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UA Game jersey tour: Damian Prince

November, 8, 2013
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Forestville, Md. -- Offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) was presented his honorary game jersey during for the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game at Bishop McNamara High School Thursday.

Prince, who has an official visit scheduled to Maryland this weekend, is one of 90 players selected to compete in the seventh-annual Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 2 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“I just want to thank the whole school, Bishop McNamara for allowing Under Armour to come here and do this for me,” Prince said. “This is really just been a testament for my hard work. I have been working real hard for this. This is something I prayed for and dreamed for.”

Bishop McNamara head coach and former Penn State linebacker Keith Goganious says the reasons for Prince’s success are easy to figure out.

“I think what makes Damian special is his work ethic and attitude,” Goganious said. “He’s very goal focused and he really wants to be successful.”

Along with the chance to play against the best, and follow in the footsteps of some of the stars of the game, Prince is excited to live out a dream at the Under Armour Game.

"I decided to accept the invitation to the Under Armour All-America Game because of the legends that have played in the game … A.J. Green, Jadeveon Clowney and Julio Jones -- they're awesome players. … I’m a competitor, I love to compete, and I’m ready to get down there and really gauge where my talent level is with the best players in the country.”

And the 6-foot-5, 286-pound tackle has special motivation for the game.

“What motivates me as a player and person is definitely my family, and the past what I have been through,” Prince said “Losing my great grandmother and great grandfather who raised me from the time I was born until they passed on, they really gave me everything that a kid could possibly asked for. … They said work hard, and just understand the importance of a good work ethic. I just really want to make them proud, and I know they are looking down right now, and I know today I’m definitely making them smile today.”

Prince is the No. 26 overall prospect and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the class. He is considering Maryland, Florida State, Georgia, Florida, Ohio State and others.
ESPN 300 offensive tackle Damian Prince (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) has said he’s going to concentrate on his senior season and then take his official visits.

Right now, the 6-foot-5, 286-pound Prince has a top 10 of Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Here’s a look at why each school could fit for the third-ranked tackle and 22nd-ranked overall player in the nation.

Alabama

Why the Crimson Tide makes sense: Let’s not kid ourselves. Three national championships in four seasons is always enticing for a senior. So is the fact Alabama has a strong lineage of sending offensive linemen to the NFL. Prince isn’t one to shy away from competition either.


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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Myles Autry is still on the sidelines. A vicious injury to his knee last fall, with tears to his ACL, MCL and meniscus, has kept the Norcross (Ga.) High School athlete from participating in basketball, track, spring practice and now the summer camp series. And it is killing him.


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Finding the Future: Atlanta NFTC 

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Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event. It does not reflect where each will land when the class is ranked by ESPN.

BUFORD, Ga. -- The NFTC was loaded with top upperclassmen prospects on Sunday, but a handful of 2015 prospects showed they could compete with some of the top older competition in the state.

1. 2016 CB Khalil Ladler
5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Stephenson (Ga.) H.S.


Considering: Has offers from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Charlotte, South Florida and Cincinnati

What we learned: Ladler could pass for a rising senior, which is why the offers are rolling in for the young freshman. His position coaches were stunned to find out that he was two years younger than most of the other defensive backs at the NFTC. Also, it is not just his size that commands attention. Ladler displayed refined techniques that prospects work for years to develop.

“Ladler is promising," ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said. "Look at his frame: he is long and lengthy. He is very smooth. In a cornerback group that had some good 2014 guys, he was in that next level of guys jumping out. He has all of the natural tools, and with that type of size already, as well as being quick and smooth, he is certainly a guy to watch. From what I saw he was one of the better secondary players here.”


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ATHENS, Ga. -- For most high school players, the end of practice means they get a break from the incessant nagging and ceaseless instruction of their coaches. They go home, eat dinner, study and enjoy the respite until the whistles start blowing next time. For ESPN Watch List safety Quincy Wilson (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University School), that is not the case.

Wilson’s father is the defensive coordinator and the defensive backs coach at the University School, so Wilson jokes that he gets no respite.

“Oh no, there’s no break, there’s no break,” Wilson said. “Monday through Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Yeah, I get it at practice, before practice, after practice, in the car, at the dinner table ...”

The talented junior laughed about the nonstop instruction but he also credited his father with making him the player he is today -- one of the most coveted safeties in Florida.


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Coveted OLB names a top five 

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ATHENS, Ga. -- Outside linebacker Jacob Pugh (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby) isn’t exactly sure of how many offers he has. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound junior has not counted them. Once he had received over 30 offers to the top programs in the nation, there really seemed no point in doing so. Pugh is more concerned about the five that he has on top.


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ATHENS, Ga. -- The last time a running back traveled more than 600 miles to play for the University of Georgia, Knowshon Moreno wound up hurdling defenders and dropping jaws with his combination of balance and speed. After redshirting his freshman season, he played only two years before heading to the NFL draft, leaving Georgia fans wondering what could have been.

Now another top running back from the Mid-Atlantic region is looking at the Bulldogs, and now that Shai McKenzie (Washington, Penn./Washington) has the Georgia offer he wanted, maybe history will repeat itself.


