One of the first stops for college football recruiters this offseason will be McNamara, where four players already hold scholarship offers – none bigger than offensive lineman Damian Prince, a sophomore who is 6 feet 7 and 304 pounds.
Prince already holds seven scholarship offers – Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, North Carolina State, East Carolina and Buffalo – and has been invited to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He also is interested in Ohio State, Auburn and North Carolina and hopes to soon reel in an offer from Miami.
“Probably freshman year, I started getting a couple [summer] camp invites and questionnaires and stuff, but I didn’t think it was a big deal yet,” Prince said. “I still don’t think it’s a big deal quite yet. … I just feel like I haven’t really accomplished what I set out to accomplish.”
On that list of goals: A Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship, top-ranked team in Maryland, ranked among the top teams in the region.
“That’s the team goals,” Prince said. “For me, personally, to be the best offensive lineman in the country by the time I’m a senior, be a five-star recruit, have a choice to play at any college I choose.”
Lofty goals, indeed, especially considering McNamara’s recent struggles. Relying on a young lineup, the Mustangs went 3-6 this past season, 1-5 in WCAC play. The future, though, is brighter, with Prince, junior tight end-defensive end Kevin Robbins, junior lineman Darius Commissiong and junior quarterback Milan Collins all holding scholarship offers.
Prince, who considers himself a strong pass blocker, said he has always been a fan of Miami, Florida State, Louisiana State and Southern Cal. He went to Maryland’s camp last summer and might return this summer and is also thinking about taking unofficial visits to Virginia, West Virginia and possibly Clemson.
It is Prince’s size and athletic ability that make him a coveted prospect. He said he runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds and occasionally challenges McNamara’s skill position players to footraces.
“The skill guys always think they’re faster than me,” Prince said. “I have to show them every now and again.”