A Princely Visitor

One of Maryland's top offensive line targets was back on campus June 11 for a personal tour and meet-and-great with the staff.

One of Maryland's top offensive line targets was back on campus June 11 for a personal tour and meet-and-great with the staff. Four-star tackle Isaiah Prince from nearby Roosevelt High (Greenbelt, Md.) visited UMD for the first time since the April spring game and continued to talk up the Terps.

"It went great, I really enjoyed myself," the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Prince said. "I went on a whole campus tour, saw some of the new things they're doing there, watched some of the practice and saw what it was like in full pads, and talked to almost all the coaches."

Prince said he had conversations with his recruiter, Mike Locksley, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and head coach Randy Edsall. He mentioned how each of their messages were pretty much the same: continue the hometown movement, show out in the Big Ten, and help the local school win a title.

But it was Studrawa who left a particularly favorable impression.

"I think he's a great coach, and I really enjoyed watching him work. The techniques he showed his players, it's very detailed,' Prince said. "I didn't get a chance to work with him, but I'm planning on going to that camp they have June 28, and I'll get a chance to then.

"But I did get to watch some film with him, and that was very informative. He showed me a lot of technique things, and I learned a lot just from that. Like he was telling me how most linemen, when they take their steps in pass pro, they keep their heels flat, but it's actually better to have your heel just a little off the ground. It's little things like that that make Coach Stud great to learn from."

Prince also said he had productive meetings with Locksley and Edsall, but neither said anything they hadn't already. Even so, he enjoyed seeing them again.

"Coach Locksley and I have a great relationship. We've known each other for awhile now," Prince said. "And Coach Edsall, he lets me know he wants me there, and how I can really help get Maryland moving in the right direction."

The Roosevelt tackle was impressed with the new player dorms and the indoor facility plans as well. He said neither is going to convince him to attend Maryland or not, but "it's nice they're taking care of their players and building that facility. It looks really nice."

Mostly, though, the trip was just about acclimating himself to College Park again. Prince said there was no pressure and he simply wanted to take in the school again.

"I just felt more comfortable on campus. I've been there plenty of times, plenty of times, but every time I go I feel more comfortable," he said. "It feels like home, and my family likes it too. Maryland has always been one of my top schools."

Prince, however, still has three other prime suitors in play. Florida, Alabama and Auburn round out his top four, and he'll hit each of those campuses later this summer. He's already planned out a July 18-19 trip to Alabama in order to see AU and the Tide, and he's in the process of scheduling a Gators trip.

"I really can't separate [Alabama, Auburn and Florida] yet because I haven't been on campus before, so I'll know more after that. I just know that all of those schools have great traditions, great coaches and they want me there," Prince said. "I know all of those schools have great reputations for [producing] linemen, and I'm excited to check them out."

The big tackle admitted another school or two could get involved, but he didn't have any in mind he might consider. And even though he has a clear top four, Prince said he's in no rush to make a decision, sticking to his mantra of taking official visits and waiting until the winter.

In the meantime, he'll continue honing his craft and working out with his team.

"No vacations, no down time this summer," Prince said. "I'm dedicating this summer all to my team and football. I'm working on my entire game, just getting ready to make a run at a championship."

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