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Last Wednesday, Georgia picked up two additional signees to its Class of 2013 in DeVondre Seymour and Davin Bellamy. The coaching staff had hoped for at least three more top talents to join them but they found themselves in second place all three times.

Instead of licking their wounds on what was a disappointing day, the coaches were on the phones, working toward the 2014 class.

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ATLANTA -- Two of the Peach State’s top outside linebackers recently met in the backfield of the Rising Seniors Bowl game and threw down the West team’s quarterback, Brooks Barden (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville). Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) came of the right end and Dante Sawyer (Flowery Branch, Ga./North Gwinnett) crashed the left side and both caught Barden before he could slip away. While it was clear Barden never had a chance, credit for the sack was a highly-contested debate.

“Oh, that was my sack.” Allen-Williams said. “Look, Dante and I had a little bet going on to see who would get the most sacks, so we ended up tying on them. So you know [when] there are two good ends on this field, you’re bound to have a good pass rush every now and then.”

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2014 RB Treyvon Paulk talks SEC 

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ATLANTA -- While running back Treyvon Paulk (Milton, Ga./Milton) has double-digit offers from which to choose, the 5-foot-8, 190-pound junior would still like to hear from at least one more program.

“Clemson is recruiting me hard and the Oklahoma State running backs coach came to see me,” Paulk said. “Miami came by to see me as well. But I would definitely like to hear from the Georgia Bulldogs. I was a big fan of them growing up. My whole family watches Georgia.”

Paulk has offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, TCU, Maryland, Eastern Kentucky, East Carolina, Appalachian State and USF so far. He says an offer from the Georgia staff would not automatically make the Bulldogs No. 1 on his list, but they would jump to his short list.

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Lorenzo CarterRadi Nabulsi/ESPN.comThe 6-foot-5 Lorenzo Carter (25) has opted to put basketball on the back burner and concentrate on football, and has already racked up several offers.

ATHENS, Ga. -- As Georgia closes out its 2013 recruiting cycle, the coaching staff is hitting the road and the film room to evaluate the next crop of talented recruits. A few offers already have gone out to some members of the Class of 2014, but each week new names emerge.

DawgNation is taking a position-by-position look at a number of the 2014 prospects whose profile pages fans might want to add as favorites. Here is a look at the outside linebackers Georgia has offered or has on its radar.

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Bryson Allen-Williams tries new spot 

November, 6, 2012
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DECATUR, Ga. -- Defensive end Bryson Allen-Williams (Ellenwood, Ga./Cedar Grove) got his first start at middle linebacker Friday night, and the ESPN Watch List member loved it. He finished with double-digit tackles, multiple quarterback hurries, an interception and a forced fumble that teammate Daletavius McGhee returned 74 yards for a touchdown.

“That was my first game playing linebacker and I think I did OK,” Allen-Williams said.

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Orlando Brown gives Georgia a look 

October, 2, 2012
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Offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. (Duluth, Ga./Peachtree Ridge) is used to getting a lot of stares. He knows his 6-foot-8, 370-pound frame is going to draw a lot of slack-jawed, wide-eyed gawkers. The gentle giant just rolls with the looks, even going so far as to make jokes about the rubber-neckers. He recently tweeted, “People look at me like snow in the south!! Surprise!!”

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comOrlando Brown Jr., is comfortable in his own 6-foot-8, 370-pound skin, as the ESPN Watch List OL relishes the celebrity his size and skill provide him.
Brown, who appropriately enough is nicknamed "Zeus", explained his tweet this way.

“I walk around school land people look at me like that,” Brown said. “I get a lot of attention. Everywhere I go people think I am some famous athlete or something. They are used to seeing country boys but they don’t see anyone with my style -- from the way I dress to my height. It is kind of weird, but it’s also pretty fun, pretty cool.”

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LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Running back Myles Autry (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) knows a good thing when he sees it. The 2014 speedster might back up one of the nation’s most coveted running backs in Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross), but that suits him just fine.

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Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comRB Myles Autry scored 20 touchdowns in two spring camps just days apart.
“Myles kept coming up and saying ‘Thanks!’ each time he scored a touchdown since the defenses were keying on me,” Kamara said recently at the conclusion of the Gwinnett vs. Georgia 7-on-7 tournament. “I told him he did it on his own.”

Autry totaled more than 20 touchdowns in two tournaments played just days apart, including at least 12 in front of the Georgia coaches at the Mark Richt 7-on-7 camp Thursday. The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete was on the Bulldogs’ radar long before his stellar performance in Athens.

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When 2014 tight end Jeb Blazevich (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) called Tony Ball recently, he was told that the Bulldogs wanted to offer him a full scholarship. The rising junior already had offers from Ohio State, Duke, UNC and South Carolina, but the Georgia offer took him by surprise.

“I didn’t really know they were looking at me so I was kind of shocked,” Blazevich said. “I was also excited, humbled and very thankful. Coach Ball asked me what I thought about the offer and I said the only two things I know about Georgia is that Athens is a crazy place to play and that I have never heard of anyone that went there that said they didn’t like it. And I know it is definitely a good school too.”

Blazevich says he wants to see Athens firsthand and see what the Bulldogs have to offer.

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