Maryland football is officially returning all five starters on its offensive line.
Two days after left tackle Derwin Gray announced he would return for his redshirt senior season, right tackle Damian Prince made the same decision Wednesday.
This was hardest decision I made as a man but, I KNOW the right decision was made. Love you #Terpnation pic.twitter.com/zimbP3Uz9i— Willie Prince (@HeavyGleesh) January 10, 2018
Prince came to College Park as a five-star prospect and one of the highest-rated recruits the Terps had ever landed. He redshirted his first season and saw part-time action as a redshirt freshman, but was as reliable as anyone on the team over the last two seasons, starting all 25 games at right tackle.
While NFL scouts viewed Prince as a potential mid-round selection, most thought his future was as a guard rather than a tackle. The 6’3, 315-pounder has played occasional snaps at right guard in his college career, but the team needed him on the outside. It’s unclear what position he’ll play primarily in 2018—Maryland is a rumored suitor for Florida State grad transfer Brock Ruble, who would likely play right tackle if he joined the Terps—but either way, Prince is back now.
This appears to be the last NFL Draft decision for Maryland to wait out The Terps lost wideout D.J. Moore and cornerback JC Jackson to the pros, but retaining their two veteran tackles. The returns of Prince and Gray will make one Maryland’s most talented groups easily its most experienced this fall.