Scout's Take: Alex Twine

2011 prospect Alex Twine from Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, MD) plays with energy and enthusiasm. The talented defensive standout committed to Maryland just as his recruiting was heating up.

Alex Twine passes the eye test. He isn't the biggest linebacker at 6'1" and around 210 pounds but he is well put together. His physical stature does jump out at you and he uses it to make plays all over the field. Twine is very tough and gets after it. He has very good speed and is powerful at the point of contact. He reads and reacts well and can avoid blocks with his speed. He closes in a hurry and his hits are meant to be felt throughout the ball carrier's body. He is fluid and can also drop in coverage and plays the pass well. He has the speed to stay with a tight end or get out with the running back on a swing pass. He will need to add weight in college to take the beating that comes with the position and to help get off blocks but he will be a muscular, speedy hitting machine on the next level.

Twine had several offers from the top schools at the FCS level. Don't let the lack of FBS offers concern you as Twine was getting serious interest from several FBS schools following the season. Home state favorite Maryland was just too much to turn down for Twine. He will be a special team's coverage beast right out of the gate at Maryland. How quickly Twine adds weight will determine how early and often he gets on the field on defense. Despite lacking some size early on, his speed and toughness may get him in some specific defensive packages as a sophomore.

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