Prince Leans Toward One

Encino (Calif.) Crespi quarterback Kevin Prince is still torn between the hometown school he grew up rooting for and the first Pac-10 school to offer him. Is he any closer to a decision?

Kevin Prince, the 6-foot-2.5, 195-pound, three-star quarterback from Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, Calif., had his list narrowed to Washington and BYU in late June, but said that if UCLA offered it would "open everything up again".

Well, the Bruins offered, knocking the Cougars out of the top two. As has been reported, it'll either be Washington or UCLA, in all probability.

The Huskies and the Bruins lead solidly over BYU according to Prince. All three have offered, as well as Utah, Nevada, Boise State, San Diego State, Wyoming and Air Force.

"I want to see how the teams look this season," said Prince,'s No. 27 quarterback. "Mainly, what I want to see is how well Washington does. I plan to go on my mission (LDS) and when I get back, I want to make sure that coach Ty Willingham will still be there. I know that they are pretty impatient up there and are expecting a lot from the team, so I want to see how well they do and how secure his job is. I think the program is talented and heading in the right direction, but they play a challenging schedule so we'll see how they do."

Prince, also ranked No. 88 in the West by, says the Huskies are recruiting him the hardest and although he says it's between them and the Bruins, Washington does have a slight edge.

"I've gotten to know coach Willingham pretty well and I have a great relationship with all the coaches. They used to text me all the time and now still email a lot. I just can't even explain the feeling."

This may come as a surprise to many, considering that Prince is a lifelong UCLA fan.

"Everyone thought that as soon as I got an offer from UCLA, I'd commit, but that's not the case," he said. "For some reason I'm not quite sure about UCLA yet. I just don't have that feeling for them the way I do for Washington.

"I grew up a UCLA fan, so it's hard to go against them, but it's strange because even though I've been there a lot, I just don't really feel at home there."

Prince plans to wait and see if perhaps that feeling changes. "Only time will tell," he said. "If I don't end up making a decision early, I'll only visit UCLA and Washington."

He says he definitely plans to attend a couple of UCLA games, specifically when the Bruins play BYU (Sept. 8) and Notre Dame (Oct. 6). "I think they'll have a great season," Prince said.

Crespi Carmelite opens their season against Los Angeles Birmingham on Aug. 31.

He reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 1620 SAT.

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