- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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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.