Army All-American and Scout100 offensive tackle prospect Isaiah Prince was working with a final three of Alabama, Ohio State and local favorite Maryland heading into an official visit weekend in Tuscaloosa. It was a family affair.
“His stepmom, his dad and his stepbrother, three or four members went down and hey really enjoyed it, they really liked it,” said Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosavelt Head Coach Thomas Green. “He goes to Ohio State this weekend, then Maryland next weekend.”
The first visit down the home stretch for Scout’s No. 5 offensive tackle prospect came with unexpected news that could have altered his late plan.
“They (Alabama) don’t know if they’re going to have any more scholarships, they have 27 commitments right now. I don’t know if they can guarantee that they’ll have anything available right now,” Green said. “They were being truthful with him, they could have tried to get him to commit and accepted a commitment from him even if they didn’t have one and worked it out at the back end. So I appreciate Coach Saban and his staff for being up front and saying the situation that they’re in.
“The family didn’t know. Whether that would have affected him going, I doubt it. It would have been nice to know heading down, because he may have rearranged his visits, and gone there last. Either way, it served its purpose.”
Should the Crimson Tide’s late situation change, Prince could once again be a factor for the SEC program as it looks to close out with another top-ranked recruiting class. It was just the four-star’s second trip to Tuscaloosa.Prince during the Army All-American Bowl
“He knew the lay of the land a little bit from our trip down there this summer, but he said he enjoyed hanging out with the players. He likes the facilities, the academics and the way things are setup as far as the proximity in between everything. He enjoyed all of that,” he said. “I think he really liked Alabama, I think he’s a little disappointed that they may not have any scholarships available. I know he wanted to consider them, I think, going to the trip, they probably were his top school.
“But if a school you feel is the best for you doesn’t have a scholarship available, you have to go to the next best school for you.”
No matter which school lands Prince in the end, as Florida is also trying to get back into the conversation under its new regime, Green says the quarterback’s blindside will be protected.
“He’s what I call a low-maintenance guy, he does what he’s asked to do and does it to the best of his ability,” he said. “He’s not going to be in the newspaper, he’s a team guy that will go to class and go to work. He’ll do what he’s expected to do. A lot of great players are high-maintenance, but he’s not.
“On the field, he bends better than any kid I know that’s 6-foot-7. He has great feet, great hips, long arms and the learning curve…he picks it up. He’s a natural left tackle.”
Pegged as the No. 74 overall prospect in the final 2015 rankings, a national signing day decision remains the expectation.
Prince during Army Bowl week: