FORESTVILLE, Md. (WUSA9) -- Damian Prince is a 6-foot-5, 300 pound offensive lineman at Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md.
This gentle giant is one of the highest profile athletes in the area; a 5-star recruit who's consistently ranked among the top-30 players in the country.
On National Signing Day, with cameras rolling, Damian finally announced his decision. He had narrowed his choices down to Florida, South Carolina and Maryland, but ultimately decided to stay close to home at the University of Maryland.
Damian's commitment to excellence is even bigger than he is, but to understand his strengths you must first know his struggles.
Damian never knew his biological father; he was murdered before Damian was born.
But growing up Damian still had a man who called him son, his great grandfather Willie Prince -- the one who first encouraged Damian to try football and taught him how to succeed.
"His whole thing was, if you're going to do something, you're going to go 110 percent," Prince said.
Damian gave his all on and off the football field, but his strength was truly tested at the end of his sophomore year.
One Day, his great grandfather stopped on the side of the road to help a stranded motorist. Tragically, he was struck by a car and killed.
Damian lost his biggest supporter.
"The one thing that probably hurts me the most is he's not able to see what he did. If it wasn't for him I wouldn't be playing at all."
Keith Goganious just finished his first year as head coach at Bishop McNamara, but it took him less time than that to realize he had a special player on his team.
"It tells you a lot about his character, to have that on your shoulders as a 16, 17-year-old, but then you're able to still focus on reaching your goals and still do something positive in your life," said Goganious.
Damian harnessed that emotion and let it loose on the football field. As he moves onto college, he will continue building the legacy his great grandfather always dreamed for him.