O-D Bowl: RJ Prince

Albemarle (NC) offensive lineman R.J. Prince, a North Carolina commit, is in Houston this week, representing the American team in the 2012 Offense-Defense Bowl...

Albemarle (NC) offensive lineman R.J. Prince is in Houston this week, representing the American team in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

"It's a big honor, a very big honor, to be chosen for this game. It's great to be here in Texas, too. I'm very happy to be down here playing in the game. It's a really cool opportunity to get to meet some new people. It's great to play against some other people, some great players," he said.

Prince, a long time North Carolina commit, is one of three future Tar Heels playing this game. He's enjoying the opportunity to spend some time with defensive linemen Dajaun Drennon and Nazair Jones.

"We played in another Bowl Game together, so we got to know each other. It's a great chance to be around each other, be on the same team, and have a great time, too," he said.

The lineman is also looking forward to making a statement about North Carolina.

"I'm going to go out there and give it all I got and in the game, too. I just want to play well," he said.

The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect will join the Tar Heels program in a few weeks, as he's enrolling early.

"I wanted to stay in state, so that was one of the most important things to me. It's a really good school and my family will be able to come watch me play," he said.

Though he plays both tackle positions, he thinks he'll ultimately end up on the right side. He's looking forward to contributing to the Tar Heels' offense.

"My size is probably my biggest strength on the field, but that's a given. I'm athletic and quick and I use my size well," he said.

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