Before he could take the next step on the football field, John Prince had to takes steps within himself to get right.
The talent was unmistakable for the 6-foot-1, 227-pound University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore defensive lineman.
A member of UTC's 2020 signing class from Stockbridge High School in the Atlanta area, Prince had a chance to be part of the program all last year and showed potential. He started all four Southern Conference games on the spring schedule — the result of the 2020 Football Championship Subdivision season being delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic — and made eight appearances (one start) in 11 games on the fall schedule.
You would see a sack here, a tackle for loss there, a moment here, a moment there. It was enough to garner SoCon All-Freshman recognition after the spring schedule, but it also felt as if there was another level to his game within reach.