couldn’t have put on a better show for its top offensive tackle recruit target. Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) lineman Isaiah Prince
made the short trip over to College Park, Md., Aug. 30 for UMD’s home opener against James Madison and watched the home team come away with a 52-7 victory in front of 40,000 plus at Byrd Stadium.
“I thought it was pretty fun, a real good atmosphere,” the 6-foot-6. 270-pound Prince said. “The fans came out and supported, and that was good to see. I know JMU isn’t, like, the biggest opponent, so it was good to see the fans there. I thought Maryland played really well too. They ran the ball well, the O-line played well, and the defense did well. It was real good.”
The Terps pretty much dominated from the outset, and by the second half the outcome was all but decided. Prince actually ended up leaving by the end of the third quarter when the game lost its suspense.
“I saw what I needed to see; Maryland played really well,” Prince said. “The offensive line played really good, just opening up holes for the backs and giving [quarterback] C.J. Brown time to throw.”
Prince said he did in fact hone in on the Terps’ new offensive line coach, Greg Studrawa
. The Roosevelt tackle hadn’t had a chance to interact with Studrawa much, because the last time was in College Park, for the June 28 Big Show camp, the former LSU
assistant wasn’t available.
“I saw Coach Stud a little bit before the game. We spoke for a minute. He talked about playing early and how I could do big things at Maryland, and how he’d love to coach me,” Prince said. “it wasn’t too much, because the game was about the start, but it was good to see him.
“I liked his style. I saw him down there on the sidelines,” he continued. “He’s a pretty energetic guy. The line [play], it’s pretty similar to what we do at Roosevelt. You know, shoulders back, drive from the hip … the technique is the same, so I don’t think it would be that hard of a transition for me.”
Prince also had a chance to speak to head coach Randy Edsall
, coach Ryan Steinberg, and his former teammate at Roosevelt, current Terps walk-on Mo Shelton. Prince saw his friend, Damain Prince, and a couple other UMD players he knows as well.
“[Edsall] was talking to me a little bit right before the game. He was just saying. ‘How you doing?’ and making sure I was doing OK. He was about to go on the field though, so I didn’t get to talk to him long,” Prince said. “Then I said hey to a few other guys like [Shelton]; his brother is still at Roosevelt.”
The four-star tackle mentioned that while he had a good time, it wasn’t the type of experience that would push Maryland into the lead for his services. He still has the same top four suitors of UMD, Florida
and Ohio State
, and said he needs to take official visits first before making any definitive decisions.
“Maryland, it’s still right there for me, right in my top four,” Prince said. “There’s really not too much more they can show me right now. I’ve been to game s there, camps, visits – I’ve pretty much seen everything. I have a great relationship with the coaches there, and Coach [Mike] Locksley I’ve known for a long time. He’s a really good guy and we can talk about anything.”
One factor that could play in Maryland’s favor is Prince’s family, who the Roosevelt product is particularly close to. But Prince has maintained the stance that his parents aren’t pushing him to stay local, insisting location in general isn’t the end-all-be-all for him.
As for a return trip to College Park, Prince is still deciding whether or not he needs to take an official to UMD considering he’s so familiar with the program. He will be back at Maryland, though, this coming week when Roosevelt takes on Gwynn Park in Byrd Stadium.
After that, Prince said he’s still mulling over dates for his Bama and UF officials, as well as OSU.
“We [Roosevelt] have two Friday night games now, actually, so I’m trying to see if I can schedule Florida and Alabama then, but I’m not sure. I have to talk it over with my coach and see if I can do that,” Prince said. “If not I’ll see them after the season, and I want to see OSU after the season too. I’m not sure about Maryland yet, but I’ll talk to my coaches about [the Terps] too.”
In the meantime, Prince is dialed in on his senior season. He said he hasn’t taken any calls from college coaches during the first day of the open period and doesn’t plan to, either.
“I’m not really paying that close of attention to the recruiting process right now with my season about to start. My focus is on my team and helping them win,” Prince said. “My pass protection is really coming along, and I’m doing well run blocking too. I’m playing defense this year, defensive tackle, so that will be different for me. I want to show I can play good on both sides of the ball.”
Maryland couldn’t have put on a better show for its top offensive tackle recruit target. Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) lineman Isaiah Prince made the short trip over to College Park, Md., Aug. 30 for UMD’s home opener against James Madison and watched the home team come away with a 52-7 victory in front of 40,000 plus at Byrd Stadium.
Maryland couldn’t have put on a better show for its top offensive tackle recruit target.