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June 7, 2011

Meet Brene Moseley

Throughout her senior year, Brene Moseley played the role of diligent rehab patient and dedicated team cheerleader.

The Maryland-bound point guard from Paint Branch High took both responsibilities to heart. But Moseley is hopeful that her days of being relegated to the sideline are over.

“It was hard. It took a lot from me,” said Moseley, who tore her ACL last spring and missed her entire 12th-grade season. “At the time it was frustrating. I love basketball and to sit out basically since June -- that was my surgery -- sitting out that long and not even playing the game was not easy.”

Moseley, who committed to Maryland last October, wasn’t happy missing her last year of high school basketball, but the future Terp did feel good about the progress she made in coming back from a torn ACL.

“I feel good. I feel like everything’s there,” said Moseley, who was cleared to play one month ago. “I’m going to have obstacles. I’m not used to playing. I have an opportunity to come in July, when I’m back on the court. I’m excited.”

Moseley said she’s working hard to get back to full strength. As a freshman at Maryland, she hopes to challenge for playing time at the point.

“I’m just going to work my way into it,” Moseley said. “I’m going to do what I can and I’m going to work hard and go from there. No one wants to come in and sit on the bench. And that’s not what I’m going there for. I’m going to work my butt off. They said they have spots there. I have to fight for it. That’s what I’m planning.”

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February 9, 2011

Meet Justus Pickett

This is part of a series of Maryland football commitment Q&As for the Terps' 2011 recruiting class. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Justus Pickett
Birthdate: Aug. 2, 1993
Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 183
Position: Running back
Nickname: J-Pick
High School: Ardrey Kell High
Senior statistics: 2,429 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns

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February 1, 2011

Meet Quinton Jefferson

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Quinton Jefferson
Birthdate: March 31, 1993
Birthplace: Pittsburgh
Hometown: Pittsburgh
Height: 6-4
Weight: 240
Position: Defensive end
Nicknames: Q, Q-Jeff, Slim
High School: Woodland Hills
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 25 player in Pennsylvania. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 47 defensive end. ESPN.com -- Three stars, No. 40 defensive end, 78 rating. 24-7 Sports -- Three stars, 85 rating.

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January 30, 2011

Meet Marcus Leak

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Marcus Leak
Birthdate: Nov. 19, 1992
Birthplace: Charlotte, N.C.
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Height: 6-0
Weight: 200
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Parkwood High
Senior statistics: 305 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 200 yards receiving and one touchdown, 30 tackles (Leak missed four games with a high-ankle sprain)

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January 29, 2011

Meet Cole Farrand

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Cole Farrand
Birthdate: Sept. 25 ,1992
Birthplace: Denville, N.J.
Hometown: Green Pond, N.J.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 230
Position: Linebacker
Nickname: Cole-Train
High School: Pope John XXIII
Senior statistics: 78 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception returned for a touchdown; three touchdown receptions

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January 28, 2011

Meet Jimmy Stewart

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Jimmy Stewart
Birthdate: June 17, 1992
Birthplace: Fort Stewart, Ga.
Hometown: North Fort Myers, Fla.
Height: 6-3 1/2
Weight: 210
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Island Coast
Senior statistics: 40 tackles (23 solo) and 13 sacks; two touchdown receptions

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January 27, 2011

Meet Tyler Cierski

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Tyler Cierski
Birthdate: Dec. 17, 1992
Birthplace: Stony Brook, N.Y.
Hometown: Shoreham, N.Y.
Height: 6-1
Weight: 255
Position: Fullback
Nickname: Moose
High School: Mill Creek (Ga.)
Senior statistics: 755 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 143 attempts, 16 receptions for 187 yards and two touchdowns

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Meet Evan Mulrooney

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Evan Mulrooney
Birthdate: Jan. 20, 1993
Birthplace: Wilmington, Del.
Hometown: Wilmington Del.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 275
Position: Center
Nickname: None
High School: Salesianum School
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars, No. 4 player in Delaware. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 15 center. ESPN.com -- Three stars, No. 107 offensive tackle, 75 rating. 24-7 Sports -- Three stars, 80 rating.

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January 26, 2011

Meet Makinton Dorleant

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Makinton Dorleant
Birthdate: Oct. 6, 1992
Birthplace: Naples, Fla.
Hometown: Naples, Fla.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 171
Position: Cornerback
Nickname: Mak-Man, Speedy
High School: Lely High
Senior statistics: 42 tackles, 14 pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery. He also blocked two field goals and accumulated 652 yards of total offense.

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January 25, 2011

Meet Andrew Zeller

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Andrew Zeller
Birthdate: Oct. 29, 1993
Birthplace: Westminster
Hometown: Manchester
Height: 6-6
Weight: 295
Position: Offensive line
Nickname: Big Z
High School: Red Lion (Pa.) High
Senior statistics: 67 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, seven sacks at defensive tackle.

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Meet Lukas Foreman

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Lukas Foreman
Birthdate: Nov. 20, 1992
Birthplace: Naples, Fla.
Hometown: Naples, Fla.
Height: 6-3
Weight: 190
Position: Safety
High School: Naples High
Senior statistics: 59 tackles (45 solo), two interceptions and one forced fumble. 25 punts for a 40.07-yard average, including a long punt of 60 yards and nine kicks inside the 20.

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January 24, 2011

Meet Alex Twine

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Alex Twine
Birthdate: Dec. 9, 1993
Birthplace: Olney
Hometown: Gaithersburg
Height: 6-1
Weight: 210
Position: Linebacker
High School: Quince Orchard
Senior statistics: 52 tackles (including 18 for loss), four forced fumbles, three interceptions

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January 23, 2011

Meet Delonte Morton

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Delonte Morton
Birthdate: March 14, 1992
Birthplace: District Heights
Hometown: District Heights
Height: 6-1 1/2
Weight: 249
Position: Running back
High School: DeMatha
Senior statistics: 40 carries for 298 yards and five touchdowns in five games

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January 22, 2011

Meet Brandon Ross

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Brandon Ross
Birthdate: Nov. 9, 1992
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Hometown: Newark, Del.
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195
Position: Running back
Nickname: B-Ross
High School: Charter School of Wilmington
Senior statistics: 1,172 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 181 carries, 19 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns

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January 21, 2011

Meet Undray Clark

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Undray Clark
Birthdate: Nov. 24, 1992
Birthplace: Miami
Hometown: Miami
Height: 5-10
Weight: 180
Position: Cornerback
High School: Felix Varela High
Senior statistics: 72 tackles, five interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), two kickoff returns for touchdowns

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January 20, 2011

Meet Stephen Grommer

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Stephen Grommer
Birthdate: Oct. 27, 1992
Birthplace: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Hometown: Spartanburg, S.C.
Height: 6-5
Weight: 286
Position: Offensive line
High School: Spartanburg High

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Meet Nigel King

This is part of a series of 2011 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 2. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Nigel King
Birthdate: Oct. 9, 1992
Birthplace: Raleigh, N.C.
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Height: 6-4
Weight: 201
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy
Senior statistics: 38 receptions for 732 yards and eight touchdowns

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May 25, 2010

Meet Berend Weijs

Berend Weijs didn’t quite know what to expect when he took a chance trip down to College Park for a pickup game last month.

The 6-foot-10, 205-pound center from Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., stepped on the Comcast Center court and was immediately matched up with Jordan Williams. Little did Weijs know that his opponent was a member of the All-ACC Freshman team and one of the most promising young post players in the country.

“I don’t follow college basketball that much,” Weijs said. “I don’t really know the [recent] champions or who won the ACC tournament. I really don’t follow college basketball that much, and I’m bad with names, so I really don’t have a clue. The only guy I knew was [Greivis] Vasquez, because he’s in the highlights and stuff. The other guys, I didn’t see them a lot, so for me they were just another [type of] competition. I didn’t know.”

Weijs held his own during the first game and returned to College Park shortly thereafter – with a Harcum teammate – for another. On his third trip to Maryland, recommendations from several Terps players and a full scholarship were riding on his play. Still, Weijs said he never felt any nervousness or pressure on the court.

“Well, when I played with the guys and played good, I was in my comfort zone as soon as I started playing with the guys,” he said. “The first time, I didn’t know what to expect. But I played pretty good that first time. The second time, I was a little more comfortable. Then the next time, I was comfortable, too. But I never knew until the coach said he was offering me a scholarship. I really didn’t know how bad they wanted me.”

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May 20, 2010

Meet Pe'Shon Howard

Living away from home is often the most drastic change a freshman faces in college, but for Maryland-bound combo guard Pe’Shon Howard, homesickness shouldn’t be an issue.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Howard left his Los Angeles home four years ago, spending his freshman year of high school at St. Edward in Cleveland followed by sophomore, junior and senior years at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.

“It’s big because I think I’ll be able to adjust early,” Howard said. “I start school early, and I think it’ll be good just being on the national stage and being able to help the team early.”

Howard and his father – who works on movie sets in Hollywood – moved to Cleveland for his ninth-grade year. Then legendary Oak Hill coach Steve Smith came calling. Howard said Smith initially wanted him to play for the Warriors as a junior, but his debut was moved up a year when another recruited point guard went elsewhere.

At Oak Hill, Howard was thrown into the starting lineup of the nation’s most high-profile high school program. The quick introduction to an almost college-like existence wasn’t easy for Howard.

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May 19, 2010

Meet Mychal Parker

College hasn't started yet for Mychal Parker, but the Maryland small forward recruit has already had a taste of what it’s like to live in the public eye.

Rumors on blogs and message boards circulated last week that Parker had been kicked out of the Miller School (Va.), just two weeks before graduation. While the future Terp had finished his senior requirements and returned home to Washington, N.C., Parker said any speculation about expulsion simply wasn’t accurate.

“Nothing like that went down, honestly,” Parker said. “It wasn’t [anything] like the people said on the blogs. I guess they can put what they want ... [but] it definitely opened my eyes. I didn’t know I was being watched that close. It’s definitely waking me up.”

Such is the life of a Maryland men’s basketball recruit. As the Terps’ highest-ranked incoming freshman, the spotlight has already shined brightly on Parker. He watched from afar as the Terps shared the ACC regular-season championship this season, dreaming of the day he would suit up for the team.

“I wanted to go this year,” Parker said. “I guess when I get there, I just want to please everyone. … I feel like it’s a lot of responsibility on me, but that’s why I’ve prepared myself right now, so when I get there I won’t disappoint.”

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February 3, 2010

Meet Jeremiah Johnson

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Jeremiah Johnson
Birthdate: Aug. 28, 1992
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Hometown: District Heights
Nickname: JJ
Height: 5'11 1/2
Weight: 157
Position: Cornerback

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January 29, 2010

Meet Desmond Kearse

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Desmond Kearse
Birthdate: Feb. 7, 1992
Birthplace: Fort Myers, Fla.
Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.
Height: 6'2
Weight: 181
Position: Strong safety

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January 28, 2010

Meet Jake Wheeler

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Jake Wheeler
Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1992
Birthplace: Hollywood, Fla.
Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.
Nickname: Big Wheels
Height: 6’8 ½
Weight: 250
Position: Offensive tackle or tight end

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Meet Tyler Smith

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Tyler Smith
Birthdate: Oct. 3, 1991
Birthplace: Easton, Pa.
Hometown: Easton, Pa.
Height: 6’4
Weight: 200
Position: Quarterback

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January 27, 2010

Meet Darius Kilgo

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Darius Kilgo
Birthdate: Dec. 14, 1991
Birthplace: Matthews, N.C.
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Nicknames: Juice, Big Hoot
Height: 6’4
Weight: 285
Position: Defensive tackle

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Meet Matt Robinson

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Matt Robinson
Birthdate: Dec. 31, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Columbia
Nickname: Bobble
Height: 6’4
Weight: 210
Position: Safety

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January 26, 2010

Meet Ian Evans

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Ian Evans
Birthdate: Jan. 31, 1992
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Hometown: Atco, N.J.
Height: 6’2
Weight: 245
Position: Defensive end

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January 25, 2010

Meet Javarie Johnson

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Javarie Johnson
Birthdate: May 2, 1991
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Nickname: J.J.
Height: 6’3 ½
Weight: 210
Position: Outside linebacker

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January 24, 2010

Meet Max Garcia

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Max Garcia
Birthdate: Nov. 9, 1991
Birthplace: Atlanta
Hometown: Norcross, Ga.
Nickname: Grandisimo
Height: 6’5
Weight: 280
Position: Offensive tackle

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January 23, 2010

Meet Devin Burns

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Devin Burns
Birthdate: Sept. 1, 1992
Birthplace: Orlando, Fla.
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
Height: 6’3
Weight: 187
Position: Quarterback

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January 22, 2010

Meet Rahsaan Moore

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Rahsaan Moore
Birthdate: July 26, 1992
Birthplace: Hyattsville
Hometown: District Heights
Height: 6’2½
Weight: 240
Position: Fullback

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January 21, 2010

Meet Nate Clarke

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Nate Clarke
Birthdate: Sept. 12, 1992
Birthplace: College Park
Hometown: College Park
Height: 6’4
Weight: 290
Position: Defensive tackle or offensive tackle

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January 20, 2010

Meet Titus Till

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Titus Till
Birthdate: May 26, 1992
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska
Hometown: Upper Marlboro
Height: 6’3
Weight: 205
Position: Safety

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January 19, 2010

Meet Jeremiah Wilson

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Jeremiah Wilson
Birthdate: Jan. 7, 1992
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Height: 5’10
Weight: 185
Position: Cornerback

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January 18, 2010

Meet Mario Rowson

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Mario Rowson
Birthdate: Feb. 8, 1992
Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.
Hometown: Norfolk, Va.
Height: 6’3 ½
Weight: 190
Position: Cornerback

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January 17, 2010

Meet Sal Conaboy

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Sal Conaboy
Birthdate: Nov. 5, 1990
Birthplace: Scranton, Pa.
Hometown: Clarks Summit, Pa.
Height: 6’5
Weight: 255
Position: Offensive guard or center

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January 16, 2010

Meet Clarence Murphy

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Clarence Murphy
Birthdate: Oct. 13, 1991
Birthplace: Hollywood, Fla.
Hometown: Hollywood, Fla.
Height: 6’2
Weight: 235
Position: Defensive end

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January 14, 2010

Meet Andre Monroe

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Andre Monroe
Birthdate: Feb. 24, 1992
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Hometown: Upper Marlboro
Height: 6’0
Weight: 280
Position: Defensive tackle

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Meet Tyrek Cheeseboro

This is part of a series of 2010 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 3. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Tyrek Cheeseboro
Birthdate: May 25, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Height: 6’0
Weight: 180
Position: Wide receiver

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November 17, 2009

Meet Ashton Pankey

By the time he was 12, Ashton Pankey had a pretty good idea that he would play college basketball.

The 6-foot seventh-grader was a good student who wasn’t enamored with the game just yet, but that changed in hurry, especially after throwing down his first dunk that year.

“From seventh to eighth grade I grew from 6 feet to 6-6,” Pankey said. “That’s when I had my previous growth spurt. ... At seventh grade, I wasn’t as serious about basketball. During high school, I became more serious.”

The Maryland-bound power forward has made that abundantly clear the past three years, first while starring for Archbishop Molloy in Queens, N.Y., and then as a junior with the legendary St. Anthony High program in Jersey City.

