The final list of schools for Bishop McNamara five-star offensive line prospect Damian Prince is a collection of SEC and Big Ten football powerhouses--Auburn, LSU, Florida, Penn State--and then Maryland.
The local school, the school on the move, the school with football ambitions that far outshine the last three years of the program’s history. So how can they compete with four established brands? To Prince, he says, that doesn’t matter.
“Even though they may not be in the top--well, they weren’t in the top of their conference last year and they may not be next year--but that’s neither here nor there, you know,” he told ESPN’s Recruiting Nation.
“They have a great coaching staff. They have a great nucleus of players as well and, you know, they aren’t going to do anything but get better and keep on getting better.”
Prince is Maryland’s major blue-chip target as signing day approaches, an effort to bolster an offensive line that struggled in the ACC this past season, with the fear rightfully being that it will only become more difficult in the Big Ten.
But it is clear that the move to a new conference is at the center of the pitch to Prince. He continued his conversation with ESPN:
“Them making that jump, of course, to the Big Ten conference, they’re going to play up against some top, top players and, you know, that opportunity to play in that conference,” he said.
“I want to say--I don’t know if this statistic is correct--but that’s where the most offensive lineman are drafted from. So them playing in that conference really, really just nothing but a great promotion for me.”
That, in hand with stressing the importance of academics and the school’s close relationship with Under Armour, appears to be the strongest pitch Maryland can lay out for Prince.
He is scheduled to make his decision on National Signing Day, Feb. 5.