2013 Target: R.J. Prince

ALBEMARLE, N.C. --- Despite his verbal commitment to Clemson, R.J. Prince's recruitment is far from over. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound offensive tackle is giving strong consideration to North Carolina.

Scouting Report

"One, his natural size – he's 6-7, 280 pounds," Albemarle head coach Danny Akins said. "But also, but also he has great work ethic. He works hard here at the school. When he's not at the school, he's at the Y working at the gym.

"His flexible – I think that catches a lot of people's eyes. For a young man that's that big, to have the flexibility that he has is really special. That's something you try to work on with your kids, but then you have a young man that's as flexible as he is.

"On top of that, he has good feet. He moves really well."

Prep Career

As a sophomore, Prince started at left tackle on Albemarle's run-first offense. Graduation allowed him to be moved to right tackle for his junior season.

"[Right tackle] is our anchor position on our offensive line," Akins said. "How our right tackle and our tight end goes is how our offense goes. So we usually put our best offensive lineman at right offensive tackle."

Recruitment

Prince verbally committed to Clemson during an October weekend visit to the campus. That weekend, the Tigers hosted North Carolina.

"When I was down at the game, I felt like it just felt right," Prince said. "It was hyped. I had a good feeling from the staff – they treated me right. So I pulled the trigger."

In spite of the commitment, Prince's recruitment isn't finished.

"I'm committed to Clemson, but I'm still looking at other schools," Prince said. "So I'm still open."

If any school has a shot at stealing Prince away from Clemson, it's UNC.

"I think it's going to come down to [Clemson] or Carolina," Prince said. "Growing up, I rooted for Clemson and Carolina. Carolina, that's North Carolina's team. I still am a big fan of Carolina and of Clemson. My dad watched the games every Saturday and it stuck to me. Back in '99 and '98, I went to so many games down there [at Clemson and UNC]."

Prince will make his first visit to a school other than Clemson on Wednesday night when he attends the UNC-Duke game in Chapel Hill.

Furthermore helping UNC's chances is Chris Kapilovic, who is recruiting Prince for the Tar Heels.

"I talked to him [Sunday] night," Prince said. "He's a pretty fun coach. I want to meet him and the other coaches up at Carolina. I feel like I can make a strong relationship with them. [Kapilovic] is a really cool guy and I want to get to know him more."

In addition to Clemson and UNC, Prince has collected scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina. He's also receiving interest from Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee.

Before committing to Clemson, the only two schools Prince visited were UNC and South Carolina. His visit to Chapel Hill was when the Tar Heels played Miami last fall.

Besides Wednesday's visit to UNC, Prince is planning a trip to Duke. Over the summer, he plans to camp at several schools including Clemson and UNC.

Extra Notes

Prince played basketball for Albemarle but gave up the sport early this season because he was losing too much weight. "I decided to back off that and get in the weight room more," Prince said… Prince has an aunt that graduated from UNC and currently resides in Chapel Hill.

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