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Maryland football had a dry spell recruiting Baltimore powerhouse Gilman for the past generation or so. And now? Two commitments in two years. Last year it was running back Kenneth Goins; and earlier today at their spring game, the Terrapins and Randy Edsall received a commitment from Gilman's 2013 QB Shane Cockerille, who also listed offers from Michigan and Virginia.
Depending on whom you ask, Cockerille is either the second or third commitment of the class for Maryland, joining speedy Delaware defensive back Jarrett Ross and Virginia athlete Michael Parker (who is adamant he's committed, despite the fact that no recruiting service yet recognizes it, ostensibly for grade reasons). He's also the first from the state of Maryland, so there's that.
Cockerille's ranked as a three-star (78) on ESPN and as a three-star on Rivals, the 17th-best dual-threat QB in the country by their estimation. 247Sports has him as a high two-star instead, and he's as-of-yet unranked on Scout.
He's certainly a running quarterback, but not quite in the same vein as a C.J. Brown - whereas C.J.'s all about speed, Cockerille has an almost Tebow-esque quality about him, as a rough and rugged runner who isn't afraid to lower his shoulder and power through people. Like a lot of running quarterbacks, he needs to work on his arm, especially the mechanics. But with two good-looking quarterbacks coming into College Park in the class ahead of him, there should be time for him to adjust. If not: he's also been mentioned as a potential safety at the next level.
Video below. We'll hopefully have something on the spring game once it wraps up later today.