Mainland Regional High School football coach Bob Coffey has watched many of his players move on to the college level in his 26-year tenure.
Gettysburg College has stood out. Coffey's son, Matt, recently completed his senior season at the Division III school, which went 6-4 and plays in the Centennial Conference. Matt Coffey's teammates there included former Mainland quarterback Matt Flynn, a 2010 Gettysburg graduate, and current sophomore wide receiver Kyle Davis.
Another Mustang joined that list Wednesday when senior Gordon Prince, a Press first-team all-star defensive back, committed to play for the Bullets.
"I can't tell you how great of an experience I had at Gettysburg watching my son," Coffey said in a phone interview Wednesday night. "Previously, I watched Matt Flynn, and we have had a longtime connection with them (Gettysburg). It's a great, exciting place to play football, and I'm really happy Gordon is going to have the same opportunity."
With Franklin & Marshall, Salisbury and The College of New Jersey among his options, Prince said knowing someone in the program helped him make a decision. When he visited Gettysburg, he stayed overnight with Davis and attended a class with him to get a feel for the campus life. He also likes that the school is strong academically.
"I took all my visits, and once I got done with them, I weighed out the pros and cons, and Gettysburg was my favorite," the 18-year old from Northfield said. "I really liked the campus and the facilities."
Prince, who can play both offense and defense, expects to be a defensive back for the Bullets.
"I've always liked the defensive side of the ball. My favorite position is safety," Prince said. "They play with two safeties, one strong and one free, and that's what we did at Mainland, so it's something I'm used to."
Prince added he would like to get on the field right away. He had 71 tackles last season, 32 of them solo and six for a loss. He also had one intereception and broke up eight passes. Coffey believes Prince won't have to worry about playing time.
"I think he's a great player, and I really believe he can play right away. He's really that good. And that's hard to do," Coffey said. "He brings a toughness to the game, and he's a quiet leader and a good student - a real high character young man."
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