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January 25, 2011

Terps, Larry Mazyck part ways

Fork Union Military Academy offensive tackle Larry Mazyck won't sign with Maryland next month.

“They’ve decided to go in a different direction,” Fork Union coach Micky Sullivan said Tuesday. “He committed to Vanderbilt.”

Mazyck, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound senior, committed to the Terps last March when he was a junior at Friendship Collegiate in Washington. Commodores coach James Franklin was Mazyck’s recruiter at Maryland.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:20 AM | | Comments (7)


how did md. decide to go in a different direction? how many offensive tackles this size are clamouring to enroll at md. what really happened here?.

THe word they does not set out who decided to go another way. It could have been the recruted football player.

larry and dadellaw -- Maryland decided to go in a different direction, according to Mazyck's coach. I'm not sure what the reasons behind that decision were. He was a Franklin recruit, so it might have been as a simple as a difference in opinion among coaching staffs.

One thing is for sure it wasn't for academic reasons. If he can get into Vanderbilt, then getting into MD would have been a breeze let alone the course work. I would venture to say it was a Franklin thing.


For the 2010 world rankings of colleges and universities, see

Maryland is 36th; Vanderbilt is 53rd.


Thank you. Finally, someone else who actually bothers to look at Maryland's academic standing, rather than just assume a certain school's prestige.

Another fundamental point that seemingly remains far beyond the grasp of many is that Maryland's qualifying academic requirements, too, are far more stringent than those at many of these same academic "sacred cows" such as Duke, Georgetown, etc. As Coach Friedgen himself recently noted, Maryland does not "hide" its student-athletes behind pseudo-majors or provide admission exceptions like most other schools. Accordingly, many prospective recruits who cannot qualify result in either them taking a pass on Maryland or to have the Terps ultimately sever ties with them (in either case, its avoids embarassing the kid). And, although I don't have anything to support this belief, it may also have some correlation to Maryland's lower API.

US News and world Report Best Colleges 2011

Vanderbilt 17th
Maryland 56th

Never heard of the NRWO rankings...

On the other hand US News and World Reports ranking make all the papers.

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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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