Pankey’s seventh-grade predictions about playing college basketball came into focus during those earlier high school years. He knew he wanted to leave the New York area, essentially eliminating St. John’s and Seton Hall from contention. When Maryland came calling this summer, Pankey found what he was looking for athletically and academically.

“I’ve always wanted to play at the highest level of basketball, and one thing I dream of is being a pro,” Pankey said. “I work my hardest and do what I need to do, and I think Maryland is going to give me the best chance [of realizing that dream]. And it’s not just basketball. Maryland’s one of the best schools in the country in terms of academics, too.”

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November 12, 2009

Meet Whitney Bays

Whitney Bays remembers July 9th like it was yesterday.

The Maryland forward commitment was playing with the West Virginia Thunder in an AAU tournament in Lexington, Ky., when she tore her ACL. She had surgery on July 16 and has been rehabbing ever since.

“When it happened, of course it was devastating,” Bays said. “But I’ve come to realize through it that everything happens for a reason. I’ve definitely become a better basketball player and person because of it. I just try to put everything in perspective, because it’s just the little things we take for granted, like walking and jumping. I told my mom I’ll never complain about running again in my life. It was like an eye-opener in that it showed me how much I love basketball.”

Bays, who will miss her senior season, has found other positives in her situation. She and classmate Laurin Mincy, who also tore her ACL and will miss her final year of high school basketball, have bonded over their respective rehabs. Like Mincy, Bays will spend time helping her high school program, while also focusing on her future in College Park.

“My physical therapist is having me do running and getting my body in shape and getting ready for what college is going to be like,” Bays said. “In high school, I wasn’t necessarily doing that. So I’m really excited to play at a big Division I school. It’s an opportunity that a lot of people don’t get and I’m glad that I’m blessed to be in this position and have this opportunity.”

Bays was the fifth and final senior to commit to Maryland for the 2010 class, which is ranked No. 1 in the country by some recruiting analysts. Bays said she couldn’t pass up the opportunity to join.

“I knew they were getting a great recruiting class when I was trying to make the decision, and I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” Bays said. “The coaches are great and I think all five of us all felt the same way and saw the same things. It was just right for all of us.”

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October 28, 2009

Meet Terrence Ross

For a consensus top 50 prospect, Terrence Ross took the road less traveled this summer.

Instead of joining other top-ranked players on the AAU circuit, the Maryland shooting guard commitment stayed at Montrose Christian this summer to take classes and work on his game.

Staying out of the spotlight did have its consequences. Some scouting services dropped Ross in their rankings, drawing the ire of many Maryland fans. But for the future Terp, a lower rating couldn’t be less important.

“Probably my freshman to sophomore year [I paid attention to recruiting rankings],” Ross said. “But after my junior year, it didn’t matter to me. I was getting recruited, so it really didn’t matter who was [ranked] better than me. It really didn’t matter.”

Ross did admit to missing the competition aspect of AAU. He played his fair share of pickup ball in College Park with some of his future teammates, which whetted his appetite a bit. Now he’s just counting down the days until his senior season starts.

“It was just pretty quiet,” Ross said of his summer. “[So] I’m really excited [for the high school season] because it’s just like all that hard work I put in, [now] I get to show it off.”

Ross has stayed in close contact with Maryland’s other 2010 commitments, Miller School (Va.) small forward Mychal Parker and Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin. There’s already a strong bond between the Maryland recruits, Ross said.

“Me and Mike are close and me and Terrell are close,” Ross said. “Before we get [to Maryland], we already got a friendship. We’re all pretty close and text each other. … Right now I’m just focused on high school, but in the meantime, I can’t wait to get to Maryland.”

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October 27, 2009

Meet Laurin Mincy

Laurin Mincy couldn't wait to put her mid-summer injury setback behind her.

The Maryland shooting guard commitment had torn the meniscus in her left knee while playing in an AAU tournament in July. After eight weeks of rehab, she was ready to make her return to the court at a tournament in New York last month.

“Three minutes into the game, [the knee] gave out on me,” Mincy said. “[It was the] same move [as I made in July]. It was a crossover and it just gave out. That time, I definitely knew that there was something wrong.”

Mincy tore her ACL and her meniscus this time. She underwent surgery three weeks ago and had her stitches removed last week.

Mincy will sit out her senior year, but still take on an active role for University High’s team. She plans on serving as a student assistant. The opportunity to contribute to her team as a coach helped ease the disappointment of being unable to play this season.

“At first I took it real hard,” Mincy said. “I was devastated, being that it was my senior year and knowing that I couldn’t be on the court helping my teammates. But then I started talking to my family and it’s only going to make me a stronger person and a stronger player.”

Mincy said she plans on returning to the court in May and reporting to College Park in July. Terps coach Brenda Frese has been extremely supportive throughout her injury ordeal, according to Mincy.

“She just told me she was sad to hear that,” Mincy said, “but she told me that she just wanted me to get taken care of as soon as I could and just rest up. I should be good to go when it’s time to play for Maryland.”

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October 13, 2009

Meet Alyssa Thomas

Alyssa Thomas may be a consensus top 10 player and a member of Maryland's top-ranked 2010 recruiting class, but life in the spotlight remains a surprisingly new phenomenon to her.

“Just the other day, I was at basketball tryouts,” Thomas said, “and this lady came up to me and was talking about how she loves Maryland, how it was a good choice and how she can’t wait to see me play. ... It’s surprising that a lot of people know who I am.”

Thomas says she’s incredibly appreciative of any attention she receives from Maryland fans, and since her commitment almost one year ago, encounters with Terps fans in the Harrisburg, Pa., area have become increasingly common. But despite the extra attention and a litany of press clippings, Thomas remains humble.

“I don’t really pay attention to [the accolades],” Thomas said. “It’s nice and all, but I still have a lot of work to do.”

Work has already started for Thomas, whose senior season for the Central Dauphin Rams is right around the corner. Getting back on the court -- whether it be for her high school squad or for the Terps next year -- is something Thomas looks forward to.

“I’m definitely [focused on high school],” Thomas said. “I’ve got to finish my senior season and try to go out with another state title. But then after that, I can’t wait for Maryland.”

Here’s an introduction to Thomas.

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October 1, 2009

Meet Terrell Stoglin

Terrell Stoglin was a man of mystery to many Maryland fans when he became the Terps’ first commitment of the 2010 class last spring.

Anonymity shouldn’t be a problem anymore for the Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard. Stoglin drew praise from multiple scouts and writers throughout a successful summer spent on the AAU circuit with Pump N’ Run Elite.

“I was playing on one of the top teams in the nation,” Stoglin said. “Every tournament we played in, I was going against the top point guards in the nation. Honestly, I always felt like I’m one of the top point guards in the nation. I took [the summer as an] opportunity to prove myself against the top players in the nation.”

In between AAU tournaments this summer, Stoglin took time to make his first visit to College Park. The trip to UM also marked the first time he met Terps coach Gary Williams in person.

“He’s a good guy. I like him a lot,” Stoglin said. “I expected to like him, but I didn’t expect to like him as much as I did. ... We talked on the phone a couple times, but just meeting him in person, he was a good guy. He’s a good person and I’m happy he’s going to be my future coach.”

It’ll be a drastic change when Stoglin leaves Arizona for Maryland, but it’s a change he is ready to embrace. Making the transition easier for Stoglin is the knowledge that he’s part of a top 10 recruiting class.

“It makes me feel pretty good,” Stoglin said. “It just makes me know I have to continue to work. I just want to work hard and to be the best I can be when I’m there.”

Here’s an introduction to Stoglin.

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September 29, 2009

Meet Alicia DeVaughn

The Maryland women's basketball program first popped up on the radar of Alicia DeVaughn when she was a high school freshman.

The Terps were fresh off a national championship, and DeVaughn couldn't have been more enamored with the program. With that in mind, DeVaughn's official visit to College Park last weekend was years in the making.

"As soon as I got up there it felt right," DeVaughn said. "And then when I met the team, they were just automatically nice."

DeVaughn committed before returning to her South Florida home, joining the program that first caught her eye almost four years ago.

"Oh, I feel good about it. I love it," DeVaughn said. "It just makes me feel like we have a great chance at winning the championship."

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September 24, 2009

Meet Natasha Cloud

A summer spent on the AAU circuit might have been just what Natasha Cloud needed.

As a junior at Cardinal O’Hara in Springfield, Pa., Cloud was the team’s designated defensive stopper. The Maryland combo guard commitment filled up the stat sheet, but wasn’t counted on to be the primary scorer with four Division I-bound seniors on the roster.

This summer with the Mid-Atlantic Comets, however, Cloud emerged as a go-to player on a young team -- something she’ll need to do this winter at Cardinal O’Hara.

“We came in fourth in the country at nationals,” Cloud said of her AAU team. “We could’ve done better ... because we had a lot of younger players. We had a lot of sophomores and juniors on the team ... but we did pretty good.”

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April 15, 2009

Meet Tianna Hawkins

Tianna Hawkins' final list of schools wasn't too typical for a high-major women's basketball recruit.

Maryland made sense for the 6-foot-3 power forward from Riverdale Baptist. But George Washington and Delaware State?

“Well the only other schools I considered were George Washington and Delaware State because they were both local and they weren’t that far from home,” Hawkins said. “If I wanted to go far, there were other schools I could’ve chosen.”

Hawkins wanted to remain close to her mother, Latanya Hawkins, and twin sister Tierra, a standout forward for Riverdale Baptist who will graduate in 2010. The Terps pulled ahead of the Colonials and Hornets late last spring.

“My friend was graduating [from C.H. Flowers High School] at Comcast Center,” Hawkins said. “My mom didn’t even know I was going to do it. I went into the women’s basketball office and I told them I wanted to verbally commit.”

Needless to say, Hawkins’ choice pleased Latanya and Tierra.

“They were very happy,” Hawkins said. “They thought it was the best place for me.”

Here’s an introduction to Hawkins.

Name: Tianna Hawkins
Birthdate: March 2, 1991
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Hometown: Clinton
Nickname: Big Twin
Height: 6’3
Position: Power forward
High School: Riverdale Baptist
Senior statistics: 17 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks
Other schools considered: George Washington or Delaware State
Favorite pro basketball player: Carmelo Anthony
Favorite pro basketball team: Denver Nuggets
Favorite all-time Terp: Marissa Coleman
Favorite music: Ginuwine, Pretty Ricky, T.I., Beyonce, Mariah Carey Alicia Keys.
Favorite book: Native Son by Richard Wright
Favorite movie: Love and Basketball
Favorite TV show: CSI Miami
Favorite food: Buffalo wings and crab cakes
Favorite high school class: Debate
Favorite thing about College Park: “The prestige.”
Hobbies: Going to the movies, bowling, skating.
Intended major: Criminal Justice
Something that not many people know about you: “A lot of people don’t know that I’m left-handed.”
Best basketball moment: “Playing on ESPN [against St. Frances and Seton Keough].”
Role model: “My mother because she teaches me that in order to get what you want you have to work for it. And nothing comes easy.”
Why Maryland? “For one, it was a childhood dream. My mom always wanted me to go there because of the type of school it is. She went there, too.”

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April 9, 2009

Meet Dara Taylor

Dara Taylor never expected to finish her high school career with an appearance at the McDonald’s All-American game.

Yet there she was last week in Miami, chosen as one of the top 24 high school girls basketball players in the country.

The Maryland-bound point guard earned rave reviews from scouts during East team practices. She finished second to Virginia signee China Crosby in the skills competition. But most importantly, Taylor came away from the all-star event knowing she belonged.

“It definitely was cool to see myself ... on the court with all these big names from across the country,” Taylor said. “To finally meet them and be on the same court, it helped reassure myself that I’m ready to be on the same level with them. I feel like I’m right there with the best competition in the country.”

Taylor’s set to arrive in College Park in mid-July. There’s a good chance she’ll be immediately tasked with replacing Kristi Toliver at the point -- something the Wilmington, Del., native has dreamed of since committing to the Terps early in her junior year.

“I’m ready for the challenge,” Taylor said. “Following in Kristi’s footsteps [is an honor]. Kristi came in as a freshman obviously and did really big things. So the opportunity is there. I’m looking to take full advantage of it.”

Name: Dara Taylor
Birthdate: Jan. 16, 1991
Birthplace: New York City
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
Nickname: D.T.
Height: 5’5
Position: Point guard
High School: Caravel Academy
Senior statistics: 17.8 points, 5.5 assists, 5 rebounds, 5 steals
Other schools considered: Penn State
Favorite pro basketball player: Chris Paul
Favorite pro basketball team: New Orleans Hornets
Favorite all-time Terp: Kristi Toliver
Favorite music: Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favorite movie: Oceans 11
Favorite TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite high school class: Calculus
Favorite thing about College Park: “Comcast. Everything about Comcast, and the fans.”
Hobbies: “Shopping. I like to go bowling, go to the movies.”
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “I used to play football ... in seventh grade. I think I was about 12 or 13. I was the only girl. ... It was weird at first, but I was better than all the guys (laughs). So they kind of accepted me as the quarterback. ... I only played for one year because I got serious about basketball.”
Best basketball moment: “Probably beating DFW.” (Editor’s note: Taylor’s Philly Belles AAU squad beat the previously-undefeated Dallas-Fort Worth team in a tournament last summer.)
Role model: “I would say my parents because they work hard and make a lot of sacrifices for me and my brother.”
Why Maryland? “It fit me overall. I was comfortable when I went down there. I love the coaching staff, my teammates, the style of play, the academics. It just was the perfect school and I felt really at home.”

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February 9, 2009

Meet Nick Klemm

Nick Klemm didn't want to withdraw his commitment from Boston College.

"I'm a man that likes to stick to my word," said Klemm, an offensive tackle who signed with Maryland last Wednesday.

But when Eagles coach Jeff Jagodzinski was fired after interviewing for the New York Jets job, Klemm had no choice but to consider his options. Ultimately, Jagodzinski's dismissal and the departure of BC offensive line coach Jack Bicknell to the New York Giants, led Klemm to a school he liked even better.

"The coaching turnover led me to go explore other options," Klemm said. "When I saw Maryland, I had something to compare [Boston College] to. The coaching turnover really didn’t have much of an impact. It was more of the comfort level [at UM]."

Here's an introduction to Klemm.

Name: Nick Klemm
Birthdate: April 1, 1991
Birthplace: Marietta, Ga.
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Height: 6’7
Weight: 280
Position: Offensive lineman
High School: Wheeler High School
Senior statistics: N/A
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars. Scout.com -- Two stars.
Bench max: 325
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Boston College
Other schools considered: Wake Forest, Purdue, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Brett Favre
Favorite NFL team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Alan Jackson
Favorite book: Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Favorite movie: Billy Madison
Favorite TV show: My Name is Earl
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: International business
Favorite thing about College Park: “The campus life.”
Other high school sports: Baseball
Hobbies: Automotives, hunting and fishing
Intended major: Business; finance or accounting
Something that not many people know about you: “Not many people know [my family is all] from Wisconsin. I was born down in Georgia but my parents are from Menomonee Falls, WI. ... We’re probably the only ones [in our family] that don’t live in Wisconsin."
Best football moment: “Beating the No. 1-ranked team in Georgia (Roswell High School) my sophomore year."
Role model: “My father. He’s always giving me good advice about life and how to live it.”
Why Maryland? “Let’s start with the relationships with [offensive line] coach [Tom] Brattan and Coach [Ralph] Friedgen. I got along very well with them. The whole team was very welcoming and I fit in with a bunch of the guys. The campus life and the surrounding area is great. ... The academics and business program [were important]. Overall the academics are very good at Maryland. And that’s all I need."

