Following a visit earlier this week to Maryland, Kernersville (N.C.) East Forsyth quarterback Danny O'Brien made his choice earlier today. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder selected the Terrapins over offers from Duke and East Carolina.
"I just committed to Maryland a few hours ago," he said. "I talked to all three coaches that were recruiting me, Coach Pearman, Friedgen and Franklin. They were pumped and really excited.
"They congratulated me and I can't wait to get up there and work towards those championships. They are looking forward to staying in touch with me and getting me to camp. They also want me to recruit other guys to Maryland."
O'Brien's visit Tuesday was huge in his decision.
"I had a real amazing trip, they sold me on everything, the area and staff are great, the 2008 class is good and we're looking forward to a great 2009 class, plus the school itself. Everything they have is for the student athlete," he said. "I think just being up there around the receivers and guys in the weight room. They are great guys and athletes. Those are the kind of people I want to surround myself with. I'm planning to major in business management and they are top 25 nationally in that. I like the support system they have too."
The coaches played a big factor for O'Brien as well.
"Coach Friedgen is a real genuine guy," he said. "Coach Pearman stayed on me from day one and was straight up the whole time. I like Coach Franklin too. He's an offensive guru and I'm excited to have a lot of success with him."
O'Brien is the second of two quarterbacks recruited by the Terrapins this year.
"The coaches can't promise me any playing time, but they do have two juniors and a senior right now," he said. "Both juniors will be seniors my freshman year and then I'll have an opportunity to play after my first year."
Something still on the table for O'Brien is the possibility of graduating early.
"I've talked about it with my family briefly, nothing too in-depth. I do play basketball, so more than likely I'll finish up and play that and graduate on-time."
Mentioned earlier, O'Brien plans to recruit other players. Does he have anyone in mind?
"I've got a relationship with Xavier Nixon, I'm going to start talking to him about that," he said. "I'm going to talk to Damonte Terry and then just ask the coaches if I can help with anyone else."
The North Carolina prospect added one final thought.
"I'm just really excited about my decision," he said. "I had great opportunities at other schools and it was a tough decision, but I'm excited to be a Terp."