Meet Terps offensive tackle commit Damian Prince

The Baltimore Sun

With today marking national signing day, preview the Terps' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles ran all the way through today, when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. (SEE THEM ALL HERE.)

Name: Damian Prince (aka @HeavyGleesh)

Position: Offensive tackle

Measurables: 6 feet 5, 295 pounds

High school: Bishop McNamara

Recruiter: Mike Locksley

Finalists: Florida, South Carolina

Rankings: 247: 4*, No. 3 OT, No. 40 overall

Rivals: 5*,  No. 2 OT, No. 20 overall

ESPN: 4*, No. 3 OT, No. 26 overall

Stats/honors: All-State, first-team All-Met by The Washington Post, Under Armour All-American

Quoted for emphasis: “Seeing the kind of adversity he’s been through, he’s still been able to remain focused and try and set goals for himself.”

Breakdown: The biggest piece of the Terps' recruiting class joined the day it all became official. Maryland's first five-star commit since wide receiver Stefon Diggs, in 2012, Prince is the face of a recruiting class that will be the program's first in Big Ten Conference play. It should not be surprising that, with offers from the likes of Florida State and Alabama, he chose to remain in Prince George's County for college. Family is important, especially so, for Prince. His father died in Washington when he was growing up. He lost his great-grandfather to a car accident in high school. Remaining close to those who he still had, and to those who had stayed with him, was important. His commitment to Maryland is, too. As the Terps look to upgrade their offensive line with the more rugged Big Ten beckoning, Prince will be counted on to be the linchpin. He may not start away, but with Derwin Gray, should bookend whatever offensive line the Terps throw together for years to come.


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