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January 31, 2009

Meet C.J. Brown

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Clark David Brown Jr.
Birthdate: June 27, 1991
Birthplace: Troy, Mich.
Hometown: Cranberry Township, Pa.
Nicknames: C.J.
Height: 6’3
Weight: 190
Position: Quarterback
High School: Seneca Valley (Pa.) High School
Senior statistics: 149-of-269 for 2,154 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. 640 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 131 carries
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 17 dual-threat quarterback, No. 14 player in Pennsylvania. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 67 quarterback.
Bench press: 260
40-yard dash: 4.58
Runner-up: Penn State or Michigan State
Other schools considered: Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Stanford, Boston College
Favorite NFL player: Tom Brady
Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Akon
Favorite book: Friday Night Lights
Favorite movie: Step Brothers
Favorite TV show: Lost
Favorite food: Mexican
Favorite high school class: Newspaper
Favorite thing about College Park: “The weather and probably the atmosphere."
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: "I like to play golf, play cards with some friends, hang out."
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “I can hit a golf ball 300 yards.”
Best football moment: “Probably throwing my first touchdown pass my sophomore year in a varsity game.”
Role model: “My parents just because they're always there for me and always setting the right example."
Why Maryland? “Just because of the coaches. I mean, we just got along so well. They have great academics and that’s what I was really looking for. And they have a great football program and it wasn’t too far away from home.”

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January 29, 2009

Meet Darin Drakeford

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Darin Drakeford
Birthdate: July 5, 1991
Birthplace: Washington DC
Hometown: Washington DC
Nicknames: Drake
Height: 6’1
Weight: 215
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Theodore Roosevelt (D.C.) High School
Senior statistics: 91 solo tackles, 33 assists and 14 sacks. 768 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns on 37 carries. 22 receptions for 422 yards and four touchdowns
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 77 outside linebacker, No. 3 player in DC. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 41 weakside linebacker.
Bench max: 265
40-yard dash: 4.57
Runner-up: Duke
Other schools considered: Pittsburgh, Illinois, Boston College
Favorite NFL player: Marion Barber
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman or Vernon Davis
Favorite music: 2Pac, Biggie, Lil Wayne
Favorite book: The Malcolm X Autobiography
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: “The location.”
Other high school sports: Basketball, track
Hobbies: “Listening to music.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “Growing up I played the trumpet. Another thing is until my junior year of high school, I always thought I’d be in college playing basketball.”
Best football moment: "I’d have to say there’s two. My first hit, I made the running back fumble, and my last hit, when I sacked the quarterback on Homecoming my senior year. It was like a really big hit and the quarterback, at the last minute, saw me coming. And he started going down [before I could hit him full on]. My first hit was one of the best hits of my career.”
Role model: “I would say my coach [Daryl Tilghman]. He always told me to never be scared to ask people things. He said the worst thing people could say was 'no.' He never bites his tongue or is afraid to ask something. I admire him for that.”
Why Maryland? “I thought about things outside of football. That’s what ultimately made me decide on Maryland. The location and the graduation rates [were important factors]. After you graduate, you can come right back to Washington DC and get a high-paying job right out of college.”

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January 28, 2009

Meet Avery Graham

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Avery Graham
Birthdate: Jan. 8, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Originally from Baltimore, now lives in Clarksburg
Nicknames: None
Height: 5’10
Weight: 195
Position: Defensive back
High School: Clarksburg High School
Senior statistics: 84 tackles, three sacks and four interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). 620 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 51 carries. Nine receptions for 87 yards and two touchdowns.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 69 cornerback, No. 5 fastest cornerback. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 105 running back.
Bench max: 265
40-yard dash: 4.23
Other schools considered: “It was Maryland all the way. A lot of schools were contacting me, but I always liked the Terps. I’m from Baltimore and I wanted to stay near my brother. I didn’t consider other schools. I had other offers, but it was Maryland all the way.”
Favorite NFL player: Ed Reed
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite movie: Boyz n the Hood
Favorite TV show: House
Favorite food: Chicken fingers
Favorite high school class: Science
Favorite thing about College Park: “Probably the Gossett team house.”
Other high school sports: Indoor and outdoor track
Hobbies: “Playing video games, taking care of my animals, going to the animal farm with my boys.”
Intended major: Animal science
Something that not many people know about you: “A lot of people don’t know I like animals. They don’t see that I’m the type that would like animals, but I’ve been raising animals all my life. I have birds, I have a macaw and a horse, a lot of dogs and goats and cows. I live on a farm out here. I also did something called arabbing in Baltimore. We got on the carriage with a horse and we’d sell fruit. I used to do that when I was younger.”
Best football moment: “It definitely has to be when we played Watkins Mill High School. It was a really muddy game and a hard-hitting game because we were rivals. It was our last game of the [regular] season last year. But we were playing for this little bowl. We went to four overtimes. The game was so long, but I scored the winning touchdown on a 44 counter. [The win gave us a] 10-0 record.”
Role model: “It’s got to be my mom because she gives me lots of inspiration. I don’t live with my mom anymore, but she lets me know where I come from and [tells me to not] forget where I come from.”
Why Maryland? “Because for one, if I maintain a 2.5 [grade-point average] they’ll let me run track and that was kind of my first sport. That was one of the main reasons I got a football scholarship -- because of my speed. But it was close to home and close to all my support people. I want to stay near my brother (9) who lives in Baltimore. And I just love Maryland football. And they have my major, which is animal science. It’s an agricultural school, so it’s the best thing to do. And looking at Maryland historically, a lot of their defensive backs go to the NFL. That’s definitely an opportunity for me to be in the best situation.”

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January 27, 2009

Meet David Mackall

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: David Mackall
Birthdate: March 20, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Nicknames: “My family calls me Mookie.”
Height: 6’3
Weight: 230
Position: Leo
High School: Edmondson-Westside High School
Senior statistics: 91 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 15 strongside defensive end, No. 9 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 83 defensive end.
Bench max: 335
40-yard dash: 4.7
Runner-up: Georgia
Other schools considered: Clemson, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Julius Peppers
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Kanye West
Favorite book: The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: World history
Favorite thing about College Park: “My favorite thing about College Park is the chemistry that the team has. When I went up there for my official visit, everybody stuck together and interacted with each other like they were family. You wouldn’t have people sitting apart; everyone was together. And I noticed that was different than a lot of other schools.”
Other high school sports: Basketball for two years, lacrosse for three years.
Hobbies: “I like to draw, I like to ride dirt bikes and play video games.”
Intended major: Business management, sports management and finance
Something that not many people know about you: “A lot of people think I’m just a mean person, like I ain’t got no type of heart or I’m not outgoing. But when a lot of people meet me, they see I’m a funny guy. The only time I’m serious is when I get out on the football field.”
Best football moment: “I was in [a rec football league], playing for a team called the Hamilton Tigers. We were undefeated and it was a game that we had to win to go to the championship. When I was at rec, I played tight end, running back; I played it all. So we spread it out and coach told me to go long and I caught the winning touchdown to get to the championship. We went 13-0 and we won the championship. That was my favorite moment.”
Role model: “My mother because she’s a strong lady and she showed me since I was younger that through hard times, things are going to get better if you keep working hard and wait it out. She’s been out there for me ever since I was born.”
Why Maryland? “Maryland was the best fit for me because ... it’s near home and I’m a home person. I don’t want to be that far from my family. On another level, there’s a coach up there by the name of Jemal Griffin (Maryland’s Director of Football Operations). He was my high school coach [at Woodlawn]. Me and him had a great connection and I feel he’s going to look out for me. The Leo position that they’re recruiting me for, I feel that’s the best position because I’m the type of player that can stand up and rush the passer and do all that type of stuff.”

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January 26, 2009

Meet L.A. Goree

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Lorne Goree Jr.
Birthdate: Aug. 16, 1991
Birthplace: Washington DC
Hometown: Bowie
Nicknames: L.A.
Height: 6’2
Weight: 210
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: C.H. Flowers High School
Senior statistics: 90 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries (one returned for a touchdown). Six catches for 140 yards and two scores.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 47 outside linebacker. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 35 weakside linebacker.
Bench max: 275
40-yard dash: 4.58
Runner-up: West Virginia
Other schools considered: Illinois, East Carolina, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Troy Polamalu
Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite all-time Terp: Domonique Foxworth
Favorite music: Jay-Z, Juelz Santana
Favorite book: Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter
Favorite movie: Drumline
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Favorite food: Shrimp
Favorite high school class: Financial literacy
Favorite thing about College Park: “Proximity.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: “I like to go out with friends, go to the mall or whatever, party.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “Some people call me L-Boogie because I’m crazy and I like to party and stuff. Everybody calls me L-Boogie when I’m doing funny stuff or whatever.”
Best football moment: “In my first (junior) year at Flowers, it was the first game (against Bladensburg) and I caught an interception that turned the game around. And we won that game.”
Role model: “I guess it would have to be my father because he’s a very strong person on the inside. You’ll never see him sweat nothing.”
Why Maryland? “I think it was just that feeling mostly. I got a good vibe. When I went to other schools, I didn’t feel at home. When I was at Maryland, I felt like this was the place I needed to be and I like the area. I’m a Maryland boy.”

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January 25, 2009

Meet Dexter McDougle

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Dexter McDougle
Birthdate: April 8, 1991
Birthplace: Woodbridge, Va.
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va.
Nicknames: Dexter Doogie
Height: 5’11
Weight: 180
Position: Defensive back
High School: Stafford (Va.) Senior High School
Senior statistics: 97 tackles and six interceptions. 48 receptions for 885 yards and 11 touchdowns. 457 yards rushing and nine touchdowns on 76 carries.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 76 athlete. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 63 safety.
Bench max: 240
40-yard dash: 4.5
Runner-up: South Carolina
Favorite NFL player: Hines Ward
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Jay-Z
Favorite movie: Friday
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite high school class: Weightlifting
Favorite thing about College Park: “There’s a lot of things to do. It’s in a big metropolitan area. I just like how it’s close to DC. Everything is bunched together and there’s always something to do.”
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: “I just like to chill with my friends.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m kind of quiet. I’m kind of shy at first, but then I open up.”
Best football moment: “Probably winning the Bell this year. It’s a rivalry game [with North Stafford] and we play for a big bell. I had about four touchdowns that game.”
Role model: “My father. He’s a hard worker and a dedicated man who cares about his family. He taught me a lot.”
Why Maryland? “They’ve got good academics, good facilities, a good football team and coaches who care about you as a person and not just as a player.”

Click here for a recap of McDougle’s senior season.

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January 24, 2009

Meet D.J. Adams

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Name: D’wayne Adams Jr.
Birthdate: Sept. 27, 1990
Birthplace: Atlanta
Hometown: Atlanta
Nicknames: D.J.
Height: 5’10
Weight: 212
Position: Running back
High School: Norcross (Ga.) High School
Senior statistics: 1,584 yards and 14 touchdowns on 257 carries
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 29 running back, No. 22 player in Georgia. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 62 running back.
Bench max: 375
40-yard dash: 4.48
Runner-up: LSU
Other schools considered: Cal, Clemson, Notre Dame
Favorite NFL player: Brian Dawkins
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Young Dro, Ludacris
Favorite book: Of Mice of Men by John Steinbeck
Favorite movie: Blue Streak
Favorite TV show: 24
Favorite food: Chinese food
Favorite high school class: Sociology
Favorite thing about College Park: “Just the people, the atmosphere.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: Piano
Intended major: Journalism
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a sister that’s 13 years younger than me.”
Best football moment: “Probably my sophomore year scoring the winning touchdown in double overtime against Grayson.”
Role model: “Probably my grandfather because of his leadership and his commitment to family.”
Why Maryland? “It was just the best place for me both academically and athletically. The coaches were great. I met some of the players and everybody was great. It just feels like the place I want to be.”

Click here for a recap of Adams’ senior season.

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January 22, 2009

Meet Caleb Porzel

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Name: Caleb Porzel
Birthdate: April 26, 1991
Birthplace: Salisbury
Hometown: Salisbury
Nicknames: C.P.
Height: 5’8
Weight: 180
Position: Running back
High School: Good Counsel
Senior statistics: 1,152 yards and 16 touchdowns on 121 carries, nine catches for 81 yards and one score and two punt returns for touchdowns
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 15 all-purpose back, No. 10 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 14 running back.
Bench max: 285
40-yard dash: 4.21
Other schools considered: West Virginia, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Syracuse, Richmond.
Favorite NFL player: Clinton Portis (current), Sean Taylor (former)
Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins
Favorite all-time Terp: LaMont Jordan
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: Law and Order
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Sign language
Favorite thing about College Park: “The campus and the people that are there. They’re just really cool. And I already made a whole bunch of friends there already.”
Other high school sports: Track and field (Porzel runs the 100, 200, 4x200 and 4x100).
Hobbies: “Listening to music, hanging out with friends.”
Intended major: Kinesiology and communications
Something that not many people know about you: “I’d say that I’m adopted. Not many people know about that.”
Best football moment: “I’d say my freshman year, I think it was our first home game at Wheaton. We were playing Georgetown Prep and I scored all four touchdowns and returned an interception 90-some yards”.
Role model: “I’d say [Good Counsel linebacker] Jelani [Jenkins]. Not only is he one of my best friends, but he’s also a role model to me because he’s got close to a 4.0 [grade-point average] almost every quarter, which is something I strive for. He’s someone I look up to.”
Why Maryland? “It’s just close to home and close for my family to come and watch me play without having to travel.”

Click here for a recap of Porzel’s senior season.

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January 21, 2009

Meet DeOnte Arnett

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Name: DeOnte Arnett
Birthdate: Dec. 10, 1991
Birthplace: Washington DC
Hometown: Capitol Heights
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’4
Weight: 250
Position: Defensive end
High School: Forestville Military Academy
Senior statistics: 59 tackles, 13 sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 6 strongside defensive end, No. 93 player in the country, No. 2 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 22 defensive end.
Bench max: 305
40-yard dash: 4.8
Other schools considered: Georgia, Ohio State.
Favorite NFL player: Retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite music: Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Jay-Z
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite food: Chicken
Favorite high school class: World history
Favorite thing about College Park: “The location.”
Other high school sports: Swimming, track
Hobbies: “Playing video games, going to the movies, hanging out with other teammates.”
Intended major: Civil engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “Most people probably don’t know that I’m a [Prince George’s] County champion in swimming in the 100-meter freestyle.”
Best football moment: “Crab Bowl.” (Arnett was named Most Valuable Lineman at the Maryland Crab Bowl in December).
Role model: “Probably my mother because no matter what, she has always been a hard worker and she always reached her goals no matter what. Even though time may not be on her side, she wouldn’t let it deter her [in reaching her] goal.”
Why Maryland? “Number one, they have a great engineering program. Number two, their football program is phenomenal. There’s so much young talent. They’re short on defensive ends also, and it’s just a great, great school overall. I don’t know how better to explain it.”

