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February 17, 2009

Where are they now: Eteyen Edet

Much has changed in the last year for Eteyen Edet.

The former Friendly High School linebacker committed to Maryland last January and signed a letter of intent to play for the Terps on Signing Day 2008.

After missing NCAA qualifying standards, Edet enrolled at Milford Academy last summer. His stint at the prep school in New Berlin, N.Y. was short-lived, however, thanks to Edet joining the team out of shape and clashing with a member of the Milford coaching staff. Edet was rerouted to North Carolina Tech in Charlotte, but his departure from Milford caused Maryland to cut ties with him.

Now, a year after signing with the Terps, Edet’s still looking for another place to play football in college. He had a successful prep season at North Carolina Tech, but still has some business to attend to academically, according to former Friendly assistant Marcus Berry.

“He didn’t sign anywhere this year. Basically, we’re trying to get him qualified,” Berry said. “He needs 30 more points, but he’ll get there. ... He had a really good season. The coaching staff did tell me that. If he wasn’t the best defensive player there, he was one of the top two or three best.”

Berry mentioned four schools that are still monitoring Edet’s progress.

“Ohio University, Akron, Michigan State still has some interest and also North Carolina has interest also,” Berry said. “But like I said, when he qualifies, we’ll just go from there. It’s kind of hard to find a 6-2, 245-pound linebacker with his ability.”

Berry said Edet is back home in Staten Island, N.Y., studying for the SAT and ACT, but he’ll soon return to Maryland to live with his aunt in Fort Washington.

“He told me he’s supposed to come back in the next week or two,” Berry said. “He’ll just work out and do everything here. He’ll have a better opportunity [to concentrate on his studying].”

It’s been a difficult year for Edet, but Berry said he’s putting the past behind him. Edet’s completely focused on getting a qualifying test score and putting himself in position to earn a Division I scholarship.

“He came out gangbusters for us at Friendly. He’s one of the best Mike linebackers we’ve ever had,” Berry said. “He gets off blocks great, he’s a great rusher and blitzer, he runs well. He’s a can’t miss. Whoever gets him is going to be stealing. ... When he gets qualified, we’ll find him a place.”

Click on the YouTube player for highlights of Edet at North Carolina Tech. The music in the clip contains profanity.

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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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