GREENBELT, Md. -- Here is a live scouting report on class of 2015 four-star offensive tackle Isaiah Prince (Roosevelt/Greenbelt, Md.). We got an update on Prince's recruitment last weekend -- he still has the same four main suitors in Maryland, Alabama, Florida and Ohio State, all on an even plane -- but this Oct. 11 game against rival Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) allowed us to gauge what Prince brings to the table physically. The 6-foot-6.5, 275-pounder had a couple of pancake blocks in a rugged, defensive game that went into overtime and eventually ended in a 26-20 Roosevelt victory.
Check out the report below:
Physically, Prince has an ideal left tackle’s frame. Not only is he tall (almost 6-7), but he has very long arms, big hands and a developing base. He’s a lean, sinewy 6-6.5, 275-pounds and could easily pack on another 15-20 pounds of muscle.
At the snap, Prince displays a potent first step and comes off the ball hard. He fires those long arms up and uses his legs to drive through his man. Prince’s initial strike can be stunning, and he shows the ability to knock the defender off-balance or finish him with a pancake. This guy’s an “effort” player, and he’s going to drive, drive, drive through the whistle.
Two of Prince’s defining qualities, though, are his athleticism and agility. He moves well for a big guy, showing the ability to block out in space, at the second level and down the line of scrimmage.
Moreover, Prince can effectively pull off slip blocks and push up to the linebackers. On stretch plays, he’s able to defeat the initial defensive lineman, run downfield and pick off another defender at the second level.
In pass protection, Prince gets very good extension and typically strikes beneath the pads. He uses his big, aggressive hands to control the edge rusher, keeping him from disengaging. He’s not a lunger either, showing enough discipline to stay within himself and let the defensive lineman come to him.
Prince also shifts his feet well enough to anchor, while guiding the end past the quarterback. His sheer size and length is difficult enough to deal with (simply put, it’s hard to get around the guy), but the fact that he moves so well and is relatively light on his feet make him that much more effective.
Prince, however, is still a bit raw, especially in pass pro. His steps, while light, can be methodical at times, as if he’s thinking too much about maintain proper technique. He has to get his knees dipped lower and his back stays straight in order to maintain balance. Moreover, sometimes his strikes and hand placement can be “off,” which can sap his power at times. Right now, Prince can hold up well against high school competition, but what’s going to happen when he squares off with a quick-twitch Big Ten edge rusher?
Also, when run blocking, Prince has to make sure he doesn’t get crossed up or become off-kilter. He also has to make sure he maintains proper leverage. Again, he can come off the ball high at times, and once in awhile you’ll see a smaller, peskier defender slide off of him when Prince’s initial jab is above the pads.
And, like most high school linemen, Prince has to keep building his body improve his conditioning. He’s a terrific athlete, but he can tire late during games.
Finally, he has to keep learning the game and improving his field awareness and fundamentals. Prince doesn’t see many different defensive looks or blitz packages, and isn’t asked to perform many advanced-level blocking techniques. Obviously he’ll be asked to do a lot more than just drive straight ahead 40 times a game, with an occasional pass blocking assignment thrown in, at the FBS level.
Live Scouting Report: Isaiah Prince
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