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July 18, 2008

Edmondson’s Mackall discusses commitment to Maryland

Edmondson defensive end David Mackall has a theory about Maryland’s recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder believes the more in-state recruits Maryland lands, the better off the program will be in the long run.

“It’s a big thing because for one, when I used to go up to Maryland for the games, the home crowd was into it,” Mackall said. “And I feel like if more players come from the same place, it’s going to be a better [atmosphere] than if players come from [other areas]. But we’re [all coming from the same place, which helps] because I feel you all have to have that friendship and trust.”

Earlier this week, Mackall became the ninth Maryland resident to commit to the Terps. Mackall picked UM over offers from East Carolina and Eastern Michigan. Georgia, Penn State and Syracuse, among others, recently expressed interest in Mackall.

Mackall, who began his high school career at Woodlawn before joining the Red Storm last season, is already friends with one UM commitment and one prominent target.

“They have a lot of players that I’ve played with that have committed,” Mackall said. “[Archbishop Curley safety] Eric Franklin [and I] played rec football at Hamilton. I think they’re recruiting a lot of good players -- a lot of players that I can’t wait to go up against. ...

“[Dunbar running back] Tavon Austin, me and him went to middle school together [at Lemmel]. ... I talked to him a couple days ago about how he felt about committing to Maryland. I don’t really think [he’s ready to make a decision]. I guess he just wants to wait it out.”

Edmondson head coach Dante Jones said Mackall, who recorded 147 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior, is a “quality kid” who will bring toughness to Maryland’s defense.

“He’s a big, strong, tough kid that’s very physical, very aggressive ... and [he plays with great] passion. He makes plays,” Jones said. “Maryland expects him to play a defensive end/outside linebacker position called LEO.”

Mackall said playing that position was a major factor in his decision.

“I really didn’t know what I wanted to play, linebacker or defensive end, because I love both positions," Mackall said. "Maryland’s system is the only system that had a defensive position like that. ... That’s what I like doing -- rushing the quarterback, sticking running backs, dropping into coverage. And I like to hit.”

Training, working at a clothing store and dealing with recruiting has kept Mackall plenty busy this summer. He said he’s happy to drop the latter activity from his summer routine.

“I’m really excited,” Mackall said. “I’m happy to get this process over with and I just can’t wait to get up there. It’s been really exciting.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:11 AM | | Comments (6)


Great pick up for the Terps now lets add Jason Ankrah and run like we stole something :)

Surely he didn't have a PSU offer and picked UMD instead!?! From what I understand from another Sun writer this NEVER happens.

I really like this guy. He sounds like the type that really makes the Terps go-not a glamorous recruit but is physical and hard nosed and knows how to play and make tackles (147 of them last year). He sounds like another EJ/Deqwell/Marriman type tough guy-all came in under the radar and turned into monsters.

So MD has been getting solid in state recruits like Arnett, Porzell, and Mackall and not a peep from the Sun other than Bracken (nice job Matt as always with theTerps). I guess the other 'writers' are too busy consoling each other from all the mean attacks from the MD posters...

wait still we get Hawkins, and other MD guys, the SUn really going to be on MD case for lossing guys to penn state :)

I Cant Tell The untruth the boy comes to play no matter what this is one of the players on the team i looks up too and i would always challenge him in the weight room but he shows me respect in the weightroom and on the feld so imma do the same he's a beast

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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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