[rl]At the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour last weekend, five-star Damian Prince hinted that he could be narrowing his list down soon. On Tuesday, June 11 the offensive tackle from Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara announced his official top ten on Twitter.
"I did it in alphabetical order," said the 6-foot-5, 292-pound Prince. "They are Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt."
The nation's second rated offensive tackle talked briefly about each school and explained why he still considering them.
Alabama - "Alabama has three national championship in four years," Prince said. "That's a stat that no other school has. It's a great program and they're always winning the SEC."
Florida - "I talk with Coach Muschamp about every week," he said. "We talk a lot and he has said that I would have a chance to play as a freshman. They've had a few really good recruiting classes in a row so they'll probably be one of the top programs in the country in the next couple of years."
Florida State - "Coach Haggins and those guys have been recruiting me since my freshman year," said Prince. "That's when they offered me. I just see the chance to play right away. That's something that I really want to do."
Georgia - "Georgia was a school that I always liked," he said. "I always liked their style of offense. The offensive line coach and I talk periodically and I know how big of a priority I am to them."
Maryland - "Maryland is a great school with great academics," Prince said. "They were my first offer. It's my hometown school. Everybody has great things to say about it. That's why they made the list. I really like Maryland because they bring a lot of things to the table, academically and athletically with the move to the Big Ten."
Ohio State - "Coach Smith and Coach Meyer talk with me every week," he said. "They are also telling me that I'll have the chance to play early. I'd like to go to a school that will let me play as early as possible."
Rutgers - "It's pretty much the same things I've been saying about them since day one," said Prince. "They have six offensive line coaches on staff. A place that has that many offensive line coaches to help me is very attractive."
South Carolina - "Coach Mangus, Coach Spurrier and Coach Elliot came to a couple of my games during my junior season," he said. "Coach Mangus recruits a lot of local guys including Na'Ty Rodgers from last year. Na'Ty has a lot of great things to say about the school. He says the coaching staff is great, it's a great city and they're in the SEC so they play against the best teams week in and week out."
Tennessee - "Tennessee is doing a great job recruiting," Prince said. "They got D'Andre Payne who I'm pretty close with. They have one of the top recruiting classes right now and that's a testament to how hard they are working to recruit."
Vanderbilt- "Vanderbilt's academics really sets them apart," he said. "Also Coach Franklin was the coach at Maryland that recruited me my freshman year. He has turned that whole program around, making a bowl game and beating some big time teams."
Prince has only visited a few schools but has already made plans to see three more.
"South Carolina, Ohio State, Florida and Florida State are pretty much locked in for a visit," said Prince. "If I could I would get down to Alabama. I know that the South Carolina, Florida and Florida State visits will be between July 21 and July 26. I've only visited Maryland and Rutgers.
"I went to Maryland again yester day and it went well," he said. "I got to see the all the academic stuff. They showed me the new locker room. This visit was more about the academic side of things. I want to major in business and marketing."
Prince admitted that Ohio State, Maryland, Rutgers, Alabama, Florida and Florida State are in the upper tier right now but that isn't set in stone.
"I'm not shutting it down to other schools," Prince said. "It was a tough decision to leave out N.C. State and Michigan. At any point in time this can change. I was waiting on an LSU offer but it hasn't come yet then it probably won't."
Don't expect a decision from Prince any time soon.
"I'll put out another six or seven right when we start training camp," he said. "After the season I'll take all my officials and make my decision on Signing Day."