Maryland picked up a big cornerback earlier today. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder made his pledge while on a trip to College Park this afternoon.
"I committed to Maryland about a half an hour ago after I talked to Coach Friedgen," Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor cornerback Mario Rowson said. "He had a smile on his face and then told me to do good in school and keep my grades up and keep working.
"Then, all the coaches congratulated me and welcomed me to the family."
What made Rowson pick the Terrapins?
"It's just a cool school," he said. "I think I can go there and be successful. I got to tour the school today and see more about it. I hung out with the players including Trenton Hughes.
"I also talked to the coaches and hung out with Coach Brown a lot. He's like the coolest coach. He told me I'm his No. 1 cornerback and he's going to use me in press up coverage. I think I fit their system."
The visit appeared to be a big factor for Rowson's mom as well.
"My mom really liked it up there," he said. "She liked the whole education and how they are about students before athletes."
Rowson is being recruited as a cornerback for Maryland.
"They made it very clear they want me as a cornerback," he said. "They told me they have three cornerbacks on the roster that I'll compete with and if I'm good enough I'll play."