Shembo to stay the course

Prince Shembo didn't experience the level of success during his senior season that he expected, but he still appreciated the time he spent with his teammates. The linebacker from Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, N.C.) is now hoping to see his future teammates turn their season around.

Rumors are circulating about the future of the Notre Dame coaching staff, but Prince Shembo (6-foot-2, 225-pounds) doesn't pay much attention to them.

"Yeah, I will," Shembo responded when asked if he would sign his letter of intent with Notre Dame in February. "To be honest they need to leave that alone and stop putting everything on the coaching staff. I know they lost against Navy, but there were a lot of dumb mistakes; fumbling, missed field goals, and the ball bouncing off of Michael Floyd's back. Those things really aren't the coaches fault and they don't have control over that. Every one of those times they could have scored. I guess I can't really say anything, but nothing is going to change my decision to go to Notre Dame.

"They'll get better. It's not like they're getting blown out or anything. They've all been good games. Everyone is playing hard. The mistakes that they've been having can be changed and then they'll be fine."

Shembo was hoping his senior season would turn out better than it did. Ardrey Kell suffered through a difficult 3-7 campaign, with their star athlete sidelined for half of those contests.

"We ended our season two weeks ago," Shembo explained. "We probably had the least athletic team that we've had, but we played hard. It's not the way that I wanted it to go. The season went real quick, because I only played five games. It's the last time I'm going to play with these guys. When you're out there playing with your teammates you just develop that bond.

"It went by like a blur. Everything went real fast. Now my senior year's over and there's no more in high school football. I really wanted this year to be a god year, but it definitely wasn't." Top Stories