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June 11, 2008

Perry Hall’s Stinebaugh discusses UM commitment

Forty yards made all the difference in the recruitment of Perry Hall tight end Dave Stinebaugh.

Maryland’s newest commitment proved he could be productive throughout his junior season, reeling in 59 passes for nearly 1,110 yards and 15 touchdowns. But there were questions about the 6-foot-4, 210-pounder’s speed.

Once spring rolled around, Stinebaugh claimed an offer from Akron, but was still waiting for BCS conference schools to get involved.

Then came the Nike Sparq combine at M&T Bank Stadium last month. Stinebaugh was ready to put months of speed training to the test by running an electronically-timed 40.

“It kind of felt like everything else I ran,” Stinebaugh said of his 40. “But a couple of my teammates went up to [the combine] too, and they turned around and were fist-bumping, so I got back [to the finish line] and the guy told [me I ran a 4.5]. I didn’t really feel like I ran that fast, but I didn’t realize it until I saw the time.”

With a 4.5 on record, all questions about Stinebaugh’s speed were erased, and his recruiting finally took off. Maryland offered a scholarship shortly thereafter, while Michigan State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Utah, Virginia and Wake Forest all ramped up their interest in Stinebaugh.

The Terps, however, were the most persistent program, communicating with Perry Hall head coach Keith Robinson as frequently as possible, according to Stinebaugh. The personal attention, and Stinebaugh’s relationship with the coaches, made his commitment to the Terps yesterday an easy decision.

“[Maryland tight ends coach Danny Pearman’s] a great coach, very down to earth,” Stinebaugh said. “He’s not going to sit there and lie to you and tell you what you want to hear. He didn’t play games with me. That’s one of the things I liked about him, coach [Ralph] Freidgen and [offensive coordinator James] Franklin -- they have a good time, but they’re upfront and tell you what you need to know.”

Stinebaugh said he's also excited to join a recruiting class for Maryland that all of a sudden has serious momentum. With Stinebaugh's commitment, the Terps have landed three prospects in the last five days.

"I've definitely heard [people talk about the class] and I look at MDVarsity.com," Stinebaugh said. "I’ve definitely seen that recruiting has gotten a lot better with [some of the] new coaches. ... This is probably the greatest recruiting class that’s come through [the state], with the most talent. Being able to keep as many kids as possible from here is big. You get the local people coming out to the games, that's huge for the program. It just makes it that much better and helps the team."

Stinebaugh intends to study sports medicine at Maryland and said there was some temptation to let his recruitment play out. But the opportunity to play for the team he grew up rooting for and the successful visit to College Park yesterday ended any thoughts of prolonging the process.

“I thought about going to a couple one-day camps,” Stinebaugh said. “But after getting down [to College Park] and spending time with the coaches and realizing the future and the upside of the new coaches being there, how excited and energized they are in wanting to bring back the ACC title, it just made me realize it’s where I wanted to be so I can help bring back the title to Maryland.”

Click here for former Perry Hall coach Nick Arminio’s take on Stinebaugh.

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About Matt Bracken

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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