May 11, 2011

Texas O-lineman looking forward to visits

Texas offensive lineman James Prince has visited only one school during his recruitment thus far, but he's planning to put many more trips on his summer agenda.

And a visit to Purdue might be among them.

"I plan to take more trips this summer," he said Tuesday, "but I'm not sure as to where yet. … I think I might make it to Purdue this summer. I'm going to look at what I've got going on at the end of spring ball and make my decisions from there."

Purdue, it seems, would certainly like a visit. The Boilers are one of five schools to offer the 6-foot-6, 268-pound tackle from Southlake, Texas, joining Houston, Memphis, New Mexico and Oregon State. Prince's lone visit thus far has been to Corvallis to meet with the Beavers.

But others have come to see him. Purdue coaches Shawn Clark and Cornell Jackson were in his Carroll High School late last week. Purdue's offer preceded the coaches' trip.

"When I got the offer, I knew it was a good school academic-wise," he said. "Coach Clark told me that it's the best combination of athletics and academics."

Prince says he'd like to learn more, and could do so with several trips this summer. First, though, he'll get past Carroll's spring practices, which just got underway, then make his summer plans. He says his first priority in finding a school is academics.

"You've got to prepare for what happens after football, same as everyone else," he said. " … I think a lot is just how you feel at a place. If I can see myself living there for four or five years."

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