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August 16, 2011

Where are they now? Former Terps footballers

Maryland coach Randy Edsall is officially introducing his 2011 football team at media day in College Park today.

Across the country, meanwhile, several Terps transfers and one-time commitments are suiting up for other programs. Here’s a class-by-class look -- starting in 2008 -- at where those players ended up.

Class of 2008

Tyler Bass: A late addition to Maryland’s 2008 class, Bass was released from his letter of intent before beginning his Terps career. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound dual-threat quarterback ended up at Memphis, where he appeared in six games (starting three) over his first two seasons, throwing for 774 yards (63-for-94 passing), seven touchdowns and five interceptions, while rushing for 259 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries. As a junior, Bass played in just one game. He later transferred to Florida A&M, where he entered fall camp as a backup.

Zach Brown: The former Wilde Lake linebacker’s on-again, off-again dalliance with Maryland ended when he signed with North Carolina in February 2008. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder has been a standout performer for the Tar Heels. As a junior, Brown was second on the team in total tackles with 72, in addition to intercepting three passes.

Teddy Dargan: The former Milford Mill defensive tackle missed the cut academically and didn’t sign with any college program as a senior. Dargan eventually made his way out to Arizona Western College, where he grayshirted in 2009 while earning his high school diploma. Dargan wasn’t listed on the team’s 2010 roster.

Gary Douglas: The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back from Durham, N.C., played sparingly during his three years in College Park, rushing for 81 yards as a redshirt freshman and appearing in just two games during an injury-plagued sophomore season. Douglas left Maryland in the spring.

Eteyen Edet: A late addition to the 2008 class from Friendly High in Fort Washington, Edet missed NCAA qualifying standards and headed to Milford Academy in New York for a post-grad year. His stint at Milford was short-lived, with Edet eventually resurfacing at North Carolina Tech in Charlotte. The Terps parted ways with Edet, and the 6-2, 245-pound linebacker signed with North Carolina A&T. He was listed last season on the roster for Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Masengo Kabongo: A 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle who was born in the Congo, Kabongo made a minimal impact in his three years in College Park. He left Maryland after his redshirt sophomore year and ended up at Stony Brook. Kabongo was named a preseason All-Big South selection in Phil Steele’s College Football Review.

Tyler Urban: A versatile fullback and defensive end from North Huntingdon, Pa., Urban switched his pledge from the Terps to West Virginia before Signing Day 2008. He has played in 37 games for the Mountaineers, starting 14. The 6-foot-5, 251-pound senior played tight end his first three seasons, but entered fall camp as an inside receiver. He has caught 17 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns at West Virginia.

Class of 2009

Ryan Donahue: After spending two seasons as a reserve linebacker in College Park, the Montvale, N.J., native transferred to Connecticut, where he was reunited with former Terps defensive coordinator Don Brown. Donahue will sit out this season and have two years of eligibility starting next fall.

Ricky Hart: A 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive guard from Folkston, Ga., Hart committed to the Terps in June 2008. Maryland reportedly pulled his offer because of concerns regarding his academics, and Hart signed that February with Memphis. He played in eight games for the Tigers in 2010, but isn’t listed on their 2011 roster.

Travis Hawkins: One of the most highly rated recruits of the Ralph Friedgen era, Hawkins played in just eight games as a reserve safety during his redshirt freshman year last fall. The Quince Orchard grad transferred to Delaware last winter. Hawkins had a standout spring game for the Blue Hens and entered fall camp as a probable starter at cornerback.

Zach Kerr: The Quince Orchard grad signed with the Terps in 2008 but did a postgrad year at Fork Union before enrolling at College Park in January 2009. Kerr lasted two seasons with the Terps as a reserve defensive tackle before leaving the team this summer. Kerr would have reportedly been academically ineligible for the 2011 season.

Avery Murray: The 6-foot-0, 230-pound linebacker played in 10 games as a true freshman for the Terps in 2009. He was slated to compete for a starting job last fall, but instead transferred to Coastal Carolina to be closer to his Florence, S.C., home. Murray is not listed on the Chanticleers’ 2011 roster.

