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July 16, 2008

Terps LB signee Edet finds a prep school

Eteyen Edet has found a home for the next several months.

The Maryland linebacker signee will spend the fall semester at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. Edet, who played his senior season at Friendly High School in Fort Washington, will report to Milford next month.

A pair of Friendly assistant coaches, Marcus Berry and Ray Thorpe, guided Edet through the process of choosing a prep school.

“[Attending Milford for prep school is] going to give him the best situation because he’s not that far away [from qualifying] at all,” Berry said. “He really worked his ass off and got close. ... He’s going to get it.”

Edet and his coaches were, at one point, leaning toward a school in North Carolina. Ultimately Edet felt Milford would be better for his concentration.

“The [prep school] in North Carolina, I know a lot of people down there and I just want to stay focused and be where I don’t know anybody so I can stay focused,” Edet said. “I’m not there to meet people and have friends. I’m there to get a job done.”

Edet grew up in Staten Island, N.Y., but spent his junior year of high school at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia. Due to financial constraints, Edet left FUMA and moved in with his aunt in Fort Washington to attend Friendly as a senior. When looking for a prep school, Edet and his coaches had to find an affordable program.

“Finances were the deal,” Berry said. “If Milford hadn’t come with a great package, then he wouldn’t have been able to do it. But they came with a really good package and a really good deal.”

Thorpe said he was happy to help Edet in his search for the right school. He expects big things from the 6-foot-2, 245-pounder.

“He’s a great kid, and he’s a student of the game, but he’s probably the best linebacker I’ve ever seen come through our high school in 10, 11 years,” Thorpe said. “He’s better than Shawne Merriman coming out of high school. He’s a man playing against boys. I hate to put it that way, but it’s basically what it is. He’s very instinctive and you can’t teach instincts.”

Edet has overcome his initial disappointment of not qualifying, and is now focused entirely on the task at hand.

“I was upset at first when I had to go to prep school, but everything happens for a reason,” Edet said. “Maybe prep school’s going to help me be a better linebacker. So I’m going to do what I have to do, report to Maryland in January and tear it up.”

• Former Maryland quarterback signee Tyler Bass has enrolled at Memphis and will be eligible for the upcoming season.

According to The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Bass decided to ask out of his scholarship to Maryland after the Terps’ coaching staff requested he delay his enrollment until January.

''He has worked extremely hard,'' said [Bass’s high school coach Steve] Collins, who accepted the coaching job at nearby Union Grove High in McDonough, Ga., after the season. "Maryland wanted to bring him in later, in January, but he wanted to play now. I guess he saw the business side of it. He just didn't want to sit out until January."

Click here for an extensive breakdown of Maryland’s future quarterback situation, courtesy of The Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:23 AM | | Comments (9)
        

Comments

Any reason why they wanted Bass to sit out until Jan.? Shouldn't the player have been informed of that possibility during the recruitment? Something change?

Ryan -- I'm really not sure. I wasn't able to get in touch with Bass or his coach, so I'm not sure what went on behind the scenes.

I live in Memphis but my heart is still on the east coast...I'm waiting to be liberated...

Was the Bass situation academic?

Lou -- Good luck with the liberation. Bass didn't have any academic issues as far as I know. He should do well at Memphis.

Matt,
I just saw a post that it is official that stever Goins and Jin Soo Kim will be at Maryland this season. They both are through the clearing house. Can you deny or confirm this? It says they are still awaiting word on Darden, and that will leave 2 scholarships for next year after Dave Neal leaves, and depending on whether Vasquez decides to enter the draft or play in Europe.

I'm pretty sure the staff does give some recruits an idea that they may be asked to grayshirt.

In fact we lost out on UNC RB Ramsay on signing day 2007because we told him he may have to grayshirt.

QB Jamarr Robinson grayshirted, and it looks like it was a smart move for all as he will only be a Redshirt Junior come 2010, as the eldest QB on the roster.

Ryan -- I haven't heard that, but that certainly doesn't mean it's not true. I'll do some digging.

Buddha -- Thanks for the info. Robinson, Brown and O'Brien will be an interesting QB battle in 2010.

Ryan,

Now that you mention it, looking deep into the future in 2010, the Terps QB situation shakes up like this

RS-Jr Jamarr Robinson
RS-Fr CJ Brown
RS-Fr Danny O'Brien
(future true freshman QB)

With the departure of Ricker in 2007, it left a gap. I could see the possibility of them going after a JUCo Transfer to add depth.

Interesting.

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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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