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April 16, 2008

Terps reel in QB commitment

Maryland’s search for a quarterback in the 2009 class took the Terps to Western Pennsylvania, where earlier this week they received a commitment from Seneca Valley dual-threat C.J. Brown.

Brown, 6 feet 3, 180 pounds, threw for 1,567 yards and 11 touchdowns, and rushed for 586 yards and five touchdowns during his junior season at Seneca Valley. He runs somewhere in the neighborhood of a 4.6 40.

Seneca Valley head coach Ron Butschle said Brown’s arm strength and speed allow him to fit in almost any offensive system.

“Well he’s extremely athletic -- he’s a quarterback who’s athletic,” Butschle said. “He’s not like some of these athletes that are quarterbacks. He kind of fits in any style of offense. We run the spread offense where we run a lot of quick passes. He’s involved in the running game. He’s probably one of the fastest, if not the fastest, guy on the team. Plus, he’s a very athletic, strong player who’s got a great arm and has tremendous football sense. He does a lot of things that you can’t coach.”

Butschle said one of those uncoachable traits that’s a strength of Brown’s game is his decision-making. Brown has developed a heightened awareness of when the time is right to tuck and run.

“He just has a knack for escaping at the right time,” Butschle said. “Timing-wise he’s very smooth. He’s got great lateral movement and he’s also got a great burst. He’s definitely got football game speed.”

Butschle has had Brown on the varsity for two seasons, but the first was kind of a wash. The Raiders had a senior quarterback, but Brown was brought up to compete and play in spots. In his first start during that sophomore season, Brown broke his collarbone, sidelining him for the rest of the year. But Butschle said Brown rebounded from the injury as well as you could expect.

“He was fine,” Butschle said. “He missed, I think, three weeks of our season and a few weeks of basketball. He’s also the point guard on the basketball team. He’s a very good basketball player. If he played baseball, he’d probably be the shortstop. He could probably pick up a tennis racket and be good at that, too. He worked really hard [to get back from the injury], and he’s really working hard now. He’s a tough kid.”

Programming note: I’ll have more from Brown this week or next.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:51 AM | | Comments (3)


seems like the kind of qb, the terps have needed for years. hope he works out.

Nice pickup for the Terps.
We probably need another QB in the 2009 recruit class. Steffy is a senior this fall, Portis and Turner are juniors.
Robinson will be a redshirt freshman, but he is a long way from taking the snap in a game.
Franklin was his recruiter I believe, so he must like the kid and thinks he can run the west coast offense.

He will have to work on cutting down on interceptions. Last season he had 15 compared to 11 TDs.

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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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