Rivals100 offensive tackle Isaiah Prince took a big trip to three SEC schools last week. The Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt star took this opportunity to strengthen relationships at each school.
"I got to Alabama on Wednesday morning," said the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Prince. "I got to hang out with the players, coaches and saw the campus. I liked all of it. I like coach Cristobal and the way he coaches. They were telling me that I would have the chance to play early because they only have a few tackles right now. I felt comfortable there.
"I got to speak to Arie Kouandjio and Leon Brown over at Alabama," he said. "They're both from my area and Leon is related to my coach. I think he is his third cousin."
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The next day Prince made the trip over to Auburn.
"I got to speak with coach Grimes and coach Malzahn at Auburn," Prince said. "They like the way my athleticism will fit in with their zone and read-option offense. I would have a chance to play early there just like at Alabama.
"There wasn't much different between the campuses," he said. "The environments were about the same and I felt really comfortable. The main factors are finding people I can trust, playing early and getting a good education. The rest of the stuff doesn't really matter to me."
Prince finished up his SEC tour with Florida's Friday Night Lights camp.
"Florida has a great campus," said Prince. "I like how everything is close to the football stadium. I want to study sports management and that's like three minutes from the stadium. Everything is just nearby. You don't have to walk very far.
"It was really cool to work with coach Summers at Florida to see how he coaches," he said. "I like the way he doesn't yell or scream. He just pulls you to the side and corrects your mistakes. I thought there were some really good players there. They used good technique and used their hands well. They were some good defensive linemen and I got some good work in.
"I have a great chance to play early there," Prince said. "I knew the schemes they use. Coach Summers and I sat down and went over some pass protections and I knew them all so I felt comfortable there. The team had a lot of injuries last year at every position but people are working hard to come back. I think they'll be fine this year."
The Gators and Maryland Terps have been mentioned as some of the top schools for Prince but he does not have any official top schools at this time.
"Maryland is still talking to me about staying home and competing or a Big Ten championship," he said. "I haven't really spoken to them recently. I know a few guys over there.
"I just need to evaluate some of these schools," said Prince. "I'll be able to name some top schools after that."
Prince and his teammates start camp next week at Eleanor Roosevelt.