Prince talks Purdue commitment

The last 10 days have been memorable for offensive lineman James Prince (Southlake, Texas/Carroll).

After helping Carroll win a record-tying eighth Texas state football championship on Dec. 17, Prince decided over the holiday break to finalize his college recruiting plans.

Prince, a rising offensive tackle with a solid academic resume, chose Purdue over offers from SMU and Harvard. He had other offers from Houston, Memphis, Oregon State, New Mexico and Louisiana Tech.

At 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, Prince is expected to play offensive tackle for the Boilermakers. Prince was recruited by running backs coach Cornell Jackson.

“It’s a great academic school, and West Lafayette (Ind.) is a pretty nice town,” Prince said. “The coaches are really nice, especially the O-line coaches. Playing in the Big Ten is a plus, but the first thing I really looked at was the academics.”

Prince will bring a 96 grade-point average to Purdue. He also is expected to be a leader on the field, as he was a first-team all-district selection for the Dragons, a team that finished 16-0 en route to tying Celina (Texas) in winning an eighth state title. Carroll, by winning state, became the first team in Texas’ highest classification to win eight.

He will join a Purdue team fresh off defeating Western Michigan to win the Little Caesars Bowl. The Boilermakers claimed their first bowl victory since 2007.

“From a football perspective,” Prince said, “Purdue is in one of the biggest and most well-known conferences. That didn’t really have a say on my decision, but it was good to see them win [the bowl game].”

Prince became the 24th commitment for the Boilermakers and the fourth offensive tackle.