2014 National Signing Day: Maryland Terrapins Secure Local 5-Star OT Damian Prince

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As the Maryland Terrapins look to make the transition from the ACC to the Big Ten in 2014, they will need a strong foundation to tackle the new challenges that come from a change in competitive landscape. They were able to secure a huge piece of that foundation on National Signing Day when they were able to keep five-star offensive tackle Damian Prince close to home and protect their recruiting turf. With Prince in the fold, the Terps can move into the Big Ten with some added confidence.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Prince was ranked as the No. 27 overall recruit in the 2014 cycle and the No. 2 offensive tackle prospect. He was one of the best prospects to come out of the state of Maryland this season and was garnering a ton of national attention. He chose the Terps over offers from the Florida Gators and South Carolina Gamecocks, turning away from the temptation of the SEC to stay close to his District Heights, Maryland, home and play for his home-town program.

Prince is by far the crown jewel of the Maryland recruiting class and a huge win for the program. Being able to get the best recruits from your own back yard is a cornerstone to successful recruiting and it helps when your own backyard produces an elite talent like Prince. Getting him into the fold is going to give the Maryland class a huge boost and give the Terps some serious talent to work with in 2014 and beyond.

It’s always nice when a team can count on that home-town bump to secure recruits in their own backyard. For Maryland, they were fortunate that their backyard gave them an elite offensive tackle in Damian Prince who will serve as a building block for the program’s future success.

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