Fla. defender Desmond Kearse picks Terps
Maryland landed its third commitment from Florida on Tuesday when Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar defensive end Desmond Kearse pledged to the Terps.
"That was my best choice," Kearse said of his commitment to Maryland. "Everybody was happy. They say it's a good school."
Kearse, a cousin of Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse, had planned to take visits to Florida Atlantic and Western Kentucky. But the recent scholarship offer from the Terps was too much to pass up.
“I knew from previous conversations that he was ready to commit to Maryland as soon as he got the offer,” said Dunbar coach Phil Vogt. “He got the verbal offer over the phone last week and they arranged for Coach [Ralph] Friedgen to offer him [Tuesday]. It took him about a nanosecond to accept. ... He’s going up [to College Park] this weekend.”
Terps defensive coordinator Don Brown first made contact with Kearse -- who runs a 4.49 40 and has recorded 46 sacks over the past two seasons -- in December. It quickly become apparent to Kearse that Brown’s defense would be the best fit for his talents.
“I’ve been rushing the passer all my life and [Brown said] that’s not going to change,” said Kearse, who is expected to play strong safety at Maryland. “I’ll stand up and rush the passer and drop back a bit in coverage.”
Vogt said many schools had trouble figuring out where Kearse would play in college, but the Maryland coaches had a plan in place.
“Maryland didn’t project him at anything other than what he does best," Vogt said. "He can run and come off the edge.”
Check back with Recruiting Report later for more on Kearse’s commitment.