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.