Damian Prince is one of the most sought-after players in the 2014 class. The offensive tackle from Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara has offers from schools like Michigan, South Carolina, USC but here are four schools that are showing more interest than the rest.
"Right now Rutgers, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State are recruiting me the hardest," said the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Prince. "Florida State is probably the best team in the ACC. They pretty much are telling what I need to do to have a chance to start there as true freshman and I really like my recruiting coach, Coach (Odell) Haggins. He's a really genuine guy.
"Alabama is Alabama. That pretty much speaks for everything," said Prince. "You get to see them play every Saturday. They're always blowing teams out in the SEC, arguably the best conference in the country. So them winning so many games makes their recruiting pitch that much easier. I really do like Alabama.
"I went to Rutgers when they played Syracuse and I got a chance to sit down and meet Coach (Kyle) Flood and the whole coaching staff and talk about football and life outside of football," he said. "We also have a really great bond.
"I love the coaching staff at Ohio State. I'm probably the most comfortable with those coaches and the ones at Rutgers," Prince said. "I've spoken with all the Ohio State coaching staff, Coach (Urban) Meyer and Coach (Ed) Warinner. They've been recruiting me for like a year and a half so I kind of know them a good bit. That's why they've kind of got the upper hand."
Does that make the Buckeyes the team to beat?
"I wouldn't say Ohio State is the favorite I'm just the most familiar with their coaching staff," explained Prince. "I didn't have a favorite school growing up because I just started playing football in 8th grade."
Before Prince started playing football he focused on honing his basketball skills. How do his basketball skills help him on the football field?
"In basketball you have to be in shape because it is a lot of running," he said. "You have to be able to move your feet, jump and be quick. That's definitely helped me be a good pass blocker and I'm not interested playing basketball in college."
Prince is training hard and staying focused on this season. He reportedly benches 365 pounds and squats 625 pounds.