Since the hiring of James Franklin as the head coach at Penn State, the Nittany Lions have put themselves squarely in the running in the recruitment of five-star Bishop McNamara (Md.) offensive tackle Damian Prince.
The 6-5, 292-pound native of Forestville, Md., has narrowed his list down to five--Penn State, Maryland, Florida, Auburn, and LSU--and is scheduled to announce his decision on National Signing Day, Feb. 5.
And the game has changed since Franklin took over in Happy Valley. He talked about the coach, among other things, with ESPN.
“He has a great history as an offensive coordinator, not only at Vanderbilt, but at the University of Maryland,” Prince said of Franklin while talking to ESPN’s Recruiting Nation. “He was actually at the University of Maryland my freshman year, as well.
“He just has a great history and a great reputation of just making great offensive plays and having an efficient offense.”
Auburn and LSU have also made late pushes in the process, with Maryland and Florida on his trail for a longer time. The commitment of five-star cornerback Jalen Tabor to Florida could be a help to the Gators, as well, as the two are good friends.
You can watch the entirety of Prince's interview here.