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June 10, 2008

Perry Hall’s Stinebaugh commits to Maryland

Maryland’s good fortune on the recruiting trail continued today when Perry Hall tight end Dave Stinebaugh committed to the Terps.

Stinebaugh, 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, sported an early offer from Akron, while Wake Forest, Michigan State, Rutgers and Syracuse had expressed recent interest after a standout combine performance, according to former Perry Hall head coach Nick Arminio.

“He ran a 4.5 flat 40 -- electronically-timed -- [at the Elite Combine at M&T Bank Stadium last month] and I think that answered any questions,” Arminio said. “That answered any doubters, because if you look at him on tape, that answers any questions [about his ability as a player]. Once the speed questions were answered, that’s when the offers started coming in.”

Arminio, who coached Stinebaugh for three years, said Stinebaugh’s work with personal trainer Pete Eibner was invaluable in his speed improvements.

“He worked with [Eibner] every day since football was over,” Arminio said. “David was not running a 4.5 last year. I know [Eibner] helped put David over the top. ... Once those numbers came in, there was no doubt, and there is no doubt. There was never any doubt from my standpoint, but everything’s about numbers these days.”

Arminio said Stinebaugh’s a versatile player that will do anything asked of him at Maryland.

“They’re getting a player that’s well-rounded, not only from a football standpoint but as an individual,” Arminio said. “He’ll be a tight end with above-average speed. I believe Maryland will kind of use him as an H-back type guy, put him in the slot and split him out. He’s got great hands, catches anything near him. ... Dave wanted to be a Terp from the very beginning.”

Check back with Recruiting Report tomorrow for more on Stinebaugh.

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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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