When your team doesn't win a game during your junior season, it's hard to get noticed by college coaches. However, Maryland's recent linebacker commitment overcame that obstacle quite easily.
"Mike committed to Maryland after a visit to the campus a few weekends ago," said the father of Hempfield (Pa.) Hempfield Area linebacker Mike Marvis. "When his coach sent out film to around eight schools, the response was great, especially since the team didn't do well at all during his junior year. He had offers from Maryland, Indiana, Clemson and West Virginia and interest from Syracuse, Boston College, Pitt and Iowa."
So why the Terps?
"His brother, Sam, played football there and he got to know the coaching staff a bit," he said. "But Mike really fell in love with coach Friedgen on his visit and the coaching staff spent a great deal of time with him. Mike was concerned about the status of the Big East and really liked the Maryland program and campus, so he felt the time was right."
Marvis is 6-foot-2 and weighs 230 pounds. He has been timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds.
"Most coaches don't believe he's 230 pounds because he runs so well on film," his father said. "The film we sent out was against Butler and he just dominated their big-time linebacker (Tyrell Sales) on it. That was what impressed the coaches so much."
Marvis will play inside linebacker at Maryland. He had more than 100 tackles as a junior