Terps land another in-stater
Maryland picked up its 18th verbal commitment for the class of 2009 yesterday when Eleanor Roosevelt linebacker/defensive end Isaiah Ross chose the Terps over offers from Illinois, Syracuse and Buffalo, among others.
Eleanor Roosevelt head coach Tom Green said Ross, who recorded 128 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior, reminds him of a current Terp defender.
“He’s a versatile player,” Green said. “He can play [defensive] end or outside linebacker. He’s a lot like [Maryland senior] Trey Covington. He’s a very explosive kid. He’s a good student. He’s already qualified. So he’ll definitely add to what they have.”
Like Covington, Ross is expected to play the LEO position for Maryland, which is a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end position. Green said the staff is excited about Ross’ potential at that spot.
“Well from talking to [offensive coordinator James] Franklin, he was excited because he felt Isaiah really liked Maryland and wanted to come. So he was pleased. It’s still an adjustment [from high school to college], but I think he’ll do well. They like him a whole lot.”
Green’s in his first year at Eleanor Roosevelt after spending the previous seven years as Surrattsville’s head coach. While Green’s still getting to know his new team, he was immediately impressed with Ross and his leadership.
“He’s very unselfish,” Green said. “He’s one of a few kids I actually named as captain, one of two going into the season, because he’s been so helpful in motivating the other guys. ... He’s been willing to play anything, even out of position to help the team. That says a lot that the kid’s willing to play out of position to help the team.”
Check back with Recruiting Report later this week for more on Ross.