Two Terps recruits headed to prep school
Mackall, a defensive end from Edmondson, and Goree, a linebacker from C.H. Flowers, fell short of NCAA qualifying standards and will spend this fall shoring up their academics and playing football for the Virginia prep school. They report to Fork Union next month.
Goree said he was disappointed when it became clear he would need to go to prep school, but “it is what it is.” The Maryland coaches pointed Goree in Fork Union’s direction.
“They were understanding,” Goree said of the UM staff. “They were talking about me going since January, just to mature a little bit more before coming to Maryland and be focused on football and schoolwork, not girls and parties. ... [The Fork Union coaches are] strict as far as I know, but they seem like cool guys. But they’re no-nonsense with their players down there. It’s just business.”
Mackall said he came up about 50 points short on his most recent SAT attempt. While going to prep school isn't ideal, Mackall said he's comforted to know that other Maryland players have been in this situation before.
“I’m pretty mad that I’ve got to go through this, but whatever it takes, I’m going to do it,” Mackall said. “I wanted to go to Maryland [right away], but I’ll get there. Academically, I think it’ll [prepare me for college] better anyway.”
Edmondson coach Dante Jones said the Fork Union staff is “very excited” to have Mackall in the fold for the upcoming season. He and Goree should do well as teammates in Virginia, Jones said.
“It’s always good going somewhere where you have someone you know that you’ll be with for a lot of years,” Jones said. “So it’s definitely a good thing.”
“I’ve been talking to Zach Kerr all the time and he’s been telling me stuff about it,” Goree said. “[I just need to put in] my time and get good grades.”
Mackall said he's spoken to Goree a few times and they're both on the same page with regard to what they need to accomplish at Fork Union.
“We’ve both got that mindset that we have to help each other out and get this thing done together," Mackall said. "So I’m looking forward to it.”