Bishop McNamara (Md.) offensive lineman Damian Prince will announce Wednesday where he intends to play college football and if the five-star prospect chooses Maryland, it would be a major step toward improving a 2014 recruiting class that saw a crop of local talent choose to play elsewhere next season.
Though Auburn, LSU, and Penn State have all made late pushes, it appears Prince will choose between Maryland and SEC power Florida, something that was called a "toss up" a few days ago.
But a new report from Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated makes a much bolder statement:
"Even though Prince took an official visit to Florida last weekend," Thamel wrote on Tuesday. "Maryland has had him locked up since late last season thanks to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley."
Locksley is the staff's ace recruiter in the region, the driving force behind bringing former five-star receiver Stefon Diggs to Maryland and the biggest asset in head coach Randy Edsall quest to keep local talent at home.
"A run-blocking specialist," Thamel continues. "Prince wants to stay close to home so his family can see him play and has an underdog mentality, ideal for the Terrapins' jump to the Big Ten next season."
Not only would Prince's commitment mark a victory in a major recruiting battle for Maryland, but it would fill arguably Maryland's biggest need as it prepares to head to a new conference--the offensive line.
The Terrapins ranked 74th in the nation last season, allowing their quarterbacks to get sacked an average of 2.2 times per game.
With offensive lineman Mike Madaras leaving the university and enrolling at Albany, as well as four-star former commit Jared Cohen flipping to North Carolina, Prince would be a major upgrade on Maryland's line next season.