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July 17, 2008

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.”

Click here for Good Counsel head coach Bob Milloy’s take on Porzel’s commitment.

Click on the YouTube player for Porzel’s junior-season highlights.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:32 AM | | Comments (8)


Welcome Caleb!!!!!!

We are THRILLED that you are a TERP!!!!!!!!!

When I read that he only ran for 900 + yd I was concerned. But, after watching the highlights that kid is athlectic. He does not have Tavon Austin type speed and he needs to get bigger but, that will occur with his redshirt year.

Great up , Now the staff needs to go get

Austin, Jenkins, Hawkins, Jason Ankrah and Pete White

daterps are you nuts
he is faster than AUSTIN,
he doesnt have austin moves and skills but porzel is plenty fast and quick

and i love Austin too

Porzel is fast but he doesn't have world class speed. In the 2008 indoor track season there were 51 times faster than his 55M time of 6.46 sec. These are legit electronic times. Here are a few other legit 55M times.

55M all are high school times

Devon Smith 6.31 2009 recruit Westlake HS
Heyward-Bey 6.35 Terp
Wiseman 6.36 Terp
Lamaar Thomas 6.41 Ohio State 2008 recruit
Emani Lee 6.43 Terp
Vontae Davis 6.44 Illinois DB
Caleb Porzel 6.46 2009 recruit
Jamie Nixon 6.46 ex Terp recruit
Rodney Mcleod 6.48 2008 recruit VA commit
Richard Taylor 6.49 Terp DB
Avery Graham 6.49 Terp Commit

well Cornt He has great start up speed then
because 4.21 speed is crazy.
i know he onyl runs like a 10.9 100 meters i guess he one of those super quick ,cat like quick

and 6.46 is stil very fast . so i am not worried//and he has moves
and he is 5-8 180 and he wilredshirt and add like 12 pounds and get like scott so its all good.:)


i hope we offer and get devon Smith from westlake , he was some great jets

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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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