December 15, 2009

Prep standout says Baylor sticks out

Baylor's big recruiting weekend already landed them one commitment when Oklahoma athlete Tuswani Copeland gave his verbal pledge to the Bears on Sunday. Another out of state talent that enjoyed his time was Hargrave Military Academy defensive back Prince Kent. Originally from Norcross, Ga Kent signed with Miami out of high school and after a season at Hargrave is on track to transfer to a university in January.

"I had a wonderful visit. We did a lot of things when we first got there like chill with some of the players," said Kent. "I got to know them and ask them a lot of questions about the school. I pretty much get the inside scoop about the school. What things I would like, things I wouldn't like, and things I'd have to adjust to."

"Then we toured the campus and the campus is beautiful. They have nice dorms and they have a very good business program and the number one nursing program in the nation and those are my major and minor that I want to do in college," he said. "They have a great football program and I have the ability to come in and play as a true freshman. It's well rounded and they have everything I'm looking for. They're in my top right now. I really do like them."

Kent was hosted on his trip by junior corner Cliff Odom, and as he mentioned he was able to talk with Odom and fellow secondary players such as Antareis Bryan and others. The group was able to answer the questions he had about Baylor which mostly consisted of topics off the field.

"They told me a lot of great stuff about Baylor. They said that all the classes top out at about 25 kids, and all the professors love when the athletes interact with them, ask them questions, and want to come back to study," said Kent. "Things like that that lets me know what's going on inside the school. They weren't talking about what's going on the field. They said when you come here you're here for the education, not just for football. They let me know about the atmosphere around here that it's really friendly."

The 6'3, 200lb defensive back has now played his high school football in Georgia and prep ball in Virginia, so he's used to moving around. Central Texas is a little further from Georgia than Virginia, but Kent looks forward to the competition and atmosphere that comes from playing in Texas and in the Big 12.

"I know Texas is a football place. They love football there and football is one of the biggest sports around," said Kent. "I'll have great competition. I'm playing some of the best teams, if not the best teams year in and year out. I think it would be wonderful playing in the Big 12 south."

Faith and religion play a big part in Kent's life and who he is as a person. A faith based environment and strong academics are as important, if not more important, than football.

"Right now what I'm looking for in a program is what they can offer me as a student, a player, and as a man of god. Those three aspects I really look at the school," said Kent. "Will I be able to play, will I be able to get a degree, and will I be able to get a job right out of college. Do the coaches have good faith, and have the best interest of their players."

As the largest Baptist University in the world, Baylor's focus on faith has separated them from many of the schools he is considering.

"Right now Baylor sticks out. Just being there another thing I like is that it's a Christian school. If you really know me then you know I'm a Christian and I really live my life by god and everything I do I live it up with god and every step I take my faith is with god. That's what really sticks out," said Kent. "Not many schools are going to be able to understand what I say when I do talk about God. People should be able to talk about that with a coach. You should be in fellowship with your players, and helping them out. That's what really sticks out.

Kent is rated a four star recruit by Rivals.com and is the eleventh ranked prep school player in the nation. He plans on taking official visit to Memphis and UConn before finally making his decision over the Christmas holiday.

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