The Terrapins continued their recruiting success this weekend when they received a verbal commitment from running back Da'Rel Scott out of Plymouth (Pa.) Plymouth-Whitemash.
The 6-foot-0, 185-pounder with 4.4-second speed chose Maryland over offers from Virginia and Boston College.
"I was talking to coach Friedgen yesterday about a couple things and then I did it," he said. "All the coaches were really happy and they told me that they really wanted me and are happy to have me. Something that stuck out after I committed was that coach Friedgen said it's about getting a good education and being able to play. I could tell he's really serious about not just winning, but getting good grades for his players. That stood out to me and my mom a whole lot."
What else stood out about Maryland to Scott?
"I had a gut feeling I was going to commit for a while, I just didn't want everyone to know yet," he said. "Playing nearby was a really big factor and then it's a really nice campus. It's nice you can get anywhere in a short time. They're a good football team and I just wanted to help them out so they can win. It worked out really good for me."
The future Terp running back is glad to have the decision behind him.
"It feels pretty good and I'm really relieved now," he said. "That's a lot of trouble off my mind and I just wanted to get it done before the season so I don't have to keep worrying about it."
This season Scott plans to prepare himself for the next level.
"The first thing I want to do is get my weight up a little bit to between 200 and 215-pounds. Then I want to make sure I'm prepared mentally to go there," he said. "I think the weight will help me so that it's tougher to tackle me. I want to get my legs and upper body bigger and stronger. I just want a nice frame going into college."
The No. 24 player in Pennsylvania feels he can bring a lot to the position when he gets to College Park.
"I think I can bring speed, I can hit the holes and score touchdowns," he said. "They are already a good team and one thing I want to do is see if I can make them a better team."
Scott hasn't planned an official visit to Maryland, but he is looking at attending multiple games this season.
"When I watch them I'm going to be looking at how they run the ball," he said. "I also want to see how the backs come out of the backfield and catch the ball and then how the whole offense runs."
Overall, Scott couldn't be happier with his decision.
"I'm really satisfied with what my decision and I know I made the right choice."
The running back prospect was the 2004 Maxwell Club winner after he accounted for over 1,500 yards of offense for Plymouth-Whitemash.