Suitland (Md.) Gwynn Park linebacker Adrian Moten has decided to stay at home for college as he has committed to Maryland over offers from Tennessee, Syracuse, Penn State, Ohio State and Illinois.
"The school feels like home and there is nothing that's quite like home," he said. "The coaches were very nice and they seem to look out for you and Maryland is a good school academically. I love the environment there and they play with an up-tempo attitude and have fun while they play. Their coaches love coaching and are dedicated."
Moten told the coaches of his decision and they were overjoyed.
"They were really excited especially coach Bossard and Sollazzo," he said. "They told me to try to get the big fella', Phillip Taylor to come along with me. I'm trying my best by telling him he can play with me for the next three or four years. I'm just trying to get him to think about staying at home."
With the commitment behind him, the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder can now focus on the upcoming season.
"I feel great about my decision and I'm really excited," he said. "I've got one more year of high school and then I've got to move on. Basically this season I'm looking to gain a whole bunch of weight and get stronger. I'm also taking classes to make sure I have my grades in line because I don't want to sit out a year."
The No. 16 player in Maryland is planning to attend at least a couple home games this season.
"I'm going to try to get to the Clemson and Virginia games," he said. "I'm going to watch the team close this year especially the safeties, linebackers and tight ends. Those are the players I'll really be looking at."
Moten is looking at majoring in Computer Engineering or Kinesiology when he gets to Maryland.
What does the athlete plan to bring to the football program?
"They've already got excitement there and I plan to bring that too," he said. "I'm not going to say I'll be Ray Lewis, I just want to play football and help the team as much as I can."
Moten has been recruited by the Terps as a linebacker, safety or tight end. They will determine the Maryland prospect's position by his weight when he comes into the program.
Moten accounted for 90 tackles, 10 sacks, three interceptions and four fumble recoveries as a junior.
He finished by saying something to the fans.
"It's going to be great playing at home with the crowd," he said. "The fans there are wonderful, they are even excited when they're down because they have high hopes. I want them to continue to keep that intensity up when I get there."