Click here for a recap of Arnett’s senior season.

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January 19, 2009

Meet Ryan Donohue

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Ryan Donohue
Birthdate: Dec. 2, 1990
Birthplace: Rockland County, N.Y.
Hometown: Stony Point, N.Y.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’2
Weight: 225
Position: Inside linebacker
High School: St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J.
Senior statistics: 135 tackles, one sack, one interception. 32 carries for 153 yards and three touchdowns. Six receptions for 53 yards and one touchdown.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 75 inside linebacker, No. 20 player in New Jersey. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 60 middle linebacker.
Bench max: 330
40-yard dash: 4.6
Runner-up: Rutgers or Boston College
Other schools considered: Miami, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Penn State, Akron
Favorite NFL player: Ray Lewis
Favorite NFL team: Atlanta Falcons
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Ludacris
Favorite book: Inside the Helmet: My Life as a Sunday Afternoon Warrior by Michael Strahan and Jay Glazer
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite TV show: Hard Knocks on HBO
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Sports medicine
Favorite thing about College Park: “I just like the whole environment. I’m from New York and the weather [in College Park] is a little bit nicer. It’s really clean and it just feels like family.”
Other high school sports: “Basketball for two years. Might throw shot put this year.”
Hobbies: Lifting weights, playing video games
Intended major: Kinesiology
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a strong interest in cars, quads, outdoor sports.”
Best football moment: “When we won the state championship this year.”
Role model: “My role model is probably Reggie Bush because he’s got all the fame and glory and all that money, but he does all that charity work in New Orleans and a lot of people don’t know that about him.”
Why Maryland? “I went to visit a lot of schools and spent a lot of time at camps. They all tried to sell their schools, but I felt like all the other schools [besides Maryland] were fake. [The Maryland coaches] just told me what I would do. It felt like a family; a family away from home.”

Click here for a recap of Donohue's senior season.

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January 18, 2009

Meet Marcus Whitfield

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Name: Marcus Whitfield
Birthdate: Dec. 15, 1990
Birthplace: St. Louis, Mo.
Hometown: Germantown
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’3
Weight: 215
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Northwest High School
Senior statistics: 39 tackles, nine tackles for loss, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. 25 receptions for 372 yards and three touchdowns. Four carries for 97 yards. 16 punts for a 28.5-yard average.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 84 outside linebacker. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 63 strongside linebacker.
Bench max: 280
40-yard dash: 4.48
Other schools considered: West Virginia, East Carolina, Buffalo, James Madison, Richmond, Akron, Army
Favorite NFL player: Antonio Gates
Favorite NFL team: St. Louis Rams
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane
Favorite book: The Autobiography of Malcolm X
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Anything
Favorite high school class: Sociology
Favorite thing about College Park: “The football complex and it’s a real nice campus. And the stadium.”
Other high school sports: Indoor and outdoor track
Hobbies: “Playing basketball, playing other sports other than football.”
Intended major: Undecided but leaning toward sports medicine
Something that not many people know about you: “Probably that I eat a lot and don’t gain any weight.”
Best football moment: “Probably the whole experience of going through the recruiting process.”
Role model: “My father because he’s always been coaching me since I’ve been growing up, no matter what sport it is. Basketball, football, track, whatever.”
Why Maryland? “The academic programs they had and how they basically are family. [The UM staff was] great to my family and my family loved them. It was just the best decision for me and my family.”

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January 17, 2009

Meet Avery Murray

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Name: Avery Murray
Birthdate: Sept. 7, 1990
Birthplace: Florence, S.C.
Hometown: Florence, S.C.
Height: 6’1
Weight: 215
Position: Linebacker
High School: West Florence (S.C.) High School
Senior statistics: 105 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions. 334 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 42 weakside linebacker.
Bench max: 315
40-yard dash: 4.56
Other schools considered: Buffalo, Clemson, South Carolina
Favorite NFL player: Brian Dawkins
Favorite NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, Outkast
Favorite book: A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Favorite movie: Friday
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: “The environment and the diversity.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: “Watching movies, playing Madden, listening to music.”
Intended major: “I’m leaning toward physical therapy.”
Something that not many people know about you: “I almost broke my neck jumping on a trampoline.”
Best football moment: “Being at the Shrine Bowl (South Carolina vs. North Carolina high school football all-star game) when one of the kids from the Shriners Hospital walked on the field.”
Role model: “My mom because she just paves the way for me and showed me all the right things to do.”
Why Maryland? “I like being around different communities and I like the different coaches. I always wanted to go to Maryland. It was either [South Carolina] or Maryland. I liked the environment.”

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January 15, 2009

Meet Nick Ferrara

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Name: Nick Ferrara
Birthdate: April 24, 1991
Birthplace: Syosset, N.Y.
Hometown: Hicksville, N.Y.
Nicknames: Nicker the Kicker (“It wasn’t really by choice.”)
Height: 6’1
Weight: 195
Position: Kicker
High School: St. Anthony’s (N.Y.) High School
Senior statistics: 14 of 16 field-goal attempts (including a 47-yarder) and 46 of 48 extra points
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars. Scout.com -- Two stars.
Bench max: 245
40-yard dash: 4.9
Other schools considered: Michigan, Tennessee, South Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, Georgia, LSU
Favorite NFL player: Adam Vinatieri (“That guy’s automatic.”)
Favorite NFL team: New York Jets (“It’s been rough.”)
Favorite all-time Terp: Nick Novak
Favorite music: “Billy Joel, Rascal Flatts, P. Diddy. Pretty much everything.”
Favorite book: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Favorite movie: Billy Madison
Favorite TV show: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Favorite food: Chicken cutler with mashed potatoes
Favorite high school class: Western civilization
Favorite thing about College Park: “Pretty much the environment. Coming from a city atmosphere [in New York] and [College Park being] between D.C. and Baltimore [is a plus]. So I kind of get that feeling that I’m in the city.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: Water sports, pickup basketball, watching movies
Intended major: Business marketing
Something that not many people know about you: “I don’t get rattled easy. My friends and family know that. From a football aspect, I stay laidback at all times. Nothing really gets to me. Another thing is that I’m very big into helping out kids with special needs. My cousin, he’s got autism and I really like helping out.”
Best football moment: “[It was the] championship game last year, down by four and a snap went over my head to the goal line. Our snapper snaps like 50 yards over my head, so I had to run back, juked out some guys and punted it for 60 yards to get us back in the game.”
Role model: “Probably my dad. He’s always teaching me how nothing ever comes easy and you always have to work for something in order to get it. I wouldn’t be where I am now without him.”
Why Maryland? “It’s like a family environment. My sister goes to Towson ... so I’m really close to my family. Also I just like how the coaches treated me when I got on campus. When you’re a kicker, you’re not exactly the top prospect on the list. But when I got to Maryland they made me feel like I was like [any other top recruit], so that was good. Also my recruiter, coach [Dave] Sollazzo, he’s one of the best guys I know. He’s awesome.”

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January 12, 2009

Meet Danny O'Brien

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Name: Danny O'Brien
Birthdate: Sept. 26, 1990
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minn.
Hometown: St. Paul, Minn.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6-3
Weight: 195
Position: Quarterback
High School: East Forsyth (N.C.) High School
Senior statistics: 117-for-235 passing for 1,640 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. 780 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 160 carries.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 37 pro-style quarterback, No. 25 player in North Carolina. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 57 quarterback
Bench max: 245
40-yard dash: 4.64
Other schools considered: Virginia, Wake Forest, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina
Favorite NFL player: Peyton Manning
Favorite NFL team: Minnesota Vikings
Favorite all-time Terp: Boomer Esiason
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Coldplay
Favorite book: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite food: Chili
Favorite high school class: U.S. History
Favorite thing about College Park: “I just love the area. It’s in between D.C. and Baltimore. I just love the overall atmosphere and area.”
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: “Besides training and lifting and running, just hanging out with friends and relaxing when I’m not doing sports.”
Intended major: Business management
Something that not many people know about you: “I go fishing more than the average guy.”
Best football moment: “I would say beating our rival school Glenn 49-7 this year.”
Role model: “I would say Peyton Manning again just because of his work ethic. He’s not the most physically gifted athlete, but he just works so hard and that’s why he’s successful.”
Why Maryland? “I just like the direction of everything going on up there. [UM offensive coordinator and quarterbacks] coach [James] Franklin is a great guy and so is coach [Ralph] Friedgen. And I just established a lot of good relationships with the players coming up there and the coaches.”

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January 11, 2009

Meet Bradley Johnson

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Name: Bradley Johnson
Birthdate: Sept. 25, 1991
Birthplace: Richmond, Va.
Hometown: Amelia, Va.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’1
Weight: 210
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Dinwiddie (Va.) High School
Senior statistics: 124 tackles, five tackles for loss, five pass breakups, four interceptions, two fumble recoveries
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 22 outside linebacker, No. 22 player in Virginia. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 57 weakside linebacker
Bench max: 300
40-yard dash: 4.7
Runner-up: Virginia Tech
Other schools considered: West Virginia, South Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Richmond
Favorite NFL player: LaDainian Tomlinson
Favorite NFL team: None
Favorite all-time Terp: E.J. Henderson
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Favorite movie: The Longest Yard starring Adam Sandler
Favorite TV show: The Simpsons
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Government
Favorite thing about College Park: “The people.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: “During the summer I like to fish.”
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m terrified of spiders.”
Best football moment: “[Making an] interception at Hopewell last year. It was my first interception.”
Role model: “My mom because she never gives up.”
Why Maryland? “Because I just fell in love with the coaches and the players.”

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January 10, 2009

Meet Justin Anderson

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Name: Justin Anderson
Birthdate: Jan. 22, 1991
Birthplace: Columbia, S.C.
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Height: 6’5
Weight: 254
Position: Defensive line
High School: Blythewood (S.C.) High School
Senior statistics: 34 solo tackles, 17 assists, two sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick
Rankings: Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 170 defensive end.
Bench max: 340
40-yard dash: 4.9
Other schools considered: Marshall, Toledo, Georgia Tech
Favorite NFL player: DeMarcus Ware
Favorite NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Kirk Franklin, Lil Wayne
Favorite book: The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: The Boondocks
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The atmosphere … when I came to watch the Georgia Tech game.”
Hobbies: “Listening to music, helping out with the [Fellowship of Christian Athletes], doing leadership at my school on how important it is to get your grades in order to move onto the next level.”
Intended major: Sports medicine
Something that not many people know about you: “Growing up I wanted to be a gospel singer. … I sing a lot, but not as much as I did when I was young.”
Best football moment: “When we won the state championship my sophomore year.”
Role model: “I would say my (defensive line) coach, Preston Thorne. He played football for the University of South Carolina. He’s an honest guy. He speaks the truth. He helped me out so much with my recruiting process. He’s an honest person and he does the right things. You can talk to him about anything. He’s been through a lot and knows a lot about football.”
Why Maryland? “When we got up there, [the UM staff stressed academics]. That’s what really got to my family. They showed us the tutoring center, the graduation rates, how everyone would be assigned a tutor freshman year, how academics are a big thing. They stressed that grades were the main thing. [The UM coaches said], ‘that’s what we want out of everyone. We want to see you succeed in the classroom and that will translate on the football field.’ If you’re disciplined in the classroom, you’ll be disciplined on the football field.”

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January 8, 2009

Meet Pete deSouza

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Name: Pete deSouza
Birthdate: Oct. 14, 1990
Birthplace: San Francisco, Calif.
Hometown: Silver Spring
Nicknames: Big Pete or Iggy
Height: 6’7
Weight: 320
Position: Offensive tackle
High School: DeMatha
Senior statistics: N/A
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 60 offensive tackle, No. 18 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 69 offensive tackle.
Bench max: 335
40-yard dash: 5.3
Other schools considered: West Virginia, Rutgers, Virginia, Syracuse, Akron, Boston College, Miami, North Carolina.
Favorite NFL player: Albert Haynesworth (current), Jonathan Ogden (former)
Favorite NFL team: San Francisco 49ers
Favorite all-time Terp: Boomer Esiason
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, TI
Favorite book: The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite high school class: Psychology
Favorite thing about College Park: “The fact that it’s near my house. It’s like 20 minutes away from my house. And I also heard there’s a rock-climbing spot in College Park. I want to check that out.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: “I like watching a lot of movies, playing video games, playing basketball.”
Intended major: Psychology or communications
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a really nice guy. I’m laidback, chilled.”
Best football moment: “Winning the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] championship my senior year.”
Role model: “My mom because she’s been there since day one and she’s helped me grow up. She’s helped me in tough times and in good times. I had coaches that helped me out, but she was really there.”
Why Maryland? “It was home. It was also the fact that I was comfortable there. I had a relationship with the coaches. I didn’t have a bond with the other coaches like I did with the coaches from Maryland.”

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January 7, 2009

Meet Dave Stinebaugh

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Name: Dave Stinebaugh
Birthdate: Feb. 20, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’4
Weight: 212
Position: Tight end
High School: Perry Hall
Senior statistics: 45 receptions for 632 yards and nine touchdowns. 75 tackles, seven interceptions (one returned for TD), seven pass breakups and five fumble recoveries (two returned for TDs).
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 64 athlete. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 56 tight end.
Bench max: 265
40-yard dash: 4.5
Runner-up: UConn or Wake Forest
Other schools considered: Rutgers, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Ed Reed
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite music: Eminem, rock and rap
Favorite movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: Chemistry
Favorite thing about College Park: “The atmosphere.”
Other high school sports: Basketball, lacrosse
Hobbies: Working on cars, going to car shows
Intended major: Kinesiology
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a big family-oriented guy, when it comes to my family and my teammates.”
Best football moment: “The biggest one is last year in the first round of the playoffs, I caught the game-winning touchdown pass with about 40 seconds left in the game against North Carroll.”
Role model: “My dad just because a lot of people tell you what to do and they don’t really follow the same stuff, but he leads by example and he’s an all-around great person. He’s done a lot for me and my family.”
Why Maryland? “Just because of the close family atmosphere and how with everyone there, it’s just like one big family.”

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January 5, 2009

Meet Isaiah Ross

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Name: Isaiah Ross
Birthdate: Jan. 24, 1991
Birthplace: Washington D.C.
Hometown: Mitchellville
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’2
Weight: 240
Position: LEO
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt
Senior statistics: 80 tackles, 12.5 sacks
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 65 inside linebacker. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 72 middle linebacker.
40-yard dash: 4.7
Runner-up: Illinois
Other schools considered: Buffalo, NC State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Terrell Owens
Favorite NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite all-time Terp: E.J. Henderson
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Backyard Band
Favorite book: The Bible
Favorite movie: Menace II Society
Favorite TV show: Martin
Favorite food: Soft tacos
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The campus and how big it is. I like big campuses.”
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: Pickup basketball, working out
Intended major: Business management or sports communication
Something that not many people know about you: “I guess I’m a funny dude.” (Click here for video evidence)
Best football moment: “When I made [The Washington Post’s] All-Met [team] and was [Prince George’s County] player of the year. That was huge for me.”
Role model: “I think my parents because they support me in everything I do. They’re strong willed, for as much as they’ve been through. There hasn’t ever been a time they broke down or haven’t come through. Everything thrown at them, they face it and make it through.”
Why Maryland? “[Because of the] family atmosphere, how I will be looking on the depth chart, it’s close to home and I feel comfortable with the coaching staff.”

