Four-star Prince Has Eyes on Nine

Damian Prince

WASHINGTON – Four-star Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara offensive tackle Damian Prince has done some shuffling since his original summer list trimming. In the process of setting up official visits, Prince broke down some changes for the schools still in contention and the first two trips he plans to take.

Washington – Four-star Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara offensive tackle Damian Prince continues to go through the recruiting process at his own pace. Prince trimmed to 10 schools during the summer, and is now looking at nine midway through his senior season.

Prince has not set any official visits, but plans to take all five before making his decision Feb. 14 in a ceremony to honor his grandmother.

"Recruiting hasn't changed since my season started because that's my main focus," Prince said Saturday at the conclusion of a 15-14 loss at St. John's College High. "I cut my list in the summer, and I'm still looking at those same schools, maybe a few less."

Originally a 10-school list, Prince recently eliminated Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Rutgers. He is looking at the remaining schools from his top 10 for official visits, and said Arizona and Miami could come into the equation as well.

Preparing to set official visits, Prince has Miami, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, South Carolina, Alabama and Ohio State on his list in no order.

Florida and Florida State will be two of his official visits – though no date is set – and the other three remain fluid.

"It's a long process, so I'll eliminate more and sure there will be more changes and everything," Prince said. "I'm not sure with Miami and Arizona, and I'm so focused on my season that I'm not paying as much attention to all the recruiting stuff."

Prince has his eyes on Nov. 30 at Florida for his first official visit when the Gators host Florida State, but has not formally set the date. He named Dec. 7 at Florida State as his ideal second official visit in the process.

"I want to go to the Florida State, Florida game, but that's not really set in stone," he said. "They're both great, great programs. Obviously Florida State is having a great season, and Florida right about now is a great option. I like the fact that I can come in and play. I can come in and play into an offense that I'm really comfortable with. I'm really comfortable with coach [Will] Muschamp and his offense. That's what I really like about those two."

The remaining seven schools on his list are all contenders for official visits. Prince said he is impressed with the seasons being put together by No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Ohio State.

"Everything is good with Ohio State," Prince said. "I talk with those coaches literally all the time. I like it, and they could possibly get an official visit also."

Prince wants to join a winning program, saying Alabama is a strong option because of its history under Nick Saban.

"Everybody wants to play for a winner," Prince said. "Anybody that tells you that the wins and losses don't impact you at all is probably lying a little bit."

Local option Maryland, which has been in the race since day one for Prince, remains in the mix despite recent on-field struggles. After cracking the top 25 at the start of the month, Maryland fell 63-0 to Florida State.

"I'm not counting Maryland out," Prince said. "It's just that a 63-0 loss to another school recruiting me, I don't want to say that loss had nothing to do with their recruitment of me. Losing 63-0, that definitely hurt them but I'm not counting them out. They bring other things to the table that other schools don't. They have great academics. They have great marketing and branding with their Under Armour stuff. They bring other things to the table."

Prince plans to take the rest of the recruiting process slowly, and will not decide until a week after National Signing Day.

"For me, the top thing is if I fit into their school," Prince said. "Do I fit into their style of play? Do I fit in now or in two years?"

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