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Terps lead for South Carolina DE

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One of the South’s top-rated defensive ends says he’s currently got a leader, but is keeping an open mind as he prepares for his last four official visits.
“Maryland’s in the lead right now,” said three-star Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley end Mack Frost. “The big reason is I already had my official visit there (on Dec. 12) and it went real well. I like their coaches and players a lot. I felt like I fit in real well with those guys and some of the players that they’re going to be signing this year.
“Their program is looking real strong right now. They looked great in the bowl game (a 41-7 rout of West Virginia) and they had another 10-win season. I think their program is getting ready to take the next step and do some big things in the future.”
Frost (6-5, 235, 4.65) also has Auburn, Florida, Virginia and South Carolina in his final list of schools. He’ll make the short trip to neighboring Columbia this weekend, followed by Florida on the 16th, Virginia on the 23rd and Auburn on the 30th.
Asked what made those programs attractive to him, he said:
“With Auburn, I liked the players when I was down there for an unofficial visit. One of my old teammates, Travis Williams, is playing there. He really likes it a lot. It would be fun to play with him.
“I like coach Strong at Florida. He’s been recruiting me for a long time, going back to when he was at South Carolina. He’s a real nice guy. I’ve always liked him.
“With Virginia, I like the overall coaching staff and their youth and energy. I think their program is coming up.
“South Carolina is the choice if I decide to stay at home. Right now, I’m not really thinking that way. I just want to find the best school for me, no matter if it’s close to home or a little farther away.”
As a senior, Frost recorded 66 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks, four forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and one interception.
He is rated the No. 16 weakside defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com.
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