Randy Edsall and the Maryland staff went searching in the local recruiting pond and have officially caught the big fish, reeling in five-star Bishop McNamara (Md.) offensive lineman Damian Prince, the senior announced on national television Wednesday morning.
Prince, who chose Maryland over Florida and South Carolina, is rated as the No. 20 overall prospect in the class by Rivals.com and the No. 2 overall prospect at his position.
"I'm very sure and I'm very positive that I made a righteous decision," Prince said on ESPN's broadcast. "It just really fell down to following my heart, you know, because going through this decision, everybody sounds the same, everybody's saying great, great things so it's really you kind of have to weed out what you feel is real.
"My decision that I made here today was solely based on me, it was solely based on where I thought I was going to mature and have the best opportunity to play the quickest and the best opportunity to make the best out of my next four years playing collegiate football."
He fills a major need for the Terrapins on an offensive line that was ranked 74th in the nation this past season, allowing its quarterbacks to be sacked 2.2 times per game. In the much larger and more physical Big Ten, a 6-4, 292-pound offensive lineman slots in nicely.
Prince will join four-star lineman Derwin Gray and junior college behemoth Larry Mazyck on the Terrapins offensive line next season.
The signature from Prince is another feather in the cap of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has been integral to the Terrapins’ recruiting efforts in the region. Prince is Maryland’s lone five-star prospect from the Class of 2014.
"This has been a great journey. I've done a lot of praying and a lot of talking to God," Prince said. "As my maturation as a man, I've had to persevere through a lot and what my great grandfather told me is perseverance builds character."