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July 23, 2008

Latest UM commitment had many options

On Monday afternoon, D.J. Adams sat in front of family, friends and media at Norcross (Ga.) High School with four hats -- Notre Dame, Maryland, LSU and Clemson -- laid out on the table in front of him.

Adams, a 5-foot-10, 215-pound running back, claimed more than 30 scholarship offers. But Norcross head coach Keith Maloof wasn’t surprised when Adams pulled on the Terps hat at Monday‘s news conference, becoming Maryland’s 17th verbal commitment for the 2009 class.

“Oh yeah, I knew [he liked Maryland],” Maloof said. “They did a great job recruiting him. He felt at home. [UM offensive line coach Tom] Brattan did a great job with him -- recruited him really good and stayed on top of him. He just did a really good job.”

During his junior season at Norcross, Adams shared the spotlight with seniors Devonta Bolton and Brice Butler. Bolton, a four-star receiver/linebacker, and Butler, a four-star wide receiver, signed with Alabama and Southern Cal, respectively. But according to Maloof, Adams more than held his own in the offense.

“He’s the kind of kid who rushed for 1,500 yards [and 11 touchdowns] last year, but in an offense that had Brice Butler and Devonta Bolton in it also,” Maloof said. “He had his carries, but you had to get the ball to all those guys also. So he wasn’t the primary person on offense, but he still got the numbers he got.”'s Billy Tucker had high praise for Adams after the announcement was made.

“Potentially a top-20 back upon the release of our ESPN 150, we feel the Terps may have showed the power-back the most attention and presumably sold him on the idea of being a featured runner early in his career in College Park."

"There is no doubt in our eyes Adams can carry the load in the ACC. He is an explosive, thickly-built runner with great initial burst and in-line power. Ideal body-structure and running style to develop into a high-carry, durable workhorse at the next level and wear down a defense by the 4th quarter.”

Maloof concurred with Tucker’s assessment, calling Adams a power back with 4.5 speed.

“He can get the hard yardage, he has great open-field speed and a little open-field wiggle, which are the three things you need in Division I football, especially in the ACC. ... They’re getting a great kid.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:09 AM | | Comments (11)


Will MD still pursue Austin?

Adams remains me of a Lance Ball type of back, who can run between the tackles, get tough yards.

Portzel I think will be used more like Bruce Perry was in this offense.

I don't see Austin shying away from any school because of other signees but you have to wonder how they plan to share the ball with the other two kids as well as Scott and Green who will be on the roster (likely) through the 2010 season.

I don't see Austin playing RB at the next level - he's just too small to hold up. He could be a great WR or DB and I'd love to have him, I just doubt he'd be best at RB - certainly too small for an NFL RB.

The Terps should go after Austin harder than ever. He is a Reggie Bush type of back. One that can catch passes either out of the backfield or split wide, you can run him between the tackles or toss it to him to get the corner and turn it upfield, he can return kicks and break long runs both with his shiftiness and speed. He can play with any other back at MD. USC had both Bush and Lendell White. Bush to play wherever and White to line up at tailback. Good coaches make room for a player like Austin.

i think austin is thier top priority. Porzel has said already he will RS. Austin will probably be used in the slot and on plays that allow him to get into space. and use his unbelievable skills to make plays. Adams will probably be your every down back with austin in the slot and porzel in on 3rd down and spelling adams a good deal. Either way all this talent on offense at the skill positions should attract a top QB next year.


Speaking of QBs, I would love to see a list of the top rising QBs on the east coast, assuming that they were starting as QBs in 2007, there should be a short list.

Porzel should be a 5'9" 195 shifty runner when he fills out and Adams could be a 5'11" 230 battering ram.

I like it.


Especially about local kids!

Austin, Jenkins, White and 1 more Qb would make for a top 10 class. And this is a strong possibility.

Also Buddah where r u posting now? i haven't seen u since fridge's site went down.

Well, at least the football team is recruiting top notch talent. This is exciting. Fridge benefited his first three years from Vanderlindin's recruiting. It's good to see the coaches are aggressively pursuing big time players. Arnett was huge for the defense. They've got 4 big wide receivers and now a 3 impact running backs. They had a good recruiting year this year. Maryland as a top ten team in 2010, maybe even sooner.

I'm mostly on the scout boards now.

What I like about our depth is the ability to redshirt players. Tate, Dorsey and Boykins will all likely redshirt due to such depth at WR.

Look at our LBs, Philistin, Moten, Fokou, Wujciak, Bulluck, Costa all can be solid playmakers in 2008.

I don't see the Terps taking a 3rd QB in 2009 class, even with the loss of Bass. I would look for them to add a transfer from JuCo to give them depth for 2010 season.

Terps always need to recruit heavily on the "D" line. Could always use a rush DE, as we seem to have lacked that since Merriman left. lack of pass rush has hurt as even average QBs make big plays against us.

UMD fan i agree if youlook we added Arnett and Mackall very athletic DE,s rushers and Mackal is more of a LEo

we could also add munez from NJ, and Jason Ankrah , and Will Hill from VA stil out there too.

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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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