Prince Finishes on Top

Running back Munir Prince finished his senior season with a bang. The 5-10, 180-pound speedster and his De Smet high school team won the state championship last weekend. We spoke with Prince earlier in the week to find out how it feels to "play like a champion."

"It was a great feeling," Munir Prince said about winning the state championship this past weekend. "We were working hard all year. It feels really good to have that hard work pay off for you."

Prince said the game was certainly exciting and the outcome in doubt until the end.

"I wasn't nervous, even when they scored to make it 31-38," he said. "I knew we were going to pull it out. It was a great game. We played well and they played really hard."

Prince said he was also excited about the progress he made during his senior season.

"I really worked hard to get better this year," the St. Louis, Mo. prospect explained. "I lifted a lot and I got stronger and I could tell that on the field. I also worked really hard on my hands and I felt I improved there.

"It was nice to be able to showcase my talent and let everyone know that I'm one of the top backs around here."

"I finished with around 1,300 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season," he said. "We threw the ball lot more this season, but they got me involved in the passing game as well."

Ironically the senior running back lives right across the street from the school he and his teammates beat for the championship this past weekend, Hazlewood Central. Prince chose De Smet over Central because of the academics opportunities De Smet provides, and Prince mentioned he was proud that he'll be able to leave De Smet while they're on top.

"I'm glad that we can say ‘De Smet does have a great football program,'" he said. "I'm glad we were able to create a tradition there before we left. It makes me really happy with my decision to go there."

Prince also has been keeping an eye on the Irish and looks forward to getting back to South Bend this weekend when he takes his official visit.

"That was a close one," Prince said of Notre Dame's victory over Stanford. "I'm really happy for coach Weis and the team. They're going to a BCS game and nobody really thought that was going to happen. It's good to see Notre Dame playing big-time football again.

"I'm really looking forward to going up there this weekend," he said. "They have the banquet this weekend and most of the committed players will be there. It will be great to meet everyone up there." Top Stories