January 31st, 2014 01:37pm

Prince previews UF visit


Damian Prince will choose between Florida and Maryland on National Signing Day. (Photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post).

Florida has been trending upward for offensive tackle Damian Prince throughout this month, and that will culminate this weekend when the Under Armour All-American makes an official visit to UF.

It will be his third time in the state of Florida, but first trip to Gainesville.

“I really want to just see the school, get to see the campus, and see how the players interact with the coaches,” Prince said. “I’ve never been there before, so I need to see if it’s the right fit for me.”

Leading the charge for Florida in that endeavor will be new offensive line coach Mike Summers and freshman cornerback Jalen Tabor.

The Gators began gaining steam for Prince when those two became UF bound in the second week of January. Summers is Prince’s favorite offensive line coach, and Tabor his best friend.

Florida will count on those relationships to help Prince reach the comfort level he has with in-state Maryland, his other finalist. The Terps have long been considered the favorite for him, but their recent staff turnover at his position has presumably made the Gators more appealing with the hire of Summers.

Prince is also a fan of new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and sees an opportunity at UF.

“I want to play in the kind of offense he runs — fast-paced and exciting” Prince said of Roper. “I think it was good move for Florida. I like what I’ve seen from him.”

The 6-foot-5, 292-pounder is rated a five-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports. He will announce his decision Wednesday at 10:25 a.m ET on ESPNU.

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  1. January 31st, 2014 1:46 pm

    Come on big boy… Need some road graders
    Any idea when the others are announcing? Jcj, McKenzie, Harris and Worton…
    Interesting that carter is announcing at 340 eastern and McWilliams (presumably) waits on LC.

    by MattDamion

  2. January 31st, 2014 2:24 pm

    If you read the bio on this young man, he seems to be the quality man we want. If he is like his grandfather, he will be an attribute. And, the northeast and east states have contributed to the football arena!

    by PaGator

  3. January 31st, 2014 3:02 pm

    Oh…yeah….forgot about a guy named Percy Harvin, who was from the NE. All, a long line of failures from the NE part of the country. Prince is next to join them….as a star at Florida a potentially in the NFL as well. Join the list….Mr. Prince. Welcome to Gator Nation. The team needs players as good as you. Go Gators.

    by Tampa Gator

  4. January 31st, 2014 3:05 pm

    Amen Tampa!!!

    by Brother Love

  5. January 31st, 2014 3:07 pm

    Reading that it will be USC or UCLA for Adoree Jackson. Too bad if true.
    Also…Georgia looking very good for Lorenzo Carter and Va. Tech for McKinzie. So, possibly only closes for Prince, Worton, and McWilliams on NSD. Wish the staff had landed a big time, 5-star WR. But maybe next year with Campbell.

    by Tampa Gator

  6. January 31st, 2014 3:20 pm

    Shariff Floyd was a much better player from the Northeast than Easley or Powell.

    by Dustin

  7. January 31st, 2014 3:26 pm


    Powell is from California. And he, although leaving early to be a late round draft pick (at best), was way overhyped by the recruiting sites and the coaches. He never ever lived up to expectations (injuries did not help) and probably should have played on the offensive side of the ball at TE. The Gators could have used him there last year. Super nice guy, however. And a quality human being.

    by Tampa Gator

  8. January 31st, 2014 3:30 pm

    Speaking of recruiting…..for 2015. Did anyone else see the very impressive list of 2015 recruits that will be in Gainesville this weekend. You probably could build a team of All-Americans from the group. I hope they leave with a very positive lasting impression after the weekend…..along with Prince. Go Gators.

    by Tampa Gator

  9. January 31st, 2014 3:31 pm

    Correction DUSTIN, Powell is from California (west coast).


  10. January 31st, 2014 3:50 pm

    “About the only lineman has panned out from another region was Easley and he was injury prone.”

    Mr. Expert: Shariff Floyd was from Philly and he wound up being a first round pick.

    by Albert D Alligator

  11. January 31st, 2014 4:39 pm

    Percy Harvin is from Virgina Beach??? That’s the epicenter of the south. The north east is a wasteland for football. Many high schools in New England don’t play football,,,

    by TD Jenkins

  12. January 31st, 2014 4:43 pm

    Hopefully, we have a real good chance with Damian Prince and Adoree Jackson.
    Not looking good at the moment with Isaiah McKenzie.
    He just dropped Notre Dame from his final choices and added Virginia Tech. He has followed Virginia Tech since he was 11 years old and calls them his “dream school”. He is visiting Virginia Tech this weekend after they offered him.

    by Steven

  13. January 31st, 2014 5:06 pm

    I have been critical of Muschamp for various reasons, but I’d like to share my support for his recent efforts to revamp the offense…like he preached, he looked in the mirror and started with his own philosophy. IMO, after 1-2 years of proven offensive potency, we will again attract nation-wide elite offensive talents. Now is the time – Bama has begun to descend back to earth after being exposed by OU and AJ moving on. They still get a bunch of ‘bandwagon’ guys but also have begun losing some and even having recruits back-out on them! Get in Prince! Everyone knows UF will be UF again in short order! LUV UF!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  14. January 31st, 2014 6:24 pm

    we need this guy. With him that will make 2 top 15 tackles and we sure could use that kind of help on the O line

    by azdesertgator

  15. January 31st, 2014 7:10 pm

    Has nothing to do with what part of the country a player is from, it’s all about scouting and development.

