Former Tiger player who joins the coaching staff for his first year. Will serve as the team's offensive quality control graduate assistant coach, where he'll help the offensive coaches with scouting and various preparation duties all throughout the season.
Here was Prince's playing bio...
Was unable to suit up in his last year of eligibility, due to a scary injury he suffered in pre-season camp, when he was blindsided on a kickoff return during a scrimmage ... The hit was forceful enough to put him on the sideline for the entire season ... Had been prepared before the injury to compete for significant playing time at cornerback, where he entered fall camp at number two on the depth chart at one spot.
Got his first opportunity to contribute to his home state school after sitting out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules ... Made contributions as a cornerback on defense, and also in the kick return game, where he averaged 21.7 yards on three returns, including a long of 30 yards on a return against Furman in week #3 ... Battled a hamstring injury early in the year which forced him to miss some time ... Had 6 tackles on the season, with 5 of them coming on the kickoff coverage unit, where he can use his exceptional speed to get downfield and make plays ... Made 3 tackles in the Tigers' season-opening win over Illinois ... Had a solid spring, which he closed by making 4 tackles in the Black & Gold scrimmage.
Sat out the 2008 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have two years to play two seasons beyond that ... Spent the year helping out at both safety and cornerback in practice, getting a good feel for either position ... Won the defensive Back-Up Player of the Week award for his work during preparation for the Tigers' game against Colorado.
Considered one of the quickest players on the Notre Dame roster in his time there, played cornerback in 2007 after playing in 10 games a true freshman at tailback in 2006 ... Saw action in 2007 in 10 games, and registered 3 tackles, including 2 against USC and 1 against Duke ... Carried 15 times for 21 yards total in '06, with a long gain of 11 yards.
Graduated from DeSmet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, Mo. ... Gatorade Player of the Year for 2005 in Missouri ... Missouri Class 6A all-state pick in '05 by Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association ... Career totals included 3,688 rushing yards and 50 total TDs ... Rushed for 1,305 yards on 217 carries as senior in `05 and caught 13 passes for 117 yards, scoring 26 overall TDs ... Rated top running back in Missouri ... Made 52 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery in `05 as defensive back ... Helped his 11-2 DeSmet Jesuit High School team in St. Louis, Mo., to Missouri Class 6A state title with 48-31 win over St. Louis Hazelwood Central ... Rushed for 118 yards and one TD in that contest and also caught an 11-yard TD pass ... Rushed 17 times for 74 yards and a TD and caught a pair of passes for 71 yards and a second TD in playoff win over top-rated Kansas City Rockhurst ... Rushed 166 times for 986 yards and 11 TDs as junior to go with eight catches for 120 yards ... Carried 197 times for 1,397 yards and 13 TDs as sophomore ... Ran a 10.4 100 meters and 21.0 200 meters and was a national AAU qualifier in both events ... High school coach - Pat Mahoney.
Parents - Elmer Rhodes and Tracy Rhodes-Prince ... An accomplished student-athlete who plans to study business finance at Mizzou ... Lists playing video games, weightlifting and going to the movies as some of his hobbies outside of football.
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