Prince Commits

On his way to his aunt's house in Chapel Hill, R.J. Prince dropped by North Carolina's football office on Sunday evening to verbally commit to the Tar Heels.

"I called Coach Kap' [Chris Kapilovic] early on and I told him I would give him my decision when I got up there, because I narrowed it down to Carolina, Duke, and NC State," Prince said. "I got to [Kenan] Stadium at about 6:15 and I walked up to Coach [Larry] Fedora's office and I said, ‘You know what Coach? I'm R.J. Prince and I'm a Tar Heel.'"

To say Fedora was happy about adding Prince, a 6-foot-7, 282-pound offensive tackle from Albemarle (N.C.), to UNC's commitment list is an understatement.

"He was going crazy," Prince said. "He was jumping up and down. He was bouncing off the walls. He was happy."

Ultimately, Prince felt UNC was the best fit for him and his future.

"I thought about it hard," Prince said. "I thought, ‘Would I be happy here playing football and as a student.' I thought that it was my best pick."

In addition to Sunday's visit, Prince has visited UNC twice in the past ten days attending Saturday's junior day and the basketball game against Duke.

"Each visit just got more in-depth," Prince said. "I learned more from each visit. I grew a strong connection with the players and I grew a stronger bond with the coaches."

In particular, Prince developed the strongest bond with Kapilovic.

"Coach Kap', he was there for me when I was down when I de-committed [from Clemson] and he helped pick me back up," Prince said. "He got me back on my feet. My bond grew stronger. Through each visit, I got to know him more. He will get me ready for life and prepare me in my football career that will hopefully span into the NFL."

Prince committed to Clemson in late October, but when UNC changed it's coaching staff, he decided to visit the school and virtually narrowed it down to those two programs. Shortly following his early February visit to UNC, Prince de-commited from Clemson and completely opened up his recruitment. Recently, though, he decided he wanted to continue his football career in the Tar Heel State.

"I felt I should have started off clean, so I felt like I needed to scratch them off my list," Prince said. "After that, I thought long and hard and my first priority was to stay in-state to play [college] football. So I narrowed it down to [North] Carolina, [NC] State, and Duke. I thought about State and I realized that I wouldn't be happy there as a student, so I took them off my list. So it came down to Duke and Carolina, and I decided to become a Tar Heel."

Prince is emphatic about the firmness of his commitment to UNC.

"This is forever," Prince said. "I am officially done with recruiting. No more visits, no more anything. I am done with the recruiting process. No other schools can get me to open this whole thing back up."

Prince is UNC's fourth commitment in the 2013 class -- all of which are in-state players.

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."

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