Dunbar QB Still Interested in Terps

Despite offers from Marshall and Temple, Lamel Matthews remains intrigued by Terps.

Earlier in the year, Temple and Marshall both offered Dunbar (D.C.) Crimson Tide senior quarterback Lamel Matthews spots on their respective class of 2013 rosters. The four year starter, however, plans to wait until he makes his college decision, thus keeping the door open for local programs like Maryland.

"I camped at UMD last year. I really like College Park, it's cool, " stated Matthews, who made it clear that he would have liked to be at camp this year, but had other football obligations. "I had an NFL 7 on 7 thing up in Indy this summer, but if I didn't go to that, I'd be at camp."

In addition to his visits for football camp, Matthews seems to enjoy the College Park experience. "I've gotten to go to basketball games for 'junior day,' etc., and I enjoyed it a lot." His familiarity with the campus and surrounding area could prove crucial in his decision.

"I don't really expect to commit anywhere until the season is over. Right now my goal is to win a championship," reminded Matthews. "I'll speak with my family and coaches after that is all over." The good news for Terps fans is that Matthews does not seem eager to sign with Temple or Marshall, and is still very interested in Maryland.

"Oh I really like the Terps. It's a great program and good school too. The [coaches] there are top of the line."

Lamel's preferred position is quarterback, but is being scouted as an "athlete," which is fine with him. "I've gotten looks for quarterback, but I'd love to be an athlete for these schools. Whatever they need in order to offer," explained the ambitious athlete, who plays outside linebacker for the powerhouse Crimson Tide program. He also added that he would be flexible for schools such as Maryland, mentioning that "they already have two quarterbacks," so he's trying to show them some more in other facets of the game.

Dunbar has a defined legacy in DC-area public school football, and it means a lot to be a four-year starter at an often undefeated, championship program. It would certainly behoove the Terps to keep both eyes on Matthews this season, one on offense, and on on the athlete as a whole.

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