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January 20, 2009

Drakeford set to enroll early

Roosevelt (D.C.) linebacker Darin Drakeford will get an early start to his Maryland career.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has graduated from high school and will enroll at College Park next week.

Drakeford said he made the decision to enroll this semester at UM last week.

“I always knew I had enough credits [to graduate high school early]," Drakeford said. "I spoke to [Roosevelt coach Daryl Tilghman about enrolling early] and that’s when I called [the Maryland staff] up. When I did decide to do it, they were happy I did it.”

Drakeford said deciding to enroll early was a difficult decision, mostly because it meant forgoing his senior season of basketball. As a junior, Drakeford averaged 12 points and nine rebounds per game for the Rough Riders. But ultimately, he decided the benefits of joining the Terps in time for spring practice was more important.

“I spoke to a lot of people [about the decision],” Drakeford said. “A lot of my basketball teammates are kind of mad I’m leaving, but they know I’m not going to play basketball in college. They know it’s best for me. It’s going to be weird, but I’ve got a lot of support.”

Click here for a recap of Drakeford’s senior season.

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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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