Damian Prince recruit scouting report: Elite offensive tackle

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Prince might be the best player in the state of Maryland, and he's being chased by plenty of top programs.

Damian Prince, an offensive tackle from District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara High School, is one of the top prospects at his position in the class of 2014. Prince has offers from numerous major college football programs, including Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, South Carolina, Southern Cal, Clemson, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

Prince, who stands 6'6 and weighs 288 pounds, is a consensus five-star recruit. He is considered the second-best player at his position by 247Sports and the No. 11 overall prospect in the class. Scout and Rivals aren't quite as high on him, as both services consider him a four-star player.

Bud Elliott, SB Nation Recruiting: Prince is in the discussion for the designation of top offensive tackle in the country.

Prince has the frame and athleticism to become an elite offensive tackle at the college level. He is a powerful man who dominates his opponents in the run game. He's able to climb to the second level and has the feet to stay on balance once there.

Those feet are also evident in the passing game, as he is quickly able to get into his set. His length prevents rushers from getting into his body.

Prince is not without his weaknesses. He does have a tendency to play too high, perhaps because he can get away with it at the high school level. When playing high, Prince's powerful hips and lower body are negated. And in pass protection, he is sometimes too quick to set up, which can leave him vulnerable to inside rushes.

Prince needs to become nastier, but this disposition is something that often changes when a player moves from an environment in which he is rarely physically challenged, to one in which he has physical peers.

I'm also encouraged that Prince has not rested on his laurels, and instead has worked himself into great shape, losing 12 pounds of baby fat and improving his athleticism.

Prince has the talent to start as a true freshman at the BCS level if the team he selects has the need. That's high praise for an offensive tackle.

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