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January 19, 2009

Meet Ryan Donohue

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Ryan Donohue
Birthdate: Dec. 2, 1990
Birthplace: Rockland County, N.Y.
Hometown: Stony Point, N.Y.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’2
Weight: 225
Position: Inside linebacker
High School: St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J.
Senior statistics: 135 tackles, one sack, one interception. 32 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Six receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 75 inside linebacker, No. 20 player in New Jersey. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 60 middle linebacker.
Bench max: 330
40-yard dash: 4.6
Runner-up: Rutgers or Boston College
Other schools considered: Miami, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Akron
Favorite NFL player: Ray Lewis
Favorite NFL team: Atlanta Falcons
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Ludacris
Favorite book: Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior by Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite TV show: Hard Knocks on HBO
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Sports medicine
Favorite thing about College Park: “I just like the whole environment. I’m from New York and the weather [in College Park] is a little bit nicer. It’s really clean and it just feels like family.”
Other high school sports: “Basketball for two years. Might throw shot put this year.”
Hobbies: Lifting weights, playing video games
Intended major: Kinesiology
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a strong interest in cars, quads, outdoor sports.”
Best football moment: “When we won the state championship this year.”
Role model: “My role model is probably Reggie Bush because he’s got all the fame and glory and all that money, but he does all that charity work in New Orleans and a lot of people don’t know that about him.”
Why Maryland? “I went to visit a lot of schools and spent a lot of time at camps. They all tried to sell their schools, but I felt like all the other schools [besides Maryland] were fake. [The Maryland coaches] just told me what I would do. It felt like a family; a family away from home.”

Click here for a recap of Donohue's senior season.

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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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