Albemarle (N.C.) offensive tackle R.J. Prince has decommitted from Clemson.
Prince told 247Sports on Friday that he has informed the Tigers’ staff and plans to consider numerous schools going forward.
“I believe that I committed way too early,” Prince said.
Prince, a 6-foot-6, 280-pounder, carries an 88 rating as a high three-star prospect.
He pledged Clemson – his first offer – following the Tigers’ division-clinching victory in November.
Prince said Clemson’s staff expressed apprehension about his attendance at North Carolina’s junior day function Wednesday.
Deliberation then prompted Prince to decide he ought to reopen his recruitment. He informed assistant Danny Pearman in writing Friday.
“This was the hardest thing I have had to do in my life,” he said.
Mississippi State recently offered Prince, joining a list that includes UNC, South Carolina, N.C. State, East Carolina and Duke. Notre Dame and Florida State have exhibited strong interest and could be next, Prince said.
Prince listed the Tar Heels as his new favorite, followed by N.C. State, Notre Dame, Duke, FSU and LSU.