GREENBELT – Four members of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School football team garnered center stage on Wednesday morning—but one stole the spotlight. While his three teammates had already made their college choices known, All-Sentinel offensive tackle Isaiah Prince sat at the table with three hats in front of him, one each from the final three […]
GREENBELT – Four members of the Eleanor Roosevelt High School football team garnered center stage on Wednesday morning—but one stole the spotlight.
While his three teammates had already made their college choices known, All-Sentinel offensive tackle Isaiah Prince sat at the table with three hats in front of him, one each from the final three schools on his list of prospects – the University of Maryland, the University of Alabama and Ohio State University. Less than two weeks earlier, Prince had already verbally committed to Alabama, but Wednesday morning he donned a different cap – picking the defending national champion Ohio State Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer.
“The main reason that I chose Ohio State was because they didn’t put any pressure on me,” Prince said. “They were willing to work with me. They made me feel like I could step right in and start my sophomore year. Taylor Decker is going to be their senior, starting left tackle next season. I think I can compete for his spot after he graduates. They really made me feel comfortable the whole time.”
Prince said initially he committed to Alabama after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in which Crimson Tide coaches had been impressed with his play. But Prince backpedalled in the week leading up to signing day and admitted that he even considered staying home at the University of Maryland. But by Tuesday evening, after discussing his options with his parents and coach and athletic director Tom Green, Prince believed Ohio State was the best fit.
“We had talked about his choices every day for the last month or so,” Green said. “It was one of those things where he committed to Alabama early, but he still kept his options open. In the end, I think he made the right decision. Ohio State never put any pressure on him to commit early. He can probably get playing time this year, but if not he can begin playing his sophomore year.”
Three other Roosevelt players signed on Wednesday. Mike-Ryan Mofor, the Raiders’ leading rusher in 2014, is headed to Saint Anselm’s in Massachusetts, while Quinlen Dean is going to New Hampshire and Louie Akuffo is staying close to home at Gallaudet University. Mofor spent his freshman year at Laurel before transferring to Roosevelt for his final three seasons.
“Saint Anselm was my top choice all along,” Mofor said. “I thought they were the best fit for me, athletically and academically. Their coach had been on the same staff with [Philadelphia Eagles coach] Chip Kelly at one time, so I know that I always have that connection moving forward. These last three years here were great. They were hard because we always hit the weight room. I’m still in the weight room every day.”