Maryland's in-state recruiting haul for 2009 got a little bit better yesterday when Good Counsel running back Caleb Porzel pledged to the Terps.
"He committed over the phone to [offensive coordinator] James Franklin at Maryland," said Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy, who did say that the commitment would be 'official' once Porzel made contact with Ralph Friedgen.
Milloy said Porzel, a former Virginia commitment, chose the Terps over the Cavaliers, Pittsburgh, Minnesota and West Virginia among others.
"I think Maryland’s proximity, I think the Fridge’s insistence on academics and study halls and support systems, I think that really influenced [Caleb’s] mom," Milloy said. "We’ve already got three kids [from Good Counsel] on scholarship there (Deege Galt, Tommy Galt, Drew Gloster), and [Maryland has] two more offers out (to Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins and rising junior cornerback Louis Young)."
Milloy said the Terps are getting a player with electrifying speed in Porzel. Porzel’s size (5 feet 8, 180 pounds) and speed (4.3 40) have drawn comparisons to West Virginia running back Noel Devine, Milloy said.
"Well he’s a tailback and he’s quite fast," Milloy said. "He is a legitimate 4.3 kind of guy. He’s short, about 5’8, but he’s put together pretty well, and I think Maryland is very interested in his speed. Last year he scored 16 touchdowns rushing -- and one as a receiver, one as a punt returner and one as a kick returner. He’s very versatile and scored a lot of points, but he scored them in four different ways. So he’s a return guy and he’s very fast."