Caleb Porzel: The speedy running back from Good Counsel rushed for 75 yards on 30 carries as a freshman, but struggled academically and left College Park in the summer of 2010. He resurfaced last fall at East Central Community College in Mississippi.

Ryan Schlieper: The Wexford, Pa., native backed out of his Terps commitment when his hometown school -- Pittsburgh -- came calling. Schlieper redshirted his first year at Pitt and appeared in three games as a redshirt freshman last season. The 6-foot-5, 305-pounder entered camp as the Panthers’ backup at left guard.

Class of 2010

Nermin Delic: The 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end played as a true freshman in 2010 for Kentucky and recorded five tackles. Delic briefly left the Wildcats because of a variety of injuries, but later rejoined the team.

Sean Fitzpatrick: A 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end from Pittsford, N.Y., Fitzpatrick switched his pledge from Maryland to North Carolina well before Signing Day. He redshirted last season for the Tar Heels.

Javarie Johnson: A one-time Miami commitment and four-star prospect, Johnson graduated from Dunbar (D.C.) early and enrolled at Maryland in January 2010. He lasted one semester before transferring to New Mexico. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound linebacker will have four years of eligibility starting this fall.

Brice Laughlin: The 6-foot-3, 324-pound defensive tackle dropped his Terps commitment when Kentucky offered him a scholarship in December 2009. He redshirted as a freshman. Laughlin isn’t listed on the Wildcats’ 2011 roster.

Tyler Smith: A highly touted quarterback prospect from Easton, Pa., Smith left Maryland in the spring. He is now competing for the starting job at Elon.

Class of 2011

There were several defections in this recruiting class – some by Maryland’s choice, some not – because of the coaching change.

• Tight end Ryan Malleck signed with Virginia Tech.

• Defensive end Dontez Tyler signed with Old Dominion.

• Linebacker Jimmy Stewart signed with Vanderbilt.

• Cornerback Michael Williams signed with the Terps but later gave up his football scholarship to pursue track.

• Defensive end Quinton Jefferson will stay in Pittsburgh this semester and deal with a medical issue. Edsall said Jefferson will join the team in January.

• Whereabouts unknown: running back Delonte Morton and offensive tackle Larry Mazyck.

Leave a comment below if there’s anyone I missed, or if you know the location of any player.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 1:26 PM | | Comments (7)
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Any idea where Adrian Coxson is on the depth chart?

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Jon: Not sure on that. Might be a better question for Barker. -- Matt

Brown, Urban, Schlieper, Donahue, Fitzpatrick, Johnson, and Hawkins ...seem to be the only ones on that entire list who possessed the talent that would have kept them on Marylands roster but who knows if any of them would be key starters or significant game changers that would significantly improve our team? Maybe a few. Certainly they would all be that needed "depth" we need.

The rest however either had academic. personal, or "other" problems keeping them from staying - with most not going to another Div 1A school.

Are Maryland academic requirements too stringent? NO.

I have to believe similar lists can be gathered for every other Div 1A school.

For those who jumped ship - who cares - they were more interested in following a recruiter than coming to Maryland all along.

Matt, Thanks for the interesting article. By the way, speaking of where are they now, I assume you read about former Terps wideout Jermaine Lewis?

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CA Terps Fan: Sure did. Rough times for him. -- Matt

Mazyck "surprisingly" went to Vanderbilt. I wonder how that happened?

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Future Terp Alum: Mazyck committed to Vandy, but he didn't end up signing there. It's possible that he returned to Fork Union. He was on the varsity team last year, so I could see him just moving up to the post-grad roster. The coaches there really liked him. -- Matt

Just wanted to add some updates.

I believe Caleb Porzel is back in CP, although not on the team.

Teddy Dargan is at Eastern Arizona College.

What about Jammaal (sp)??

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Aaron: Do you mean Jamarr Robinson? I didn't include him because he was a grayshirt that was originally part of the 2007 class. But he reportedly transferred to Bethune-Cookman.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/sports/college/2011/08/19/report-former-acc-qb-transfers-to-bethune-cookman.html

Hawkins moved to safety.

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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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