Banks Agaruwa, Freshman (RS), offensive line, No. 73
Joe Marchese, Sophomore (RS), offensive line, No. 69
Mike Minter, Sophomore (RS), offensive line, No. 63
Maurice Shelton, Junior (RS), offensive line, No. 79
Height: 6'5, 6'3, 6'3, 6'3
Weight: 246, 287, 310, 315
Collegiate stats: Marchese, Minter and Shelton have each played in one game (James Madison, 2014).
High school: Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.), Adlai E. Stevenson (Vernon Hills, Ill.), Severna Park (Severna Park, Md.), Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.)
High school stats (Senior Year): Minter had 70 tackles, seven sacks and six forced fumbles
Composite recruiting rating: N/A
High school highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Marchese's father, John, played for four years as a walk-on at Iowa, and Joe received a walk-on offer from Maryland after long-snapper Christian Carpenter tore his ACL during spring practice. He was one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Illinois, but his small stature kept schools from offering scholarships. He was Carpenter's back-up at the long-snapping position for the final three games in 2013, and was named a Big Ten All-Academic selection last year.
Minter was a two-way lineman at Severna Park who played in the Crab Bowl following his senior year. He earned first-team all-county and second-team all-state honors, winning the Al Larramore Award as the best lineman in Anne Arundel County. He chose Maryland over opportunities with Towson, Coastal Carolina and Harvard, and missed 2013 season due to injury. Minter played against James Madison last season and was named a Big Ten All-Academic selection. Previously a defensive lineman in College Park, he's switched over to the offensive line.
Shelton was born in Sasebo, Japan but soon after moved to the states and landed in Maryland. At Roosevelt, Shelton helped his team to a county championship in his senior season and received second-team all-county. He was a standout student as well, graduating with a 3.7 GPA and receiving the Banneker/Key Scholarship at Maryland. He saw the first playing time of his career last season against James Madison, and was also named a Big Ten All-Academic selection.
For Marchese, Minter and Shelton, it's playing against James Madison and earning their academic honors. For Agaruwa, it's making the team.
Playing in a game against an FBS team (aka not just the Richmond game).
Maryland's recent recruiting success at the offensive line position has them left with quite a few interesting options at the top of the depth chart (namely Derwin Gray, Damian Prince and Quarvez Boulware). Some of the younger players will likely redshirt this season, and that's where these players come in. Don't be surprised to see someone like Minter or Shelton challenge for playing time as a reserve guard or tackle this season, especially if Maryland is unable to add a transfer lineman before the season starts.
Our next player's high school shares half of its name with a country. It is also possible this player wins a starting job this season, despite most Maryland fans knowing next to nothing about him.
Raventerp1217 is the first on the board.
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