Vols 'serious contender' for Prince

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It's about to be a very important summer for Scout four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince and the schools pursuing him.

The Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.) High School standout claims his recruitment is "wide open" at the moment, and that's mostly because Prince has only ever visited one school — Maryland — back in October.

"I really don't have any leaders or favorites or anything like that right now," Prince told InsideTennessee. "Because, really, I don't have anything to compare these schools with. I've never, like, seen them or visited other schools to know if they're good or not."

That will change this summer.

Prince said he plans to visit several schools in the next few months.

He doesn't have any set plans just yet, but he says he'd ideally like to drop by Tennessee, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State — which are also the school he says are recruiting him hardest.

"I still have a long way to go," Prince said. "I like a lot of different schools."

The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder said he talks with Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney often, calling their relationship "really, really solid."

"He's really cool, man," Prince said of Mahoney. "He's just really honest and we have a very good relationship."

Prince admits he knew very little about the Vols when his recruitment first started picking up, but Mahoney has brought him up to speed quickly.

The long and athletic tackle lists several reasons why he calls the Vols a "serious contender."

"It's just a great overall football program," Prince said. "They have a lot of tradition and really great fans. And, you know, with all these recruiting classes they have had, I really think they're going to be winning really soon. They're heading in the right direction."

Prince is also aware of the Vols' recent success at getting linemen to the next level.

Currently, all members of Tennessee's starting offensive line from last season are set to participate in NFL camps. That includes Ja'Wuan James, who was selected in the first round by the Miami Dolphins.

"It just shows they have really good coaches and are good at finding talent," Prince told IT. "I really like that."

Prince says education and early playing time are the most important factors in his still-young recruitment, adding that Mahoney talks to him about both those things each time they chat.

"It seems like (Tennessee) has all that I'm looking for," Prince said. "(Mahoney) tells me if I come in and work really hard I can start right away, which is really good."

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