Friday, March 07, 2014 9:03 PM
Published on: Friday, February 14, 2014
Brandy L. Simms, Sentinel Sports Reporter
The Maryland football program received some good news last week when Bishop McNamara senior Damian Prince announced on national television that he would be joining the Terrapins.
Prince’s National Signing Day announcement came as a welcome surprise to Maryland head coach Randy Edsall and his coaching staff.
“We didn’t know anything before that,” said Edsall. “We thought that we were in good shape and we had done everything we could possibly do. That was great news for our staff and for our program. When he announced, it kind of capped the morning off with 17 outstanding young men who have decided to come here and play their college football and get a great education here at the University of Maryland.”
Prince – a five-star recruit – was the state’s top-ranked prospect and coveted by the nation’s top college football programs. He became the third five-star recruit to join the Maryland football program in as many years.
The highly-touted 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, who earned Parade and Under Armour All-America honors, narrowed his list down to Maryland, Florida and South Carolina but opted to stay in-state. Prince’s arrival should offset the loss of Mike Madaras who decided the leave the program last year and has since transferred to Albany.
Madaras, a local product who prepped at Good Counsel, was also an Under Armour All-America in high school and became a starter at left tackle during his sophomore campaign last season.
Maryland also snagged Washington Catholic Athletic Conference products Jesse Aniebonam (Good Counsel) and Will Ulmer (St. John’s) who have both inked National Letters of Intent with the program.