Three-star inside linebackers Gus Little and Brett Zanotto both verbally committed to Maryland on the same day back in June. Now, on National Signing Day, the two are both officially joining the Terrapins -- but Zanotto's first, sending his letter of intent early Wednesday morning.
Zanotto chose UMD over offers from Temple, Syracuse, Eastern Michigan and Massachusetts, and made that commitment official Wednesday. He's considered a three-star prospect by the 247Sports Composite, ranking as the 53rd-best inside linebacker in the nation and the 34th-best player in the state of Pennsylvania.
The 6-foot, 215-pound linebacker from Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., is a bit undersized, meaning he's a logical redshirt candidate. There are, however, immediate openings in the middle of the Terps' linebacking corps with both Cole Farrand and L.A. Goree graduating. Little, it seems, would be the more logical candidate for immediate playing time due to Zanotto's size limitations that could force him to move elsewhere.
Even if the physical tools aren't all there, it's impossible to deny Zanotto's instincts and nose for the ball. While playing both ways at Franklin Regional as a senior, Zanotto racked up 102 tackles – 11 for a loss – in 10 games. Zanotto also compiled 908 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 125 carries.
Check out some highlights from Zanotto's senior season with the Panthers: