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April 30, 2009

Terps land New Jersey defensive end

Maryland landed its fourth commitment of the 2010 recruiting class on Tuesday when Hammonton (N.J.) defensive end Ian Evans pledged to the Terps.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder chose UM over offers from Syracuse and Temple. Rutgers, Penn State, Vanderbilt and many others were expressing interest, according to Hammonton head coach Pete Lancetta.

“I sent film out to a lot of places and [Maryland] was one of the first to respond very, very positively,” Lancetta said. “We’ve been getting obviously a lot of traffic coming through [the school]. He went [to College Park] twice on visits and really liked it. He went to the spring game with his mother. ... I think [his commitment] had a lot to do with the fact that it’s a really beautiful place. He felt that it was right for him. ... I support him 100 percent. I’m real proud of him and really happy about his decision.”

Evans helped Hammonton (9-3) to the South Jersey Group 3 championship game, where the Blue Devils fell to Shawnee, 28-7. Going into the Shawnee game, Evans had recorded 82 tackles, eight sacks and three interceptions.

Evans, a first-team all-conference selection who led the team in sacks, also played wide receiver for Hammonton. He’ll likely move to tight end as a senior, but his college future is on the defensive side of the ball.

“He’s like an outside linebacker in our scheme,” Lancetta said. “In [Maryland’s] scheme, he can either stand up or possibly play with his hand down. He’s 6-3, 230 pounds, but he can probably get up to 265. He just runs so well; that’s what stands out on film. He ran a 4.49 [40] at a combine. That could be [a little inflated], but even if it is, he’s legitimately in the 4.5s, and that’s pretty darn good for a junior at 6-3, 230. ... [The Maryland staff was] impressed by the way he moves laterally and the way he hawks people down.”

Evans joins Wise safety Titus Till, Handley (Va.) cornerback Jeremiah Wilson and Pittsford (N.Y.) Mendon tight end Sean Fitzpatrick in the Terps’ 2010 recruiting class.

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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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