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January 4, 2009

Meet Eric Franklin

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Eric Franklin
Birthdate: Feb. 12, 1991
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Nicknames: E
Height: 6’3
Weight: 200
Position: Safety
High School: Archbishop Curley
Senior statistics: 80 tackles, seven interceptions. 13 receptions, three touchdowns.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 117 safety.
Bench max: 250
40-yard dash: 4.6
Runner-up: Richmond or Akron
Other schools considered: Duke, Virginia, Bryant, Buffalo
Favorite NFL player: Ed Reed
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens
Favorite all-time Terp: Jack Scarbath (“I went to school with his grandson.”)
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Jay-Z, 50 Cent
Favorite book: Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Favorite movie: Pineapple Express
Favorite TV show: South Park
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The people.”
Other high school sports: Basketball and track
Hobbies: “Hanging out with my friends.”
Intended major: Civil engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a deformed right pinky. When I was positioned in my mom’s belly, my hand was up against the side. So basically I’m missing one bone in my pinky.”
Best football moment: “In rec football I caught a touchdown pass with a minute left in the game that sent us to the championship game in the playoffs. I was 13.”
Role model: “My grandma taught me to be really tough and not complain; basically to suck it up.”
Why Maryland? “I like the people and the engineering program is really great. The football team and the coaching staff are just great people.”

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January 3, 2009

Meet Ryan Schlieper

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Ryan Schlieper
Birthdate: Aug. 18, 1990
Birthplace: Allison Park, Pa.
Hometown: Pittsburgh
Nicknames: Schlieps
Height: 6’6
Weight: 278
Position:Offensive tackle or guard
High School: North Allegheny (Pa.) Senior High School
Senior statistics: N/A
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 89 offensive tackle, No. 34 player in Pennsylvania. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 74 offensive tackle.
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Pittsburgh
Other schools considered: UConn, West Virginia
Favorite NFL player: James Harrison
Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite all-time Terp: E.J. Henderson
Favorite music: Coldplay
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: Seinfeld
Favorite food: Chicken wings
Favorite high school class: History
Favorite thing about College Park: “It’s the nicest college campus I’ve ever been to.”
Other high school sports: “I used to play baseball and basketball.”
Hobbies: Lifting
Intended major: Education
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a religious man. I go to church every week.”
Best football moment: “Beating our archrival (Shaler) all four high school years in a row.”
Role model: “My father. He’s taught me everything I know.”
Why Maryland? “It’s a great academic school and also a really good football school, so it just fit everything I wanted. I wanted [a degree] to look forward to after college. It’s also a great football program.”

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December 31, 2008

Meet Bennett Fulper

This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Bennett Fulper
Birthdate: July 26, 1990
Birthplace: Gretna, Va.
Hometown: Gretna, Va.
Nicknames: Bubba
Height: 6’5
Weight: 295
Position: Center
High School: Gretna High School
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 5.2
Runner-up: Virginia or Liberty
Other schools considered: James Madison, Appalachian State, Virginia Tech, William & Mary
Favorite NFL player: Peyton Manning
Favorite NFL team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite book: Meat Market by Bruce Feldman
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “I liked all the academic opportunities at Maryland and I like the football."
Other high school sports: Track and field (shot put and disc)
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, pickup basketball
Intended major: Engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “I like to play ping pong. [Maryland fans] probably don’t know that.”
Best football moment: “Winning the state championship last year. We beat Gate City.”
Role model: “Probably my father just because he’s a hard worker and has always been there for me. He pushes me to do well in everything I do.”
Why Maryland? “It’s a good football team and I really like the coaches. I felt I had a connection with all of them. And I really like the academic opportunities they had.”

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November 12, 2008

Meet Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams was looking for a school with a fervent and supportive fan base in college, much like the one he’s grown accustomed to at Torrington (Conn.) High School.

Williams found what he was looking for during a September visit to College Park.

“I was with Sean Mosley and Landon Milbourne,” Williams said. “[No. 2] Maryland played [No. 1] Wake Forest in a soccer game and the whole fan base was just crazy. I couldn’t believe it. It was awesome; the support [Maryland had at the] soccer game. It was pouring rain outside and the place was packed, so I can only imagine what it’s like indoors [for basketball games].”

It wasn’t until this summer that Williams emerged as a legitimate high-major prospect. Several standout performances with the New England Playaz AAU team opened the eyes of coaches across the country. Williams still can’t believe how quickly his basketball fortunes changed.

“It’s a dream come true for me. ... I didn’t think in the beginning of the summer I’d be in this situation,” Williams said. “People were telling me I had what it takes, but it still hasn’t hit me that I’m signing Thursday. I have worked hard and it’s a great opportunity. ... It’s really not hit me at all. I’m still waiting for someone to wake me up.”

Here’s an introduction to Williams.

Name: Jordan Williams
Birthdate: 10/11/90
Birthplace: Torrington, Conn.
Hometown: Torrington, Conn.
Nickname: J-Will
Height: 6-9
Weight: 240
Position: Power forward
Rankings: Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 16 center. Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 25 power forward, No. 102 player nationally.
High School: Torrington (Conn.) High School
Junior statistics: 28 points, 16 rebounds
Runner-up: St. John’s
Other schools considered: Indiana, Xavier, Villanova, Florida State, Arizona, California, Marquette
Favorite NBA player: Tim Duncan
Favorite NBA team: Boston Celtics
Favorite all-time Terp: Juan Dixon, Steve Francis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Kanye West
Favorite book: The Pursuit of Happyness by Chris Gardner
Favorite movie: The Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Justice
Favorite thing about College Park: “I think the family atmosphere would probably be the best [thing about College Park].”
Hobbies: “I like to fish, hang out with my brother ... play video games.”
Intended major: Criminal justice
Something that not many people know about you: “If I didn’t play basketball, I’d probably do something in music.”
Best basketball moment: “Probably winning the state championship during my freshman year.”
Role model: “Probably my father, just because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have even touched a basketball and wouldn’t even be close to where I am today. Same with my mother.”
Why Maryland? “Because of the basketball, obviously, the Comcast Center is unbelievable and playing in the ACC. But also without a basketball in my hand, criminal justice, which is what I’ll major in, is the No. 1 program in the country. So that just topped it off right there.”

Click here for Torrington coach Tony Turina's take on Williams' commitment.

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November 11, 2008

Meet James Padgett

When Brooklyn, N.Y., power forward James Padgett committed to Maryland in September, the reaction to his choice was surprisingly mixed.

“Some people congratulated me, but there were also haters saying it wasn’t a good idea,” Padgett said. “The ACC is probably the best conference and the ACC is a big-man conference. That’s every night. So they said I probably wouldn’t be able to handle that.”

Padgett, who picked the Terps over offers from Pittsburgh, Providence, St. John’s and West Virginia, said those who doubt his ability to make an impact in College Park just serve as motivation.

“People are going to criticize you no matter how far you go,” Padgett said. “You just have to take it. Even pros get criticized. ... It’s motivation to prove people wrong.”

Padgett said he’ll likely sign his letter of intent this week during a ceremony at his high school. He keeps in touch with UM assistants Chuck Driesell and Robert Ehsan on a regular basis. Both coaches gave Padgett simple instructions for his senior year.

“Just work hard and I’ll be able to contribute [next year],” Padgett said. “They can see me constantly improving.”

Here’s an introduction to Padgett.

Name: James Padgett
Birthdate: 4/21/91
Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Nicknames: Padge
Height: 6-8
Weight: 220
Position: Power forward
High School: Lincoln (N.Y.) High School
Junior statistics: Approximately 11 points, 10 rebounds per game, according to Lincoln coach Dwayne "Tiny" Morton
Rankings: Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 21 center. Rivals.com -- Three stars.
Runner-up: Pittsburgh
Favorite NBA player: LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul
Favorite music: Ne-Yo, 2Pac, Chris Brown
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite movie: Repos starring Master P
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “It’s like it’s own little city.”
Hobbies: “Basketball, basketball and basketball”
Intended major: Accounting
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a good guy.”
Best basketball moment: “[Winning the] state championship [last season].”
Role model: “Myself.”
Why Maryland? “It’s in the ACC so there’s a lot of exposure. And I feel like I’ll be able to contribute and play soon. I’ve just got to work hard.”

Click here for Morton's take on Padgett's commitment to Maryland.

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November 6, 2008

Meet Essence Townsend

Essence Townsend was searching for a basketball program that felt like family.

When the 6-foot-7 center from Paterson (N.J.) Catholic visited College Park last month, she found what she was looking for. Townsend committed to the Terps before returning to New Jersey.

“It really is like [a family]. I can go to any coach,” Townsend said. “Coach [Brenda Frese] told me she would be there for me regardless of basketball. It’s like those are my sisters already. It’s kind of cool to feel that way about a school when you just met those people.”

Townsend’s mother died when she was in fifth grade. Last year, her great aunt and guardian, Mary Jane Townsend, also passed away. She now lives with her aunt, Glenda Townsend, and her nine-year-old cousin.

Townsend said leaving her aunt behind will be tough. But it’s comforting that she’s going from one family to another, with her aunt’s full support.

“She really likes the school and thinks it was a good fit for me. She can see me being there,” Townsend said. “I spoke to her actually before I committed. And she said she’s behind me 100 percent.”

Here’s an introduction to Townsend.

Name: Essence Townsend
Birthdate: 3/23/90
Birthplace: Paterson, N.J.
Hometown: Paterson, N.J.
Nickname: E
Height: 6’7
Position: Center
High School: Paterson (N.J.) Catholic
Junior statistics: 10.5 points, 10 rebounds and 8.5 blocks
Other schools considered: Pittsburgh, Miami, Seton Hall
Favorite pro basketball player: Lisa Leslie, Candace Parker
Favorite pro basketball team: Los Angeles Sparks
Favorite music: Usher
Favorite book: Forged by Fire by Sharon Draper
Favorite movie: Love and Basketball
Favorite TV show: Lincoln Heights
Favorite food: Soul food
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: Varsity Grille
Hobbies: “I like to play basketball, go shopping and hang out with my friends.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “That I’m afraid of the dark.”
Best basketball moment: “My first dunk in a high school basketball game.”
Role model: “My great aunt, Mary Jane Townsend.”
Why Maryland? “Because it’s a home away from home. I felt welcome there. I felt comfortable.”

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October 14, 2008

Meet Jin Soo Kim

Last month I got an e-mail from a reader named John Lee, asking for my impressions of
Maryland freshman Jin Soo Kim -- Lee’s cousin.

After some back-and-forth with Lee, he offered to relay some questions to Kim, who’s enrolled at UM but still awaiting approval from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

Lee passed the questions along to Kim, who then confirmed his answers to me via e-mail.

While this doesn’t exactly fall under the umbrella of recruiting, here’s a belated introduction to Kim.

Name: Jin Soo Kim
Birthdate: 5/11/89
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Nickname: Jin
Height: 6-8
Weight: 200 pounds
Position: Small forward
High School: South Kent (Conn.) School
Other schools considered: “Maryland was the first and only school I actually visited.”
Favorite pro basketball player: Ray Allen, Tayshaun Prince
Favorite music: “I usually listen to Korean music. I especially like hip-hop and rap.”
Favorite TV show: Prison Break
Favorite food: “I like both American and Korean foods. My favorite American foods are hamburgers and pizza.”
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “I have made many good friends here ... and most importantly, I love the basketball team, because the coaches are great and my teammates treat me very well.”
Hobbies: Listening to music
Intended major: Physical therapy
Something that not many people know about you: “I am somewhat of an introvert, but many people think I am an extrovert because I am active and humorous.”
Best basketball moment: “When I played a high school game on an NBA court for the first time. I was a sophomore, and the game was a tournament in New York. We played at the [Knicks’] home court.
Role model: My parents
Summarize why Maryland was the best fit for you: “The school’s atmosphere and activities on the campus just fit me well.”
How is your shoulder? “My shoulder is a lot better than before. I actually think I can play this year.”
What was the most difficult part about your injury and having surgery? “The process of surgery and rehab was very long for me. The most difficult part was that I could not play basketball. I spent a lot of time doing rehab.”
When and why did you decide to enroll early at Maryland? “I really liked the school and coaching staff. ... Coach Williams and [the] other coaches seemed really enthusiastic about basketball. I felt that Maryland is where I belong.”
Are you excited to get back on the court? “Yes. I am very excited to get back on the court. I know that this season is very important for the Maryland fans and myself, so I am going to work very hard. I just can’t wait for this season.”
What has school and basketball at Maryland been like for you so far? “Both the school life and playing basketball here at Maryland have been great. I study hard at school. And I play basketball with all my energy on the court.”

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August 28, 2008

Meet Steve Goins

Steve Goins has already gotten a taste of life in College Park.

The Maryland power forward recruit spent four weeks on campus earlier this summer as part of the university’s Scholastic Transitions Educational Program (S.T.E.P.).

Goins took courses in English, math and study skills, while also learning the ins and outs of campus living.

“It was like a [pre-college program to] get you acclimated to how life is going to be,” Goins said. “I met a lot of other athletes, not just basketball, but from lacrosse, baseball, football, every other sport. I think it was [very beneficial]. It helped out a lot.”

Goins will be back in College Park before the end of the month. He’s still waiting to be approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse. Once that approval comes, the once-improbable scenario of Goins as a Terp will finally come to fruition.

“I would’ve never thought I could be playing for Maryland a few years ago when I first started playing basketball,” Goins said. “I wasn’t forced into [playing] -- I always liked basketball, but never actually played. But then I started loving to play and got a scholarship offer from Maryland. ... So I’m just enjoying it and taking everything in.”

Here’s an introduction to Goins.

Name: Steve Goins
Birthdate: 7/29/90
Birthplace: Chicago
Hometown: Chicago
Height: 6’9
Weight: 245
Position: Power forward
High School: Curie High School (senior year), Leo Catholic High School (freshman-junior year)
Senior statistics: 14 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks
Runner-up: South Florida or Illinois-Chicago
Favorite pro basketball player: Carmelo Anthony
Favorite pro basketball team: None
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: The Outsiders by Susan E. Hinton
Favorite movie: Friday
Favorite TV show: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Art
Favorite thing about College Park: “When I visited, it was just big, and there’s all types of people there.”
Hobbies: Drawing
Intended major: Computer graphics
Something that not many people know about you: “Last year, my senior year, was my first full year of playing basketball. I actually started playing basketball my freshman year of high school. Sophomore year I didn’t play much, got hurt in the summer and junior year I played a little bit. So senior year was my first full year.”
Best basketball moment: “My first game [as a senior at Curie] I guess. I almost had a triple-double, like one block off of a triple-double.”
Role model: “My mother and my father because they’re always there for me and always hard working, so I just try to work hard at everything I do.”
Why Maryland? “The town and everything was just great. With all the other schools I was looking in to -- Maryland was at the top being in the ACC. It’s a big school and I’ve got a real good opportunity to get a lot of playing time. Once I looked into the academic side, they were pretty good, too.”

Click here for AAU coach Nick Irvin's take on Goins.

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May 21, 2008

Meet Lynetta Kizer

Lynetta Kizer doesn’t expect anything to be handed to her.

