At the NIKE 7 on 7 Passing Championship this past Friday, we got our first live look at Encino (Calif.) Crespi quarterback Kevin Prince. We missed Prince at the earlier NIKE Camps but we were very impressed with the talented signal caller and feel he's definitely among the top quarterbacks in the region.
Prince, 6-2, 185 pounds looked very good in games against Long Beach Poly and Birmingham, Van Nuys. He has nice size and arm strength, a very smooth and easy delivery with a quick release.
Prince showed very good accuracy in both games we saw and knows when to put some extra heat on the ball and when to take some off. He's very polished and has a good understanding of the quarterback position.
We were impressed with his poise and leadership all day and he made some big time throws in the Poly game when Crespi rallied to tie the game late before the refs (incorrectly) ruled that Poly was actually up two.
On the recruiting front, Prince told us that he's looking at Washington, BYU and UCLA with the Huskies and Bruins out in front.
"It's really between Washington and UCLA," Prince said. "Washington has offered but UCLA hasn't yet. I'm supposed to meet with Coach Dorrell when he comes back from vacation to discuss whether or not they're going to offer me. I'm going on my (Mormon) mission out of high school so if they offered me, I would come in as part of the class of 2010 and they're trying to figure out if that's something they want to do.
"My dad went to UCLA so I grew up a big Bruin fan but I've been up to Washington a couple of times and I really like it there too. I'm definitely going to commit before the summer is over so hopefully I'll know what UCLA wants to do soon so I can make my decision."
If the Bruins were to offer, Prince said he wasn't sure what he would do, although Notre Dame bound tight Joe Fauria, standing nearby, chimed in with his thoughts.
"He's going to UCLA," Fauria said. "We all know it, he's just waiting on the offer."
"That's what he thinks but I really don't know," countered Prince. "I'm just going to wait and see if UCLA offers and if they do, then I'll be able to weigh the two schools against each other and see where the best place for me is."