Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Tom Green thought All-Met offensive lineman Isaiah Prince would be leaving for a scheduled visit to Ohio State on Friday morning. The night before heading out of town, though, the highly coveted prospect alerted Green to a change of plans.
Green confirmed Friday that Prince committed to Alabama on Thursday evening, unexpectedly canceling trips to see Ohio State and Maryland over the next two weekends. Prince took an official visit to Alabama last weekend and made his decision public Friday morning.
“I wasn’t surprised that he committed to Alabama,” Green said. “I was surprised he canceled his trips to Maryland and Ohio State. I thought he was going to go through and at least evaluate the other schools to have something to compare it to.”
Prince, a four-star recruit by all the major recruiting services, stockpiled more than 20 scholarship offers and helped Eleanor Roosevelt rush for more than 3,700 yards this past season. The Raiders lost in the Maryland 4A South region final. He’s listed at 6 feet 6 and 272 pounds and will initially play offensive tackle at the college level.
Prince did not immediately return a message seeking comment on his commitment.
“I know he loved the school,” said Green, who accompanied Prince during an unofficial visit to Alabama last spring. “I think it’s a good choice for him. He’ll do well. He’ll be successful either way.”
Prince joins a collection of star linemen from the Washington area who have been lured to Tuscaloosa, Ala., by Crimson Tide Coach Nick Saban of late. DeMatha offensive linemen Cyrus and Arie Kouandjio, former Parkdale offensive lineman Leon Brown, 2012 All Met defensive player of the year Jonathan Allen (Stone Bridge) and 2013 All Met defensive player of the year Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge) have all ended up at Alabama in recent years. Gonzaga offensive lineman Richie Petitbon is another 2014 All-Met who has orally committed to the Tide.
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