Ohio State has had a very busy week with visitors and commitments and Damian Prince decided to get in on the action. While the five-star offensive tackle from Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara did not commit while on campus in Columbus, he came away with a great impression of the Buckeyes.
"We left Thursday evening and got to Columbus late that night," said the 6-foot-5, 292-pound Prince. "We had breakfast and talked with a coach. We got to campus and talked to some other coaches, took a tour, meet with Coach Warinner and got acquainted with the entire coaching staff. I didn't know that almost all of the coaching staff is from Ohio. Then we talked to Coach Meyer and went out for lunch. Later that night we had dinner at Eddie George's restaurant with Coach Smith.
"This is actually my first really big visit," he said. "I'm not calling any of the other schools small but this is the biggest school I've been to so far. Everything was just so big. I have nothing negative to say about the facilities. Their weight room was state of the art. Above the weight room was the players lounge. Everything was just set up perfectly.
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"I got to see the dorms later that day when I hung out with some of the players," Prince said. "I got to meet up with the player's counselor who runs the tutoring program for the players. I got to sit down with him to talk about my classes, the options for my major, business and marketing, and the curriculum. We talked for a while but it didn't drag. He made it interesting and we talked about what players do outside of football and how they study."
The education program is one of the things that really stood out to Prince.
"I actually really like the way the academics are set up," he said. "The schedule is really packed but they break it down into an easy schedule with everything happening at a specific time. It's very structured and there isn't a lot of time to go off and do things in the free time. Some of the players were saying that it is a little overwhelming at first but that you get adjusted to it."
Prince has an official top ten of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt but, since he hasn't visited many of those schools, it's difficult for him to say which ones are at the top of the list.
"I can't really compare the schools too much because I haven't had a chance to be at the other schools," said Prince. "Right now they are sitting pretty high but it's just hard to compare all the schools just because I haven't been there."
Prince knows which schools he will visit next.
"I'm going to visit South Carolina, Florida State, Alabama and Tennessee," he said. "South Carolina and Tennessee will probably happen on the same trip. The week after that I'll probably do Florida State and the week before my season starts I'll probably go to Alabama.
"I'm not feeling rushed at all right now," Prince explained. "After these next visits, if something tells me that I really like one of these schools, then I won't hold back and I'll go ahead and make my decision but right now I don't see that happening. As of right now I'm planning on having things go until signing day."
Recent Ohio State commit Jalyn Holmes is already trying to persuade Prince to come to Ohio State.
"Jalyn and I talk like almost every day," Prince laughed. "Him and I got pretty close leading up to Chicago. He has nothing but great things to say about Ohio State. Of course now that he's committed he's trying to recruit for them. His personality fits in at Ohio State very, very well and he was just ready to make his decision and I'm not ready to do that yet."
Holmes and Prince competed in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge Presented by Under Armour in Chicago at Soldier Field earlier this month.