Hokies End July in Princely Fashion

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Four… make it four commitments for Virginia Tech today, 19 in total for the month of July. Courtney Prince , a 6-2, 260-pound defensive end prospect out of Gwynn Park High School (Brandywine, MD), is the latest verbal commitment to be revealed today.

“I actually committed on Thursday,” Prince admitted this evening. “Coach Sherman (Prince’s primary recruiter) was very excited when I told him, and I was very excited too.”

Prince played defensive end and offensive guard last season as a junior, earning first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state honors for his performance on defense. He is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a defensive end.

“He’s an aggressive player,” Gwynn Park head coach Danny Hayes said. “He can play defensive end or offensive guard. He’s fast off the ball. Penn State was really interested in him because of his speed off the ball. He’s strong, he has the ability to move side to side and he has great technique as a defensive end.”

Prince’s first ever visit to Virginia Tech came this month, when he attended Tech’s senior camp. It was all he needed to decide to commit to the Hokies.

“I loved the scenery driving down there,” recalled Prince, who actually received an offer from the Hokies prior to his visit according to coach Hayes. “The players came out and watched the practice. They were fun and real nice. It just felt like home. The defense helped out tremendously. They’ve had some great defensive ends in the past. They just had Darryl Tapp. I watched Darryl Tapp the whole time he’s been there.”

Coach Kevin Sherman did an excellent job recruiting Prince.

“Coach Sherman definitely did a great job,” Prince noted. “He was a great factor in my decision. He was real straight up with me the whole time.”

Prince chose Tech over offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee, among others. He also had heavy interest from Penn State and was heavily considering the Nittany Lions as well.

In the classroom, Prince carries a 2.8 grade point average.