pick Maryland if he had to make a decision today.”
The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Prince has played right tackle at Roosevelt because of how often the team runs to the right side, but coaches believe Prince has the tools to be a left tackle in college.
“A lot of people look at his size and the fact that he’s close to 6-7 and close to 275. But what makes him special is his flexibility,” Green said. “His hips are really flexible. He can sink in a hole. He can move for a big kid. He can change direction. A lot of kids aren’t natural benders, and he’s a natural bender.”
Maryland signed two highly coveted offensive line recruits in this year’s recruiting class — Damian Prince and Derwin Gray. Prince would give the Terps another young piece to build around.
They will still have to beat out several other top schools for Isaiah Prince’s services, though.
He has already visited Ohio State, and Green said Prince will visit Alabama, Auburn and Florida State next week.
Prince would also like to visit Penn State, Michigan and possibly others before narrowing his list of possible destinations to five, which Green would like Prince to do by the end of the summer.
However, Green said Prince is “very high” on Maryland.
Prince has spent a lot of time in College Park. Green said Prince likes Maryland’s coaching staff and has heard good things about the school and the football program from former Roosevelt players and students. Prince also went to a camp at Maryland in June with some other top recruits and had the chance to work with the Terps’ coaches, which Green said Prince enjoyed.
“He’s very comfortable with those guys,” Green said. “Just how often he goes up there and the way he speaks about the coaching staff and the players that he’s met up there, I think he would be very comfortable. I would be surprised if Maryland doesn’t end up in his final two or three schools."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun