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Terps Land a FB Recruit; Coxson Chooses Penn State

I have good news and I have bad news.

First, the good news: the Terps landed another 2010 football recruit, their fourth. This time, it was NJ DE/OLB Ian Evans. Via Matt Bracken:

The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder chose UM over offers from Syracuse and Temple. Rutgers, Penn State, Vanderbilt and many others were expressing interest, according to Hammonton head coach Pete Lancetta.

“I sent film out to a lot of places and [Maryland] was one of the first to respond very, very positively,” Lancetta said. “We’ve been getting obviously a lot of traffic coming through [the school]. He went [to College Park] twice on visits and really liked it. He went to the spring game with his mother. ... I think [his commitment] had a lot to do with the fact that it’s a really beautiful place. He felt that it was right for him. ... I support him 100 percent. I’m real proud of him and really happy about his decision.”


“He’s like an outside linebacker in our scheme,” Lancetta said. “In [Maryland’s] scheme, he can either stand up or possibly play with his hand down. He’s 6-3, 230 pounds, but he can probably get up to 265. He just runs so well; that’s what stands out on film. He ran a 4.49 [40] at a combine. That could be [a little inflated], but even if it is, he’s legitimately in the 4.5s, and that’s pretty darn good for a junior at 6-3, 230. ... [The Maryland staff was] impressed by the way he moves laterally and the way he hawks people down.”

Sounds like a future pass rusing star, actually, if he turns out. ESPN likes him, rating him a 78. In comparison, DeOnte Arnett was also a 78. He sounds like a great get. Not a five star guy, but a future solid starter seems about right.

Now, for the bad news: star WR Adrian Coxson did not choose the Terps, instead opting for Penn State. It's not huge news for an MD recruit to go to PSU, but it still sucks. Via Digital Sports:

Keeping his decision close to the vest, Coxson has also received scholarship offers from Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia to name a few.

Last season as a junior, he caught 35 passes for 985 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

He was an All-Baltimore City was named to the DigitalSports All-Baltimore Metro First Team. 

A four star recruit according to many college recruiting websites, Coxson has made a name for himself this spring, excelling at recruiting combines and garnering national attention.
Personally, I'd move right on to Antonio Belt, if we weren't already there. Even though I haven't seen any tape yet, I've heard good things, and he crushes the look test.