    by Gator Todd

  16. January 31st, 2014 7:55 pm

    I wouldn’t call any kid that makes it to a D1 program a failure. I welcome any great prospect to Gator Nation. Go Gators!

    by Lance

  17. January 31st, 2014 8:00 pm

    You will be the “Prince” of GATOR NATION! When Damian chooses UF and with the rest of the commits we are getting this year, it looks very promising for the future of Florida football. Come on young man you will be a fan favorite! GO GATORS!

    by Ed Long

  18. January 31st, 2014 8:55 pm

    TigerCat Zero, you are mistaken about Alabama. They may have lost a couple of games, but I don’t see them losing eight anytime soon. As for players, they have the number one recruiting class again, and everyone else is fighting for second, and it’s not even close. As for McCarron leaving, he wasn’t that good in the first place ad they now have FSU’s backup to replace him. Let’s see how far they’ve descended when UF goes to play them this year,

    by snowprint

  19. January 31st, 2014 11:08 pm

    Anyone who posts under the name Arizona_Gator will have their comment deleted. The real Arizona_Gator, please use another name. If I see comments with different emails and IP addresses that use the same name, I will delete them as well. I’ll also be deleting any comments that attack other posters. I apologize in advance if I don’t get to them soon enough.

    by Zach Abolverdi

  20. February 1st, 2014 12:22 am

    Thank you Zach !!! I am tired of people bashing our team

    by Gatorsforlife

  21. February 1st, 2014 1:56 am

    @ snowprint, no question they have a great thing going and will continue to do well but they are not head and shoulders above everyone the way many impulsively credit them to be. Recruiting momentum is in their favor but my feel is it soon shifts. They can’t get all the recruits, but they have done a great job of developing and instilling confidence in their take. AJ was a HUGE part of there success during his career; hopefully Coker is not as successful. I am a little more optimistic in contrast to yourself, I don’t see us losing 8 either. Everyone will be looking to see how much we’ve improved. I honestly don’t know what to expect going into the season but I do know we are not going to lay down for NOBODY! My expectations are, we go in there and we show we have what it takes to execute offensively and defensively and beat a good team on the road. That game will be the one where our lights come on again. LUV UF!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  22. February 1st, 2014 3:30 am

    @snowprint. just my opinion but McCarron was one of the most underrated QB’s out there. No he doesnt have the flash of Manziel or the mechanics of Aaron Murray, but he knew how to manage the game. I do agree however that it wont impact Bama at all. Lets not forget McCarron led bama to the National title as a freshman. Bama’s Offense in my opinion lives and dies with their RB’s and they are stacked in that department

    by HS

  23. February 1st, 2014 8:53 am

    Thank You Zach for trying to get these losers off a GATOR blog! If all you have to say are negative things get on with that some where else! No one is ok with or happy about this past season but its over, Muschamp is still coach, Driskel will still probably be starter etc.. Best news is that Muschamp realized his offensive scheme was not working and admitting to the problem is half the battle. I believe Roper and Summers will help this O tremendously. There are a lot of athletes and a lot of talent at UF and this new spread scheme will show it. We have spring, summer, and 3 cake home games to get it into a rhythm before traveling to Bama. This class even being top 10 is amazing considering the year UF had and the coaching turn around. The players really like Muschamp and that is a testament to him. I really believe UF has a great shot at Prince and him and Sharpe will be beast on the O line. I also think the track team will help UF get Adoree Jackson. With those 2 and possibly another 3-4* receiver this class may finish top 5 on most boards. Go Gators!!

    by JW

  24. February 1st, 2014 4:12 pm

    @snowprint. that Bama game is going to be HUGE! Both teams will prepare for MONTHS, beginning in Spring! Where you probably see the Tide rolling, I see UF putting the college football world ON NOTICE! What a wonderful opportunity for us, it will be! Makes me want to go for a run right now! LUV UF!

    by TigerCatZeroZero

  25. February 1st, 2014 5:25 pm

    It really depends. I see this as probably one of the top 5 important games in the last decade. I don’t know who to predict though. If Florida figures out offense again and Roper does his thing I could point out a lot of reasons I think our offense could be dangerous. If our offense just scores like 30 points I don’t think there’s a team in the nation that could score that much on this D when healthy. Then again if we get more of the same on offense it won’t be pretty. It all comes down to 3 things in my mind. 1. Are we healthy? 2. Is Roper allowed to have complete control and do his thing. 3. Is mike summers as good as we think and the one to get our line back on top. If the answer to those 3 questions are yes I think people will be surprised just how far we go despite a tough schedule. All I can do for now though is say we’ll see

    by AZG_77

  26. February 1st, 2014 8:09 pm

    If theres anything I know, its watching young boys play ball and I can tell you this is a great group of kids. Hopefully we can develop these kids in to something special. Go Gators!

    by JW

  27. February 1st, 2014 8:10 pm

    Nice to see that someone else here has the same passion I do. I have also been watching these young boys at play and they are quite impressive. I cant wait to get to know them better.

    by Arizona_Gator

  28. February 1st, 2014 10:25 pm

    I have really spent a lot of time analyzing this upcoming football season. I have a vast amount of knowledge of college football from watching in on tv so much. I can tell you that after I used my unique formula to predict each game this upcoming season, I think we will finish 5-7. I am usually very accurate in my predictions about college football and recruiting. I have much more in depth knowledge than most people. 5-7 is a lock.

    by AZG_77

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