Ohio State’s spring practice is around the corner. The Buckeyes have already started training for the 2016 season and the team will begin spring practice March 8. With nine underclassmen and a number of seniors departing from the 2015 team that went 12-1, there are plenty of questions surrounding the 2016 Buckeyes. BuckeyeSports.com is taking a look at some of the young players suiting up for Ohio State this spring and what they have to gain between now and the Spring Game on April 16.
What Prince Has Done: After coming to Ohio State as a four-star prospect and the fourth-ranked player in the Buckeyes fourth-highest rated player Prince became the first freshman to have his black stripe removed in 2015, an accomplishment made even more impressive considering the offensive tackle did not enroll early. Prince cracked the two-deep almost immediately and played in 11 games as a true freshman, entering the game as a reserve tackle and playing on the field goal unit.
What The Coaches Are Saying: "Prince was a battle. Prince committed to another school. Wonderful family, father is from Trinidad, and just a great, great people. He was a fit. And then we went to see him, felt great. Home visit. And then he made a commitment. He came back for a visit and was blown away. And it was a street fight until signing day. I think he's a great fit. Great player that a lot of people wanted." – Urban Meyer
Why Prince Is Important: When the Buckeyes look around this spring both of their 2015 starting tackles will be gone as three total linemen from last year's squad exhausted their eligibility. Ohio State clearly has talent along the line, Prince being one of the more talented linemen on the roster, but finding a cohesive unit that can protect J.T. Barrett is priority No. 1 for Ohio State this spring. Prince is a big part of those plans and his continued development would go a long way towards stabilizing a unit in flux for the first time since 2014.
What Prince Has To Gain: A starting spot. It won't be easy given the presence of Jamarco Jones and the looming fall arrival of JUCO transfer Malcolm Pridgeon, but a strong spring could allow Prince to solidify himself as one of the Buckeyes starting tackles, potentially leapfrogging Jones in the process. The only spots that are solidified are Pat Elflein at center and Billy Price at gaurd, but with both tackle spots open Prince's spring is full of opportunity. Prince has all the makings of Ohio State's next left tackle and if the spring goes well for him he could assume that role as a true sophomore.
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