UCLA's Interest Changes Plans

The 6-3 quarterback from Encino (Calif.) Crespi, Kevin Prince, had a nice, set little plan for deciding on his college -- until recently. After Prince worked out at the UCLA Three-Day Camp on Monday, and the UCLA coaches talked to him, things have now changed for the quarterback prospect...

Encino (Calif.) Crespi quarterback Kevin Prince (6-2.5, 195) camped at UCLA on Monday, his first opportunity to throw in front of the Bruin coaching staff, and Prince felt his performance was good.

"It was a good camp, I had fun and I thought I did pretty well," said Prince. "It was basically my only shot (to throw in front of the coaches). I wanted to show what I could give them, and see if I could come out with an offer. That being said, I didn't put any pressure on myself, I just had to do my thing. You can't overdo it. I just stayed relaxed and tried to do what I do."

It wasn't until afterwards, though, that Prince realized how well he did. Head coach Karl Dorrell pulled Prince aside to reiterate a conversation the two had in May.

Prince said: "About a month and a half ago, Coach Dorrell talked with me about if I was going to go on an (LDS) mission. They possibly had interest in a second quarterback in this class. So after the second practice yesterday, he talked and asked if I remembered the conversation and he said after what he saw that is still a possibility and he wants to set up a meeting."

Prince said the caveat was that if UCLA were to offer him, and he were to accept, he would go on his mission immediately and would enroll at UCLA in the fall of 2010, two years behind Nick Crissman. He also wouldn't count against UCLA's scholarship numbers for this class. And while it is still only a possibility, Prince was very open to the idea.

"That's really not a problem at all. Basically, if I know I want to go on a mission, that would be a perfect situation. I've been a UCLA fan all of my life," said Prince, who's father is a UCLA alum and who also was a ball boy for three years for Bruin games at the Rose Bowl. "When I was in eighth grade through 10th grade, I was the ball boy. But playing for UCLA has been something that has been going through my mind way before that. It's kind of cool that it's looking more and more like a possibility."

Before the surge in interest from UCLA, Prince had focused on two schools, Washington and BYU, and he said that those two schools still remain as his leaders. This weekend, he'll attend a camp at Washington. "I'm going to Washington on Thursday and throwing at their camp on Friday and Saturday," said Prince. "Growing up as a UCLA fan, I always wanted to play in the Pac-10, so when Washington offered, I was pretty excited."

Originally, Prince was hoping to have a decision by the end of June, the trip to Washington the final step necessary to choose his college destination. But now that an offer from UCLA is at least a topic for discussion for Prince, his timetable has been thrown for a loop. "If they do end up offering, I have no idea when I'll make my decision, but it definitely won't be in the same timetable I set for myself," said Prince.

When the weekend is done, Prince's camp tours conclude as well, and he'll just focus on passing league, which Crespi has already had a strong start in. And he's continuing to make major strides from a collarbone injury suffered in the final week of the season. "When I fully returned from my injury, everything started to came together at once and now I feel 100%," said Prince. "With camps ending, it's juts passing league after that."

Last season, Prince threw for 1,422 yards on 112-of-197 passing and 12 touchdowns but the Celts relied primarily on a solid ground game. This year, the plan is to have more of a balanced offense.

Academically, Prince has a 3.2 GPA and scored a 1620 on the SAT.


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