After competing for a spot on the USA Basketball Under-18 National Team next month in Colorado Springs, Colo., Kizer will join a Maryland women’s team attempting to replace the contributions of Crystal Langhorne and Laura Harper.

With those departures from the Terps’ frontcourt, playing time appears readily available. But according to Kizer, nothing is a given.

“They didn’t tell me anything as far as starting or anything,” Kizer said. “All the conversations I’ve had with the coaching staff [are about] how hard I work is going to determine the playing time. But they definitely said I was going to get minutes off the bat. But I’m just going to have to work hard to get the starting role with Drey Mingo already there and Demauria Liles coming in, so I’m just going to work hard.”

Since the winter, Kizer has done just that. She said she’s lost 27 pounds, and is getting more excited by the day to suit up for the Terps.

“Sometimes I’m kind of like, ‘I’m ready to go,’ and sometimes it’s like right around the corner, and I have to fill some big shoes,” Kizer said. “But the hard work needs to be put in now, and you can’t stop it from coming. ... I can’t wait.”

Here’s an introduction to Kizer.

Name: Lynetta Kizer
Birthdate: 4/4/90
Birthplace: Fort Belvoir, Va.
Hometown: Woodbridge, Va.
Nickname: Yah-Yah
Height: 6 feet 3
Weight: 232
Position: Power forward, center
High School: Potomac (Va.) High School
Senior statistics: 20.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 3.5 blocks, 2.5 assists and 2 steals per game
Runner-up: Duke or Rutgers
Other schools considered: North Carolina, Virginia
Favorite pro basketball player: Kevin Durant
Favorite pro basketball team: Denver Nuggets
Favorite music: Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z, Kanye West
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite movie: Four Brothers
Favorite TV show: Law and Order
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Math -- Algebra 2
Favorite thing about College Park: “The atmosphere, the coaches and the people.”
Hobbies: “Shopping, hanging out with my friends, listening to music.”
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “I like to write poetry a little bit.”
Best basketball moment: “Beating Stonewall this year. I hit a game-winner to go to regionals.”
Role model: “My mom, pretty much because she works really hard.”
Why Maryland? “I want to say because they’ve kind of been there the whole time with me. They’ve been recruiting me since they showed interest in me in my eighth-grade year. They didn’t just start showing interest when everyone else started recruiting me. And the players have always kept in contact with me and they didn’t hassle me like some of the other colleges did. They kind of gave me my space throughout the whole recruiting process.”

• Click here to read a recap of Kizer's senior season.

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May 15, 2008

Meet Jackie Nared

Reality is setting in for Maryland women's commitment Jackie Nared.

About two months from now, Nared will make the 2,800-mile move from Beaverton, Ore., to College Park to begin her college basketball career.

In anticipation of her transition from high school to college, Nared's been hitting the weight room with Brenda Frese's workout program as her guide.

"I’m getting a little cut," Nared said. "My arms are getting stronger and I’ve gained a couple of pounds. ... It’s hard, but I’ve got to get ready."

Here's an introduction to Nared.

Name: Jacklin Nared
Birthdate: 8/20/90
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Silver Spring and Portland, Ore.
Nickname: Jackie
Height: 6’1
Weight: 150
Position: Forward
High School: Westview
Senior statistics: 23 points, 14 rebounds and four assists
Runner-up: San Diego State
Other schools considered: Gonzaga, Cal, Pepperdine
Favorite pro basketball player: Lisa Leslie
Favorite pro basketball team: Detroit Shock
Favorite music: Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne
Favorite book: The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Favorite movie: Love and Basketball
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Burritos from Chipotle
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: “I just like everything. It seems like a fun place."
Other high school sports: Volleyball (freshman and sophomore)
Hobbies: ""Basketball, shopping, hanging out with friends, going to movies, going bowling."
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “That I like to cook. Breakfast food like pancakes, eggs and bacon.”
Best basketball moment: “Probably my sophomore year when I made the winning shot in a game against Century."
Role model: “My mom, probably, just because she’s a strong person and I just respect her a lot.”
Why Maryland? “Well, my family’s in Maryland. The ACC, it’s big time. Both my parents went there. It's like it was just calling my name when I was on my visit. There’s nowhere else I could want to go."

• Click here to read a profile of Nared.

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April 30, 2008

Meet Tyree Evans

After bouncing around from high school to prep school to junior college, Tyree Evans was looking for a place where he could start fresh and not be continually reminded of his well-documented past.

Enter Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College head coach Bobby Steinburg, who welcomed Evans to spend his sophomore year of junior college with the Bucks.

“Oh man, he was very important in my life,” Evans said of Steinburg. “He scooped me up like an ice cream cone. I turned down (an opportunity to play at Chipola (Fla.) College) for coach Steinburg. [Motlow] wasn’t a major school and they weren’t that great, so I came in, tried to put stuff together, put the puzzle together and we came up with a great year, 28-5. He was a great guy. ... He just inspired my life. He just showed me what was out there.”

Evans, who signed with Maryland two weeks ago, will enroll at College Park this summer, four years after finishing high school in Richmond, Va. Needless to say, it’s been a long wait for Evans.

“I can’t even wait. I think about it all the time,” Evans said. “I’m a very patient guy, but it’s just like my grandma, my family, everybody in Richmond has just been waiting for this day. You have some people wanting to bring you down and a lot of people wanting to see you do right and roll with your dream.”

Here's an introduction to Evans.

Name: Tyree Evans
Birthdate: 1/18/85
Birthplace: Richmond, Va.
Hometown: Richmond, Va.
Nicknames: Ree
Height: 6’3
Weight: 205
Position: Shooting guard
Junior College: Motlow State (Tenn.) Community College
High School: George Wythe High School in Richmond, Va.
Sophomore statistics: 21.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 2.0 assists
Runner-up: Arizona
Other schools considered: Tennessee, Kansas State, Mississippi State, West Virginia
Favorite NBA player: Gilbert Arenas
Favorite NBA team: Washington Wizards
Favorite all-time Terp: Len Bias, Steve Francis
Favorite music: Gucci Mane, Lil Boosie
Favorite book: Only the Strong Survive: The Odyssey of Allen Iverson by Larry Platt
Favorite movie: Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Favorite TV show: The Wayans Bros, The Boondocks
Favorite food: Soul food
Favorite junior college class: Business
Favorite thing about College Park: “Just the people out there. I went out there and fell in love with all the people. I met some of the fans, the staff at the University of Maryland -- it just felt like a second home.”
Other high school sports: Football (wide receiver, cornerback)
Hobbies: “I like to build stuff ... I made this TV stand. We didn’t have a TV stand in our apartment, so I made one out of a couple of wooden legs from an old table and used the top from a table.”
Intended major: “Business and marketing. I want to get into real estate.”
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m an animal lover. I don’t really like cats though, but like reptiles and stuff like that -- exotic animals.”
Best basketball moment: “When I played my cousin (Boston College guard) Tyrese Rice in the opening game of the districts (in high school). I had 51 points. I went like 25 out of 29 and had 31 points the first half.”
Role model: “I look at Allen Iverson as a role model because he came from my same circumstances. He got in trouble, kept on fighting and following his dreams. He never gave up. A lot of people that have a lot of good talent, they just give up as soon as they get out of high school. He’s a fighter. He kept fighting for it like I kept fighting for mine.”
Why Maryland? “Home away from home. It’s like me and (Terps assistant) Chuck Driesell -- there’s a trust thing. We have a great relationship. I’ve known him for at least two years. He always believed in me. And coach [Gary] Williams, he’s a great guy. He believed in me as well, just as the Maryland family did in offering me a scholarship, and I’m going to make them not regret giving me the scholarship because I’m going to bring them something they’ve been missing for a long time.”

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April 17, 2008

Meet Dee Liles

Ending up at Gulf Coast (Fla.) Community College instead of Maryland as a freshman in college became the ultimate blessing in disguise for Dee Liles.

The Terps signee led Gulf Coast to the National Junior College Athletic Association championship, she earned MVP honors at the NJCAA tournament and she was named Junior College Player of the Year.

In addition to the individual and team honors, Liles said her junior college stint will help make her transition to College Park much easier than it would have been two years ago.

"I just feel like I’m way more mature than if I had come [to Maryland] out of high school," Liles said. "I really don’t think I would’ve been ready to step in and fill in the spot as a freshman like I will as a junior."

Here's an introduction to Liles.

Name: Demauria Lilesliles.jpg
Birthdate: 1/13/88
Birthplace: Woodbury, N.J.
Hometown: Suitland
Nickname: Dee
Height: 6’1
Weight: 165
Position: Power forward or center
High School: Riverdale Baptist
Sophomore statistics: 11.1 points and 7.8 rebounds
Runner-up: LSU
Other schools considered: Louisville, South Florida, Georgetown
Favorite pro basketball player: Tamika Catchings
Favorite pro basketball teams: Indiana Fever, Washington Mystics
Favorite music: Cassidy, Jim Jones, Santana
Favorite book: Anything by Zane
Favorite movie: Love and Basketball, The Wood
Favorite TV show: "CSI and all those investigating shows. BET."
Favorite food: “All food ... I like to eat.”
Favorite junior college class: All computer classes
Favorite thing about College Park: “Just the environment. They make me feel very welcome.”
Other high school sports: Volleyball
Hobbies: “I just like to chill with my friends and family and have fun.”
Intended major: Computer programming
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m very, very shy. Once I get to know you then I open up, but when I first meet someone, I tense up.”
Best basketball moment: “I’d have to say summer going into my junior year at AAU nationals (with the Maryland Mystics). That’s when I can say I really started focusing on basketball and I really started to understand that I could really play the sport.”
Role model: “My mother. She’s a single parent and she doesn’t ask nobody for anything. She’s just a strong lady and I want to be just like her when I grow up.”
Why Maryland? “Me and my sister – she runs track -- ever since I was in 8th grade, we’ve been talking about going to Maryland. We’re momma’s girls, so we wanted to stay home."

Bonus quotes

On how difficult it's been being away from home: "Yeah it has been tough. I call my mother every day. Probably every five minutes if I could."

On completing a 36-1 season at Gulf Coast: "It would’ve been a perfect season if we didn’t lose that one game. We know we could’ve been undefeated, but we just had a little down period and lost the game. We knew we could win a national championship and that’s all that matters."

On whether she's bothered by the loss: "No, I’m not bothered. Maybe that game was a learning process, because we were thinking we were unstoppable. But once we lost that game, we bounced back and refused to lose anymore."


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February 5, 2008

Meet Gary Douglas

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Gary Douglas
Birthdate: 12/21/90
Birthplace: San Jose, Calif.
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’0
Weight: 185
Position: Running back
High School: Durham (N.C.) Hillside
Senior statistics: 235 carries for 2,100 yards and 22 touchdowns. 10 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns.
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 46 running back, No. 27 player in North Carolina. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 120 running back.
Bench max: 285
40-yard dash: 4.5
Runner-up: “I wasn’t really thinking about nobody else, really.”
Other schools considered: NC State, Cal
Favorite NFL player: LaDainian Tomlinson
Favorite NFL team: Oakland Raiders
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Favorite movie: Do the Right Thing
Favorite TV show: Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood
Favorite food: “I really don’t have one. I just eat everything.”
Favorite high school class: Biology
Favorite thing about College Park: “Just the atmosphere I guess. It’s just a real cool atmosphere. Seems like everyone’s just fun to be around.”
Other high school sports: Track
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, going to parties and playing basketball
Intended major: Undecided
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m kind of quiet. I keep to myself a lot.”
Best football moment: “Probably my first touchdown on varsity, it was last year. It was actually the first play of the game. We had just gotten the ball, our defense stopped them. And it was for like a 60-some yard run.”
Role model: “My mom because she’s really somebody to look up to. She’s a really hard worker and never gives up on anything.”
Why Maryland? “I guess it’s everything about it. When I visited the first time, I met all the coaches, and all the coaches seemed like they were down to earth. The next time I came up there and met all the players. I can see myself hanging out with all them and having great chemistry. All around, it’s a great place to be.”

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February 3, 2008

Meet Kerry Boykins

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Kerry Boykins
Birthdate: 2/23/90
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Va.
Hometown: Chesapeake, Va.
Nicknames: KB
Height: 6’0
Weight: 195
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va.
Senior statistics: 43 catches for 705 yards and nine touchdowns
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 4.5
Runner-up: Virginia
Other scholarships offered: UNC, NC State, UConn, Virginia Tech
Favorite NFL player: Anquan Boldin
Favorite NFL team: Cincinnati Bengals
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: 50 Cent, Kanye West
Favorite book: The Harry Potter series
Favorite movie: Gridiron Gang
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Algebra
Favorite thing about College Park: “The fan support at the games. It’s crazy. Every game I went to was just so hyped.”
Other high school sports: Track (55 meter hurdles)
Hobbies: Video games
Intended major: Criminal Justice
Something that not many people know about you: “That I want to go into criminal justice. I want to be able to be a factor in making a difference. I want to be an FBI agent.”
Best football moment: “When we won the Eastern region championship game. We played the Salem Sun Devils from Virginia Beach. We won 17-9."
Role model: “My role model -- well, I look up to my mother the most because she’s a single parent and she’s just a strong woman.
Why Maryland? “Maryland was the first to ever start recruiting me and ever start talking to me when I was sophomore, I believe. They were recruiting me and just got my interest.”


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February 2, 2008

Meet Zach Kerr

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Zach Kerr
Birthdate: 8/29/90
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Va.
Hometown: Washington D.C.
Nicknames: Big Zach
Height: 6’2
Weight: 320
Position: Defensive tackle
High School: Quince Orchard
Senior statistics: 40 tackles, four for loss, three sacks
Bench max: 395
40-yard dash: 4.8
Runner-up: Rutgers or Penn State
Other scholarships offered: Illinois, Temple, Nebraska, Minnesota, Eastern Michigan, Ohio
Favorite NFL player: Marcus Stroud
Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: Friday Night Lights by HG Bissinger
Favorite movie: The Program
Favorite TV show: Everything on ESPN
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Forensic science
Favorite thing about College Park: “Probably how close it is to my house.”
Other high school sports: Track, Wrestling (freshman year)
Hobbies: “I just like to listen to music a lot. All types of music, no matter what it is.”
Intended major: Communications
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a mama’s boy.”
Best football moment: “Winning the state championship.”
Role model: “Michael Jordan is my biggest role model. Either him or Muhammad Ali. They overcame a lot throughout their whole careers and they were really good athletes. That’s what I’m trying to be. And I’m overcoming a lot right now.”
Why Maryland? “I figured that Maryland would be the best fit for me because I’m a local guy. They’ve got a good football team for next year and I know I can come and possibly play as a true freshman. And it has a great Communications program also.”

• Click here for a profile of Kerr.

