Porzel discusses his commitment to Maryland
Caleb Porzel wanted to be more deliberate the second time around.
The Good Counsel running back verbally committed to Virginia on a visit to Charlottesville in March, but reopened his recruitment soon after. Porzel, who was looking primarily at Maryland, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Oregon, made sure he was certain College Park was the best fit for him before committing to the Terps earlier this week.
“Well I wanted to take everything slowly instead of rushing into it like with Virginia, and actually take time to visit the schools and actually take a tour of the schools and feel comfortable with it,” Porzel said. “I didn't really take the time to get to know everything about the school like I did with Maryland.”
Porzel called Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin on Monday morning to commit. Franklin asked the 5-foot-8, 180-pounder to inform UM head coach Ralph Friedgen of his decision to make things official. Reaching Friedgen proved a little more difficult than anticipated.
“I tried him a few times and left a message, but I couldn’t really seem to get him,” Porzel said. “But I got Mrs. Friedgen’s number and she said he was out fishing [while on vacation in South Carolina]. She just said to call around five [on Tuesday] and he was waiting for my call. But yeah, I was kind of wondering if he'd get my call, but it's all good.”
Porzel, who rushed for 976 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, said he expects to redshirt his first year and compete for playing time the following season. Porzel said he feels good about Maryland’s depth chart and the fact that he’s the first running back commitment to the Terps for the class of 2009.
“I saw that other running backs were committing and I was looking into West Virginia a lot, and they have two running backs to the class of 2009 committed already,” Porzel said. “I didn't want to be the third guy to commit there. I was just looking at my other options, which were all good options, and I just wanted to be the first guy to commit as a running back to a school. Maryland's home and I like Maryland. I just felt really good about it and the people there. And I have a good chance of playing early.”
Porzel will join a Maryland team that has three Good Counsel graduates on scholarship (Deege Galt, Tommy Galt, Drew Gloster). Porzel said that familiarity made his commitment to Maryland an easy choice.
“That was definitely a factor because I would already know people there, instead of starting off brand new in a new place,” Porzel said. “I'm comfortable knowing where everything is, having former teammates that are going to be my teammates there. They'll help me get acclimated there. So it's a good situation for me.”
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