School: Eleanor Roosevelt High, Greenbelt, Md.
Pos.: Offensive tackle
Weight: 275 pounds
Regional Ranking: 4
Recruiting Update: Prince has offers from Florida, Penn State, Maryland, Temple and Virginia.
Isaiah Prince grew up in New York but moved to Maryland three years ago, and he has begun to blossom on the football field. He holds five offers, and film is only starting to get out on him.
He spent the 2012 season starting at left tackle, but will move to right tackle in Eleanor Roosevelt’s option offense this season.
“I was comfortable at left tackle but I was moved to right tackle for (the upcoming) season,” Prince said. “My pass pro steps are different because I’m dropping back on my right foot instead of my left, so it feels a little bit different but not that much.”
Despite it being Prince’s first season on varsity last year, he allowed only one sack and became a force with his run blocking.
“(Schools like) my size, my wing span, my athleticism and how good I look on tape,” Prince said. “I think I do a great job run blocking, opening up the hole for the running back and staying on my assignments. We run the ball pretty often because it’s an option offense.”
Prince also had a few areas of concentration to improve his game during the offseason.
“Footwork and getting stronger and coming off the ball a lot faster,” Prince said. “Sometimes, I’d just get a ladder and put it in the sand pit at the school and do ladder drills. I did a lot more power cleaning, hand cleaning, squats, dead lifts and lifts like that.”
Scouting Report: Prince is long, athletic, explosive and raw. He does a good job of playing low but he needs to get a little more knee bend to help with is pad leverage. Prince gets off the ball well and once he locks onto a defensive player, he does a good drive of staying engaged and driving his legs to push the player backward.
Prince has a tendency to reach on his blocks and get off balance, but one he learns to sit back in his stance and sink his hips a bit, that will be alleviated. His athleticism and room for growth make him one of the top player in the region.