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February 1, 2008

Meet Kenny Tate

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Kenny Tate
Birthdate:
5/15/90
Hometown: Forestville
Nicknames: Six
Height: 6’4
Weight: 215
Position: Wide receiver
High School: DeMatha
Senior statistics: 32 receptions for 489 yards and six touchdowns
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 23 wide receiver, No. 4 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Four stars, No. 16 wide receiver.
Bench max: 250
40-yard dash: 4.49
Runner-up: Illinois
Other scholarships offered: Penn State, Florida, Ohio State
Favorite NFL player: Randy Moss
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite all-time Terp: Dennard Wilson
Favorite music: Aaliyah
Favorite book: Brian’s Song by William Blinn
Favorite movie: The Bodyguard
Favorite TV show: Scooby-Doo, Mickey Mouse, cartoons
Favorite food: Ribs
Favorite high school class: Sports Management
Favorite thing about College Park: “Chipotle. That’s the spot.”
Other high school sports: Basketball, Track
Hobbies: “I actually collect model cars.”
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “At one point I didn’t like to be called Kenny, when I was younger.” (Tate’s given name is Kenneth)
Best football moment: “Winning a championship this year.”
Role model: “Probably my parents just because they work hard every day for me. I can’t even explain how much they do.”
Why Maryland? “One of course is that it’s close to home. Parents, family members and friends can come see me play. The football program is on the rise, academics are one of the best, so I can’t go wrong there.”

• Click here for video of Tate’s announcement.

• Click here for The Sun’s story on Tate’s commitment.

• Bonus quotes from Tate:

On Maryland’s strong in-state class: “I think that’s a good thing because most people like to get away, but when you’re in-state everybody knows you, you went to school with probably a lot of people that are going to attend the same school. All your friends are still there. Most of us know each other, played together or against each other, so it’s a good thing.”

On how it feels to make his commitment: “It feels great now. I wouldn’t say I’m glad it's over, but I’m glad I found a home.”

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January 31, 2008

Meet Davin Meggett

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Davin Meggett
Birthdate: 3/22/90
Birthplace: Upper Marlboro
Hometown: Upper Marlboro
Nicknames: D-Megg
Height: 5’9
Weight: 210
Position: Running back
High School: Surrattsville
Senior statistics: 1,784 yards and 27 touchdowns on 169 carries; Nine receptions for 410 yards and six touchdowns
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 16 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 152 RB.
Bench max: 360
40-yard dash: 4.49
Runner-up: James Madison
Other scholarships offered: Delaware, Old Dominion
Favorite NFL player: Bob Sanders
Favorite NFL team: New Orleans Saints
Favorite all-time Terp: Bruce Perry
Favorite music: Common, Mos Def, Y2K
Favorite book: The Bible and Football Physics by Timothy James Gay
Favorite movie: Double Take starring Eddie Griffin and Orlando Jones
Favorite TV show: The Boondocks on the Cartoon Network
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese, subs
Favorite high school class: AP Government
Favorite thing about College Park: “The energy of the students and just the livelihood, how real they are.”
Other high school sports: Indoor track and outdoor track
Hobbies: Playbooks, making new plays, coming up with blocking schemes and checks
Intended major: Political Science and Education
Something that not many people know about you: “The fact that I don’t really see my father (former New York Giants running back Dave Meggett) much. ... And my name is pronounced Day-vin, not Dah-vin or Duh-vahn.”
Best football moment: “The Gwynn Park game [this season]. The score was about 13-6, we had the ball and the lead. The first play from scrimmage I go 70 yards on the ground for a touchdown. And that was kind of like the back-breaker. I felt good on that one.”
Role model: “My coach, coach [Tom] Green because the way he carries himself throughout every day is amazing. He’s hilarious and he always makes the right decisions. He’s a great guy, probably one of the best men you’ll ever meet in your life.”
Why Maryland? “Great program, some of my family already graduated from there. Close to home. It’s always great playing for the home school and I had the opportunity to do that, so I was going to take it.”

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January 30, 2008

Meet Eteyen Edet

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Eteyen Edet
Birthdate: 12/18/89
Birthplace: Staten Island, N.Y.
Hometown: Staten Island, N.Y.
Nicknames: E.T.
Height: 6’2
Weight: 245
Position: Linebacker
High School: Fort Washington Friendly High School
Senior statistics: 110 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recovery
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 41 middle linebacker.
Bench max: 315
40-yard dash: 4.6
Runner-up: Michigan State or Louisville
Favorite NFL player: Brian Dawkins
Favorite NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite all-time Terp: E.J. Henderson
Favorite music: 50 Cent, Jay-Z
Favorite book: MacBeth by William Shakespeare
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite TV show: Martin
Favorite food: Tofu
Favorite high school class: Psychology
Favorite thing about College Park: “Everything.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: “Lifting weights, hitting the club.”
Intended major: Business or Communications
Something that not many people know about you: “That I’m African. My parents were born in Nigeria.”
Best football moment: “It had to be back at Susan Wagner [High School] in Staten Island where I played [as a freshman and sophomore]. We played against my best friend’s team and I had 16 tackles in the game and in overtime we won the game. It’s the most tackles I ever recorded in a game.”
Role model: “I don’t really have a role model, but I admire my mother so much because of all that she does. I don’t have a father figure and she plays both roles for me.”
Why Maryland? “They just kept it real with me and real straight up and honest. I just felt like everything they were saying was so truthful. They didn’t BS around. They kept it real honest with me. ... And I was grateful.”

• Click here for a profile of Edet.

• Bonus quotes on Edet from Friendly head coach George Earley:

On Edet as a player and person: “He’s a great player. He’s a mature young man. He handled himself well on and off the football field. I wish we had him for another year. He’s a mature young man. He understands he made mistakes coming into high school, but he turned himself around. He’s an honor student and a good kid.”

On Edet’s commitment to Maryland: “I knew he was up for visit [last weekend], but we had no idea they were going to offer him. But once they saw his film, you can’t let your good players get away from the area. They saw an opportunity and took advantage of it. [Some schools] were waiting for his grades to change, but Maryland came right at him. They offered and he accepted. He likes the area, he feels comfortable. They caught his eye and he likes it. That’s the main thing. He’s happy.”

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January 29, 2008

Meet Justin Lewis

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Justin Lewis
Birthdate: 3/3/90
Birthplace: New Haven, Conn.
Hometown: Johnsonville, S.C.
Nicknames: Big Easy
Height: 6’4 1/2
Weight: 315
Position: Offensive guard
High School: Johnsonville
Senior statistics: 36 tackles, one sack, five tackles for loss, nine quarterback pressures and one recovered fumble
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Three stars, No. 61 OG. Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 105 OT
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 5.25
Runner-up: Clemson
Other schools considered: South Carolina, North Carolina State
Favorite NFL player: Ray Lewis
Favorite NFL team: Baltimore Ravens, New York Giants
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Young Dro, Jay-Z, Plies
Favorite book: I Am Third by Gale Sayers
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: Fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Government
Favorite thing about College Park: “There’s so much to do there. It’s not boring.”
Other high school sports: Basketball, Track (shot put and discus, big man relay)
Hobbies: “I rap, I make beats on my computer. I play a lot of video games.”
Intended major: Business management
Something that not many people know about you: “I watch a lot of news. I like knowing current events. I watch a lot of CNN.”
Best football moment: “It would probably have to be when we beat Hemingway my junior season. We hadn’t beat Hemingway in years, so we were the first Johnsonville team in like six or seven years to beat Hemingway in football. They were winning, we drove the whole field and scored and we ended up being up by, I think, five points. They had two minutes to go, drove it in our territory to about the 40 and we just held them from there and beat them.”
Role model: “My mom because she keeps me in line. Even though I sometimes don’t like the stuff she tells me, I know it’s right and I make myself do it.”
Why Maryland? “I enjoy being around the coaches. I like the coaches a lot and I like the environment because it’s like a family. Everyone gets along good and I see how the linemen interact. And they’re a good program overall academically and athletically. It reminds me a lot of Johnsonville and that’s what I want because I love Johnsonville.”

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January 28, 2008

Meet Teddy Dargan

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Teddy Dargan
Birthdate: 1/25/89
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Baltimore
Height: 6’3
Weight: 310
Position: Defensive line
High School: Milford Mill
Senior statistics: 57 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 23 DT, No. 8 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 47 DT.
Bench max: 335
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Tennessee
Other schools considered: Pittsburgh, Virginia, Bowie State
Favorite NFL player: Michael Strahan
Favorite NFL team: Indianapolis Colts
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: None
Favorite movie: History of Violence
Favorite TV show: 48 Hours on CBS
Favorite food: Orange chicken
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: “I like the campus, the dorm rooms, the classrooms.”
Other high school sports: None
Hobbies: “Working (J.C. Penney in the Owings Mills Mall), going to school, really just staying out of trouble.”
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m a very chilled-back dude. Just cool, collected. I like to stay to myself, really.”
Best football moment: “It’s when in my tenth-grade year we almost made it to the states.”
Role model: “My stepfather and [Milford Mill head] coach [Reggie] White. My stepfather because he’s been there for me all this time and he really didn’t have to -- he’s not even my father. Coach White is a role model for me and a good role model for everyone. He could understand what’s going on at home. We’re trying to get where he’s at. He’s a father figure.”
Why Maryland? “I always wanted to go to Maryland when I was young. I just wanted to stay close to home, really. Maryland, it’s a good football program and academic program, so why not?”

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January 27, 2008

Meet Cody Blue

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Cody Blue
Birthdate: 1/31/90
Birthplace: Baltimore
Hometown: Columbia
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’5
Weight: 270
Position: Defensive tackle
High School: Wilde Lake
Senior statistics: 38 tackles and four sacks
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Two stars, No. 19 player in Maryland. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 64 DT.
Bench max: 290
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Illinois
Other schools considered: Connecticut, Boston College, Virginia Tech
Favorite NFL player: Brian Urlacher
Favorite NFL team: Denver Broncos
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: Lord of the Rings
Favorite movie: The Last Samurai
Favorite TV show: True Life on MTV
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: Weight training
Favorite thing about College Park: “The coaches are cool, it’s a good campus and the people are cool.”
Other high school sports: Track and field (shot put)
Hobbies: Hanging out with friends, watching movies, talking on the phone, football
Intended major: Criminal Justice
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m not as scary as I look.”
Best football moment: “It was my first start on varsity and I was only a sophomore, so it was pretty cool because everyone else was older than me. I was the only sophomore on the field.”
Role model: “Probably my mom. She’s a strong person and she’s always been there.”
Why Maryland? “It’s a great team, a great staff and the school has all the support I need for when I start taking classes. It’s close to home and I’ll get the best education there.”

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January 24, 2008

Meet Masengo Kabongo

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Masengo Kabongo
Birthdate: 5/23/90
Birthplace: Lubumbashi, Congo
Hometown: Lubumbashi and Stratford, Conn.
Nicknames: Maska (his middle name)
Height: 6’2 1/2
Weight: 285
Position: Defensive line
High School: Fairfield (Conn.) Prep
Senior statistics: 47 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 8 quarterback knockdowns and 3 forced fumbles
Rankings: Rivals.com -- Four stars, No. 24 DT, No. 2 player in Connecticut. Scout.com -- Three stars, No. 33 DT.
Bench max: 380
40-yard dash: 4.9
Runner-up: Illinois or Florida
Other schools considered: Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Oklahoma, Clemson, Boston College, UConn
Favorite NFL player: Jason Taylor
Favorite NFL team: New England Patriots
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, gospel, African music
Favorite book: Beowulf
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: Chappelle’s Show
Favorite food: African food, sombe’ with rice and chicken
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The University of Maryland. The town itself is not that great, but the school is what’s nice about it. And I like the dorms. The dorms are really nice.”
Other high school sports: Track and basketball (freshman and sophomore years)
Hobbies: Go to movies, play sports, lift, hang out with friends
Intended major: Economics and/or International Business, Engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “Most people don’t know about my personality. They just don’t know the person of Maska.”
Best football moment: “My best football moment was probably my first game as a sophomore and maybe the third play of the game I had a sack.”
Role model: “My father because I consider him to be Superman.”
Why Maryland? “I feel like it would be a great fit for me and I like the location of the school because it’s right in between DC and Baltimore and I’m looking to professionally work at the international level somehow. That will help me, with the location of the school. I love the feeling that I had when I visited there, so I went with it.”

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January 23, 2008

Meet Tyler Bass

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Tyler Bass
Birthdate: 12/20/89
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Hometown: Atlanta
Nicknames: T-Bass
Height: 6’3
Weight: 220
Position: Quarterback
High School: Stockbridge
Senior statistics: 99-of-181 for 1203 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions; 81 carries for 606 yards and 11 touchdowns
Bench max: 315
40-yard dash: 4.6
Runner-up: Louisville
Other scholarships offered: Western Kentucky, Memphis, East Carolina
Favorite NFL player: Wes Welker
Favorite NFL team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman, E.J. Henderson
Favorite music: Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo
Favorite book: The White Fox Chronicles by Gary Paulsen
Favorite movie: Gladiator
Favorite TV show: Naruto on the Cartoon Network, Lost
Favorite food: Deep south food
Favorite high school class: Economics, English
Favorite thing about College Park: “The diversity of the people. You see all types of people there. And then the area, that it’s in between DC and Baltimore.”
Other high school sports: Wrestling, Baseball, Basketball
Hobbies: “Lifting weights and playing 7-on-7 flag football with my older cousin.”
Intended major: Pre-Dentistry or Communications
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m petrified of needles. Those Hypodermic needles -- I’m terrified of those.”
Best football moment: “It came in my junior year and we played the school I went to (Dutchtown) and the coach that never let me play quarterback. I think I ran for like 150 and threw for like 180. And my favorite part of the whole career is when I ran, stiff-armed this guy’s head into the ground and then dove into the end zone.”
Role model: “I have to say my momma, because she’s a strong woman. She’s instilled in me a lot of discipline and put football second and school first. Just looking at her, what a great job she’s done with me and my sister makes me want to be like her when I’m older.”
Why Maryland? “Just the diversity and I looked at the education where, if for some reason football doesn’t work out, a degree from Maryland goes a long way. It means a lot. Also the chance to play against top competition in the ACC.”

Click here for a profile of Bass.

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January 22, 2008

Meet Justin Gilbert

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Justin Gilbert
Birthdate: 11/22/89
Birthplace: Norfolk, Va.
Hometown: Chesterfield, Va.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’6
Weight: 285
Position: Offensive tackle
High School: Richmond (Va.) Monacan
Senior statistics: 22 tackles, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble playing defensive tackle
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 5.0
Runner-up: Virginia Tech
Other scholarships offered: East Carolina, Marshall, Richmond, Liberty, James Madison, VMI
Favorite NFL player: Emmitt Smith
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite all-time Terp: Andrew Crummey
Favorite music: Rodney Atkins, Tim McGraw
Favorite book: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: House
Favorite food: Steak
Favorite high school class: History
Favorite thing about College Park: "Really the college atmosphere. You go around the campus and everyone has Maryland stuff. There's just a lot of Maryland pride. It’s a really good atmosphere."
Other high school sports: Track and field (shot put and discus)
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, lifting
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: "Probably [having] the southern accent."
Best football moment: "Senior Night last year when we beat Manchester, who was ranked eighth in the region. We beat them. We had to win to the go to the playoffs. We pulled through at the very end to win the game. The end of the game, knowing we were going to the playoffs for the first time in eight years [was the best football moment]."
Role model: “My dad, just because he was born in real small town in Pennsylvania, worked his way up and is now one of assistant managers of his power plant now. He worked his way up through all the adversity."
Why Maryland? "The coaching staff would be one of the biggest things. I really like [offensive line] coach [Tom] Brattan and coach [Ralph] Friedgen. Coach Brattan was really close with me and my family. He really cared about my sister and parents. I just like the closeness he and coach Friedgen have with their players and all the other coaches."

