Prince Ready For Senior Season

Munir Prince

St. Louis, Mo. running back Munir Prince was one of Notre Dame's first commitments of the 2006 recruiting class. The Irish have landed nine commitments already, and sometimes Irish fans forget about those already committed. We spoke with Prince on Monday to find out what he's been up to this summer.

Running back Munir Prince knows he has to gain some weight and add some strength before he's ready for college football.

"We've just started to practice. I've been working out quite a bit," said Prince when asked what he's been up to this summer. "I've been lifting as much as I can to gain some size and strength. I've gained 10 pounds. I'm up to 180 right now."

Prince also says he doesn't think the extra weight will bother him.

"The weight isn't anything," he said. "I can handle that. I don't even notice it. I feel like I'm quicker, faster than ever."

One that will be changing for Prince, however, is the offense his team will run this fall.

"We're moving more to the Utah offense," Prince said. "I won't be in the I formation as much this year. We'll be running a lot of shotgun, and I'll be lined up in the slot a lot catching passes, things like that. We should have a real good season. We'll be more of a speed team this year, so it will be a lot of fun."

Is Prince worried about the change?

"Not at all," he said. "I'll do whatever helps our team win. I'll get the ball enough. I like catching the ball, and we'll still run the football."

The De Smet high school star knows that other teams will be gunning for him this season, but he says he's up to the challenge.

"It's kind of been that way since I was eight years old," Prince said. "I've always kind of had this target on my back. I think I thrive under those conditions. I want to be the guy that everyone focuses on. It's just the same old, same old."

Joining Prince with a target on his back will be teammate Paddy Mullen. Mullen is also committed to Notre Dame and Prince said to expect a good season from Paddy this fall as well.

"Paddy's been working real hard," he said. "He's gained some weight and he's looking great at tight end. We should throw the ball a lot so he should have a great season. I know he's really excited about the season, and Notre Dame."

Prince said Irish fans will likely see both he and Mullen attending at least one Notre Dame game this fall.

"I really want to get up there for that USC game," he said. "Both Paddy and I plan on coming to that game. That should be a lot of fun."

Comments: It sounds like Prince is going to get a little taste of how he might be used when he arrives at Notre Dame. Many speculate Prince will be used as a running back, but also be used as a slot receiver out of the backfield. The change in offense at De Smet this fall might really help Prince when he enrolls at Notre Dame.

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