Prince Kent drawing heavy interest

Norcross safety / wide receiver Prince Kent is one of Georgia's more heavily recruited '09 prospects, and he spoke with Dawg Post's Parker Morgan about his recruiting.

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Parker Morgan: How was your visit to Georgia's junor day?

Prince Kent: It was a great experience. I toured the campus a little bit. Got to see their dorms, the dorms were beautiful and everything. They have a tremendous weight program. It was great when I went there.

PM: What are colleges telling you about your position at the next level?

PK: A lot of colleges are telling me I can play either way. They want me to choose which position I want. Right now I don't know what position I want. I haven't had a year where I've played wide receiver and I've been that 'go-to' man to see what I can do. So I don't know what position I want to do just yet. A lot of colleges are saying you can play both sides of the ball, we're recruiting you both ways basically. If you want to play wide receiver, we'll put you at wide receiver. If you want to play safety or cornerback, most are recruiting me at safety, we'll put you there. Most are giving me a chance to play both ways.

PM: What Georgia coaches are handling your recruiting?

PK: Coach Searles is my recruiting coach. But coach Martinez, me and him keep in contact and e-mail each other. But I keep in contact mostly with coach Searles.

PM: How do things like Georgia having a large number of early commits, and potentially a smaller class next year, their approach with you and your approach to them?

PK: I feel that just because some people commit early, they may not stay as a commit. Some people recommit to other colleges. I don't let seeing other people commit to schools that I'm interested in faze me away because they have certain amount of commits. I'm still going to look at Georgia, it's a great school. I don't take nothing against them for having the commits. I feel that, hey, just because they have five commits when you go to college you're going there to compete really. The spot is up for whoever, no matter who it is. I feel like you just go on in and commit, and that's at any college, not just at Georgia.

PM: How does seeing your teammates go through the recruiting process last year help you as you are now experiencing it?

PK: It showed me a lot. Mainly to take care of it early. Most of the time it was fun, but between school and football and recruiting it can be a pain in the butt, and they got it out of the way early. And I feel like I can do the same thing. And I don't want it to be a distraction like for my school work or the play on the field.

PM: Where have you visited since Georgia?

PK: I went to Clemson. That was a great school too. The vibe around there, just the campus, it was beautiful. Their football field was beautiful. Their weight training program was excellent. I spoke with some of the weight training and speed training coaches. They told me the things that they've got going on that are there putting people in the right place to get on the next level. I talked with a lot of their coaches and they really love me. They're giving me the chance to play on either side of the ball. They really look at me as a highly recruited junior, because they really want me there.

PM: What are the schools you would say are the most interested in you?

PK: Georgia, Clemson, Alabama, University of Miami, and South Carolina. Those five are really the basic ones that are recruiting me heavy right now. There are other schools that offered, but not that I don't want to keep in touch, but they're just not keeping in touch as much as those other five schools.

PM: So what's next for you?

PK: I haven't heard from any other schools yet. But my next plan was to visit Miami for one of their junior days and go to a spring practice.

PM: Don't you have a lot of family in south Florida?

PK: Yeah, I was actually born in south Florida around that area.

PM: How will being close to your family affect your ultimate decision?

PK: My family really wants me to be somewhere where I'm close to family. They don't want me to go too far away where I'm just out there and don't have anyone. So that could play a role in my decision making.

PM: When did the recruiting process really start picking up for you?

PK: It actually started at the beginning of my junior year. I got offered by Boston College like before I even started playing. That's when it really started coming in. Other schools were like man, Boston College offered him. They just started coming in and checked me out. And when they watched film they started putting immediate offers on the table.

PM: How does the opportunity of early playing time play a part in your recruiting?

PK: It's every young man's dream is to get on the field and play as a freshman, but I feel like if I'm given a chance to compete for a spot, and I give it my all, and I still don't get that spot then, hey, I've got to live with it and keep fighting. But if I compete and give it my all and do get the spot then I also feel that I deserved that. I'm not the type of person to want a coach to tell me, "Oh yeah, you've got the spot." I want a coach that tells me you have to come in and compete. I want to be pushed. I'm not the type to just come in and expect a lot of things. But everything comes from working hard and I feel that competing is one of them.

PM: And how do you deal with the pressure both from your high school and friends and family on what school you should pick?

PK: I'm not the type of person to worry a lot. I have people there for me. I'll put school first in everything. I don't look at it like I've got to make a decision right now. My decision is going to fall in where my decision belongs. I feel like if I can stay focused on my schoolwork, and getting the SAT in and stuff like that then everything else is going to fall in place where it needs to fall in place.

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