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January 21, 2008

Meet Devonte Campbell

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Devonte Campbell
Birthdate: 6/27/89
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Nicknames: Dark Man
Height: 6’2 1/2
Weight: 245
Position: Tight end
High School: Forestville Military Academy
Prep School: Hargrave Military Academy
Senior statistics: 30 receptions for 1,000+ yards and 13 touchdowns
Bench max: 320
40-yard dash: 4.5
Runner-up: Illinois
Other scholarships offered: Tennessee, Georgia Tech
Favorite NFL player: Antonio Gates
Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: Harry Potter
Favorite movie: White Chicks
Favorite TV show: Martin
Favorite food: Quesadillas
Favorite high school class: Gym
Favorite thing about College Park: “Probably the marble turtles, or maybe the big 'M' when you first come in.”
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: Sports, basketball, football, listening to music, lifting weights
Intended major: Business or Family Sciences
Something that not many people know about you: “My first year playing football was my junior year. I was more like a tackling dummy my sophomore year, but junior year was when I actually stepped on the field. I was on the team my sophomore year, but my first real playing experience was my junior year."
Best football moment: “My senior year homecoming I had 200 yards receiving in the game and we beat a team (Potomac) we hadn’t beat in about four years."
Role model: "Probably my coach, [Forestville] coach [Charles] Harley. He’s a father and role model for us on and off the field. As a coach, he gave me good perspective on how to play the game, and off the field I saw how he conducted himself. He was a positive male role model in my life during high school."
Why Maryland? “It fit me because I can play in front of my family. They were my reason for playing in high school. A lot of times I wanted to quit; I didn’t have the motivation. But thinking about them made me become better because of their belief [in me]. And I get homesick really easy and [Maryland] had everything right there, so why leave?"

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January 17, 2008

Meet Cameron Chism

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Cameron Chism
Birthdate: 12/25/90
Birthplace: Washington DC
Hometown: Washington DC and Bowie
Nicknames: Chis
Height: 6’0
Weight: 175
Position: Cornerback
High School: Bishop McNamara
Senior statistics: 81 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery returned for a touchdown, 41 receptions for 750 yards and four touchdowns, 10 carries for 157 yards and one touchdown
Bench max: 285
40-yard dash: 4.43
Runner-up: Pittsburgh or Illinois
Other scholarships offered: Boston College, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Temple, Syracuse
Favorite NFL player: Sean Taylor
Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins
Favorite all-time Terp: Josh Wilson
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Cassidy
Favorite book: The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: French fries
Favorite high school class: English
Favorite thing about College Park: “I guess the environment itself, the fans, the people that make up the environment.”
Other high school sports: Indoor and outdoor track
Hobbies: Working out, eating, sleeping, watching TV
Intended major: Criminal Justice
Something that not many people know about you: “That I’m only 17. They think I’m older, but I’m really the youngest in my senior class.”
Best football moment: “I’ll have to say when I caught an 80-yard post to win the game for my team and we came back from about 21 points and ended up winning the game [against Gonzaga this year].”
Role model: “Sean Taylor because of the excitement he brought to the game and he was just a positive role model on and off the field. He’d go 100 percent, full-speed every play.”
Why Maryland? “Because I visited a couple schools and they had the same stuff out there that they did at Maryland. I was comfortable with the coaches at Maryland and I liked the school. There’s no point in going away when you have everything right at home.”

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January 16, 2008

Meet A.J. Francis

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Anthony Joseph Francis
Birthdate: 5/7/90
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Pioneer City (Severn)
Nicknames: Fat Man, JoeFish, Jack Diamond
Height: 6’5
Weight: 320
Position: Defensive tackle
High School: Gonzaga College High School (DC)
Senior statistics: 20 solo tackles, nine assists and two sacks
Bench max: 345
40-yard dash: 5.06
Runner-up: Georgia Tech
Other schools considered: Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State, Virginia, Boston College
Favorite NFL player: Cowboys safety Roy Williams
Favorite NFL team: Dallas Cowboys
Favorite all-time Terp: Randy White
Favorite music: Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Talib Kweli, Seal
Favorite book: Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Favorite movie: The Ladies Man
Favorite TV show: American Gladiators
Favorite food: Mozzarella sticks
Favorite high school class: Poetry
Favorite thing about College Park: “Even though it’s a big campus, everything is really close together.”
Other high school sports: “Basketball, but I don’t think I’m good enough to play for them now.”
Hobbies: “I make music, write poetry, I make short movies, I listen to a lot of sports radio.”
Intended major: Broadcasting
Something that not many people know about you: “I have a split personality. I’m a nice guy when I’m off the field. There’s not many people that have bad things to say about me. But when I’m playing, I do some of the meanest things you’ve ever seen in your life.”
Best football moment: “Probably my last game against St. John’s. On fourth-and-one, we were down seven in the fourth quarter. They went for it, they were on our 8-yard line and I pushed the offensive tackle. I threw him back and made a 4-yard tackle for loss. We ended up driving down the field and then on our own fourth down we threw a pass and he was wide open, but the sun was in his eye and he couldn’t even see it.”
Role model: “Probably my dad. My dad’s a basketball coach, so I love sports because of him. I’m the only football player in the school that’s in the school musical every spring. When I first came to him about it, a lot of fathers that are basketball coaches – all they know is sports. They probably wouldn’t have been as open-minded to it, but my dad was always cool with it. He says as long as my grades are straight, he’s cool with it.”
Why Maryland? “I feel as if the coaching staff is probably the most genuine coaching staff and the most genuine people I’ve ever met in my life. When I went out to the All-American Combine last year ... the first day I destroyed everybody and Tom Lemming went on ESPN and said I was the best defensive tackle there. So everybody had me as the best defensive tackle in the country. The next day we ran the 40 in the rain outside and I ran a slow 40 time. Even though I was the best defensive tackle there, just because I ran a bad 40 time [schools] didn’t recruit me. But [Terps defensive line] coach [Dave] Sollazzo and [defensive coordinator] coach [Chris] Cosh contacted me and said, ‘We don’t care about that. When’s the last time a defensive lineman had to run 40 yards to get to a quarterback?’ The Wednesday when I got back from the combine, that’s when I committed.”

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January 14, 2008

Meet Kevin Dorsey

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Kevin Dorsey
Birthdate: 2/23/90
Birthplace: Prince George’s Hospital in Cheverly
Hometown: Forestville
Nickname: Boobie
Height: 6’2
Weight: 190
Position: Wide receiver
High School: Forestville Military Academy
Senior statistics: 50 catches, 902 yards, 11 touchdowns, including an interception return for a touchdown, kick return for a touchdown and a rushing touchdown off of a fake punt.
Bench max: 315
40-yard dash: 4.4
Runner-up: Illinois
Favorite NFL player: Jerry Rice
Favorite NFL team: Washington Redskins
Favorite all-time Terp: E.J. Henderson
Favorite music: Lil Wayne, Jay-Z
Favorite book: Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Favorite movies: Friday Night Lights, 300
Favorite TV:The History Channel and Discovery Channel -- anything on those channels.”
Favorite food: Salmon, fried chicken
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “Just the diverse atmosphere. Throughout the campus you can run into all different types and sorts of people.”
Hobbies: “School, studying playbooks and football. At one point I did collect football cards. I like collecting DVDs, watching movies, things like that.”
Intended major: Business management and electrical engineering
Something that not many people know about you: “Nothing that I can think of.”
Best football moment: “I guess I’ll have to say my very first game playing high school [as a freshman.] I remember going down on kickoff and actually making the first tackle. I was playing DB at the time, and I think I had maybe two knockdowns and four or five tackles.”
Role model: “It would be my father if anything. He lets me know what to do and what not to do. He lets me make my own decisions, to a degree, but he’ll let me know what he thinks is the best idea. In some cases, he just directs me to what path should be taken. He’s just an overall great role model for a young man.”
Why Maryland? “The same reason that everyone says -- coach Friedgen. He not only cares for us as players, but as people. And that’s honestly the same environment I’ve had in high school. I want to be around the same kind of atmosphere in college.”

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January 10, 2008

Meet R.J. Dill

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Robert John Dill
Birthdate: 7/26/90
Birthplace: Athens, Ga.
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Nicknames: R.J.
Height: 6’7
Weight: 280
Position: Offensive tackle
High School: Trinity High School
Senior statistics: 26 tackles, two forced fumbles and four quarterback hurries
Bench max: 325
40-yard dash: 5.2
Runner-up: UConn
Other scholarships offered: Temple, Duke, Akron
Favorite NFL player: “It was Mike Vick, but he’s not really in the NFL anymore.”
Favorite NFL team: Atlanta Falcons
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Garth Brooks
Favorite book: The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
Favorite movie: Friday Nights Lights
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds on CBS
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite high school class: History
Favorite thing about College Park: “Location. It’s close to two big cities and College Park itself is kind of a fun town.”
Other high school sports: Basketball
Hobbies: Video games and movies
Intended major: Business or History
Something that not many people know about you: “My mom is from the next town over from coach Friedgen and Sollazzo in New York.”
Best football moment: “Probably being the winningest class in the history of Trinity; winning our division two years in the row and establishing a winning tradition at Trinity.”
Role model: “Probably my dad just because he’s always been there for me and always supported me. He was in the military and defended our country.”
Why Maryland? “I fell in the love with the coaching staff, coach [Bryan Bossard], who moved on, and [offensive line] coach [Tom] Brattan, who really knows his stuff. Coach Friedgen really knows his football. It’s the best school that offered me, has the best tradition and I’ll have a chance to compete for a spot. That’s what sold me on it. Everything fit.”

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January 9, 2008

Meet Demetrius Hartsfield

This is part of a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 6. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.

Name: Demetrius Hartsfield
Birthdate: 11/22/89
Birthplace: Raleigh, N.C.
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
Nicknames: None
Height: 6’2
Weight: 220
Position: Inside linebacker
High School: Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School
Senior statistics: 124 tackles, 10 sacks, two fumble recoveries; four catches, one touchdown
Bench max: 305
40-yard dash: 4.67
Runner-up: Wake Forest or Georgia
Other schools considered: East Carolina, North Carolina
Favorite NFL player: Brian Urlacher and Ray Lewis
Favorite NFL team: San Diego Chargers
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: Jay-Z
Favorite book: None
Favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
Favorite TV show: Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Favorite food: French fries
Favorite high school class: Science
Favorite thing about College Park: “The community and how it’s all enclosed. It’s like Maryland, the college, is its own town.”
Other high school sports: Basketball and track
Hobbies: “Playing video games and lifting weights.”
Intended major: Psychology
Something that not many people know about you: “I’m laid back; kind of shy at first, when you first meet me.”
Best football moment: “I think my favorite memory is just experiencing all the camps I went to over the summer -- the experience of meeting all the other players. To be specific, probably the Nike camp in Georgia [was my best football memory].”
Role model: “My mom because she helped me in everything -- provided me with everything. She’s never missed any of my games. She came with me everywhere I went this summer and she will continue to be at all my games. She’s very supportive.”
Why Maryland? “One, because of the environment and how I was treated and another thing, I knew they had my major and I looked at the psychology facilities and they were pretty nice. Also, the history of linebackers that have been there in the last five or six years.”

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January 3, 2008

Meet Matt Furstenburg

Name: Matt Furstenburg
Birthdate: 6/19/89
Birthplace: Somerset, N.J.
Hometown: Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Nicknames: Furst
Height: 6-4
Weight: 230
Position: Tight end
High School: Hunterdon (N.J.) Central
Prep School: The Hun School (Princeton, N.J.)
Senior statistics: 28 catches, 350 yards, 4 touchdowns
Bench max: 365
40-yard dash: 4.58
Runner-up: North Carolina
Other schools considered: Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt
Favorite NFL player: Jeremy Shockey
Favorite NFL team: New York Giants
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Lil Wayne
Favorite book: Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
Favorite movie: The Matrix
Favorite TV show: Home Improvement
Favorite food: Buffalo wings
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The number of people there.”
Other high school sports: Lacrosse
Hobbies: “I like to hunt and fish.”
Intended major: Business
Something that not many people know about you: “I like chilling out and watching movies.”
Best football moment: “I intercepted a pass for a touchdown my senior year of high school against Ridge.”
Role model: “My dad. He’s just given me great opportunities and taught me so much.”
Why Maryland? “The coaching staff, the team, the overall school and the student life.”

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January 2, 2008

Meet Zach Brown

This is the first in a series of 2008 Maryland football commitment Q&As. All answers are provided by the featured player.

Name: Zach Brown
Birthdate: 10/23/89
Birthplace: Estill, South Carolina
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Nicknames: ZB
Height: 6’2 3/4
Weight: 215
Position: Outside linebacker
High School: Wilde Lake
Prep School: Hargrave Military Academy
Senior statistics: N/A
Bench max: 350
40-yard dash: 4.39
Runner-up: Tennessee or North Carolina
Other schools considered: Marshall, North Carolina, Tennessee, Akron, Western Kentucky
Favorite NFL player: Bob Sanders
Favorite NFL team: St. Louis Rams
Favorite all-time Terp: Shawne Merriman
Favorite music: TI, Lil Wayne
Favorite book: And Then There Were None
Favorite movie: I Am Legend
Favorite TV show: Family Guy
Favorite food: Chitlins
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: The location
Other high school sports: Wrestling, Track
Hobbies: Drawing, listening to music
Intended major: “Something in architectural design.”
Something that not many people know about you: “Actually, I tried out for the basketball team and made it ... at Wilde Lake. My wrestling coach had to talk to the basketball coach, and he made him cut me. I was just doing it to keep me in shape.”
Best football moment: “Playing Long Reach my junior year and I broke for a 30-yard run that sparked the scoring drive that gave the team life. We beat them 24-21 that year.”
Role model: “I have somebody who always gives me advice. Asmar Hagler, he was my wrestling coach. He gives me advice, what to do, what not to do inside and outside of school. He’s there for me when I need something. Whenever I have an issue I can talk to him. Whenever I feel down, he says to just stick with it.”
Why Maryland? “The education, the players there -- I get along with the players -- the location and then just being able to stay close to home.”

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November 14, 2007

Meet Sean Mosley

Name: Sean Mosley

Birthdate: 3/14/89

Birthplace: Baltimore

Height: 6’4

Weight: 210

Other Schools Considered: Florida State, Syracuse, Clemson, Marist

Favorite NBA player: Dwyane Wade

Favorite NBA team: Phoenix Suns

Favorite all-time Terp: Len Bias (“I watched a couple tapes”)

Favorite thing about College Park: “Just the whole atmosphere. The gym, actually.”

Favorite music: Lil’ Wayne, Young Jeezy

Favorite TV shows: Martin

Favorite food: Baked chicken

Hobbies: Basketball, football, baseball

Favorite high school class: Math

Intended major: Business management

Best basketball moment: Winning MVP of the Baltimore Catholic League freshman year

Role model: “My dad. He’s basically just walked me through my life and told me the wrongs and rights. He’s an exceptional person.”

Why Maryland? “Because it fit me and I think we have a chance to make a run at the national championship.”

For more on Mosley, click here to read an extended profile of his recruitment.

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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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