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January 28, 2011

Reports: Ryan Malleck switches commitment

Ryan Malleck will play his college football in the ACC, but it won't be at Maryland.

The three-star tight end prospect from Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) High has reportedly switched his commitment from the Terps to Virginia Tech.

He had been committed to Maryland since mid-August, but started to take a look at other schools when the Terrapins let former coach Ralph Friedgen go. Last weekend, Malleck visited Tech.

In addition to Tech and Maryland, Malleck considered scholarship offers from U.Va., Miami, Connecticut, Nebraska, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Central Florida and Vanderbilt, as well as appointments from Army and Navy. He's the 20th commitment for Tech's '11 class. Wednesday will be the first day recruits can sign a letter of intent with a university.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 4:00 PM | | Comments (5)


Matt, how many de-commits for 2011 is that now? 4 or 5, right? Maybe more? Have we added anyone since Edsall came on board. Would you say these defections are expected in any coaching change, or not so much? I hate seeing good player end up with our ACC competition.

Dave -- Since Edsall took the job, Maryland has taken commitments from Quinton Jefferson (a DE from Pa.) and Keith Bowers (a DT from Fla.). Maryland dropped Larry Mazyck (Vanderbilt), Rodman Noel (N.C. State), Dontez Tyler (?) and Delonte Morton (because of his academics). So Malleck is probably the first guy that they really wanted to keep but couldn't. Jeremiah Hendy is the other question mark. I think that's it. Defections are pretty much always expected in a coaching change. Getting Jefferson was definitely a big thing. Losing Malleck definitely hurts though.

Terps will lose a few players. Coach Edsall has to wait a year for his first recruiting class. That's the nature of a transition to a new coach.

Good news is that Terps have lots of good young players coming back. And Coach Edsall is walking into an ideal situation. Terps will contend for ACC division title this year (and beat Notre Dame), and recruits will look to come to MD a year from now. And that's an OK thing. Ideally, you want a great recrutiing year to alternate with a weaker recruting year. Eventually you have two year starters, and junior and senior dominated teams are bowl teams.

Look for the O line in particular to be much better in 2011. Need some good luch and no injuries. And a warm weather bowl game is in the package.

Any information as to kids who committed to Conn. only to recommit to MD after the Edsall hire?

Terry -- There aren't any recruits who fit that bill. Some thought Edsall might go after Calvert Hall safety Adrian Amos (a UConn commitment), but the Terps never offered.

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About Matt Bracken

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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