Any kind of injury for an aspiring collegiate athlete can be a major step back in terms of their recruitment, but fortunately for Isaiah Prince it hasn’t affected the number of teams interested in him.
The size and athletic potential of the Eleanor Roosevelt High offensive tackle surely have something to do with it, but he has to be commended for battling back from a broken leg and earning offers from programs like Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, and Auburn.
Prince is light on his feet and is a good athlete for his size. He has ideal height and length to play offensive tackle and it’s the biggest reason why he is so coveted as a prospect. He’s a little light in his lower half right now, but that probably has a lot to do with him breaking his leg. He should have no issue with eventually adding to his frame and weighing over 300 pounds.
He still has plenty of room to add weight and get bigger.
I love the way Prince moves his feet. He looks natural getting his feet and hips around when reach blocking edge players. When pass blocking, he shows the ability to use his length very well with his punch and can easily mirror players with his feet. His technique is a little inconsistent as he tends to get too high at times which affects his balance. When his technique is good, he is really tough to beat.
Playing too high is definitely an issue for him as a run blocker as well. This is the part of his game that he needs the most work on. He fires off the ball aggressively, but his pad level and his hand placement isn’t where it needs to be. He also doesn’t finish the way I like to see against players clearly not as big and strong as he is. He should be more dominant with that part of his game and I would like to see improvement in this area from him as a senior.
Senior film update: Prince plays a lot meaner as a senior and I saw a lot more finish in his game. My only issue is that he would sometimes finish his block by dumping his man on the ground and I liked to see him continue to look for more work rather than standing around and admiring what he did. Finish one, then go find another!
His pad level was better most of the time and he can move extremely well. He’s can pull and get to the second level so easily compared to so many other players his size.
He still isn’t experienced as a pass blocker and will need to work on technique when he gets to the next level, but his raw tools are right up there with top offensive tackles in this recruiting class.
Prince has the feet and length to play left tackle, although he exclusively played on the right side in high school.
With Prince, it’s more about the potential than production so far because of his injury causing to only play a fraction of his junior season. His level of play was not as dominant as some of the other similarly rated tackles in this class, but his athletic potential is as good as anyone at his position. He showed good improvement as a senior, but still needs to work on technique. He was dominant against weaker competition in high school and it may take awhile to adjust to the college level, but he could potentially end up being the top offensive tackle to come out of this recruiting class.
Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach). Jamie is also the former Sr. Editor, Digital Content and News for theScore.com.