Devils Chasing Maryland Athlete

Bethesda (Md.) Walt Whitman safety prospect Anthony Young-Wiseman is one of the state's most versatile prospects in the class of 2008. Already sporting a number of impressive high major offers, the 6-foot-1 rising senior says he's got an idea of how he wants this recruiting process to play out.

"Right now I have offers from Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, and West Virginia," says Anthony Young-Wiseman. "I'm also being recruited by Virginia Tech, Clemson, and Penn State. Each of the schools recruiting me has their own appeal for me as a player and a student."

Just like he has his own appeal to each of the schools as a player. Measuring out at 6'1, 195 pounds and clocking in at 4.49 in the forty yard dash, Young-Wiseman projects as an athlete who could fill any number of positions at the collegiate level.

"Right now most schools see me as either a safety or cornerback, but I've played receiver, quarterback, running back, and pretty much every other skill position on either side of the ball. Most of the coaches like my versatility and say that I could come in and compete to play at a number of different positions."

One of the schools that has been extremely active is Duke, which was one of the first to offer and has continued to work hard to overcome the lack of a winning tradition.

"Duke has it's own strengths when matching up with the other schools on my list," says Young-Wiseman. "Their academics are the best around and they are rebuilding their program under the new coaching staff. Also, with it being in North Carolina the campus is beautiful and it's a great place to live. I can see myself going there and fitting in, which is what it's going to take for me to make a decision."

"With Maryland it's close to home and has good academics, and which West Virginia and Syracuse you have great football tradition and great players already on the roster."

Unlike most players who list their relationship with the head coach as one of the major factors, Young-Wiseman says he's looking at the "fit" he finds with the current and incoming players on the roster.

"Sure the relationship with the coaches are important, but in today's game coaches come and go. Look at what happened at West Virginia. If you're a recruit and you pick a school based only on the coaches, you have a chance to be disappointed. I'm looking for how I fit in with the players, and how I fit in at the school. I want to find a place where I can be comfortable even if the coach gets a better offer and leaves."

Regarding a recruiting timeline, Young-Wiseman says he's slowing down and starting to shift his focus towards his senior season at Walt Whitman High.

"I don't think I'll do anything until the season is over. Right now I am going to focus on the schools who have offered and work on setting up official visits when I have time during the season and then afterwards. I'm going to take all five of my visits and then I'll sit down and make a decision."

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