2014 Virginia QB Visits College Park

2014 quarterback Trace McSorley talks about his visit to College Park for the Georgia Tech game.

Quarterback Trace McSorley of Briar Woods High School in Virginia, visited College Park last weekend to get a feel for the atmosphere of the campus as well as Byrd Stadium on game day.

“I liked it a lot,” McSorley said. “I really like the facility they have there.”

The Terrapins lost the game that McSorley attended against Georgia Tech, 33-13. Despite the poor performance from the Terps, he says he was pleased with the quick-paced, fast-tempo offense that Maryland runs.

The quarterback has had much success this season as a junior, leading Briar Woods to a 10-0 regular season record as they proceed to the playoffs. In those ten games, McSorley racked up 1789 passing yards, 24 TDs and threw only 2 interceptions. In addition, the high school star ran for 300 yards and 4 TDs.

McSorley says one of his biggest strengths is seeing the field and reading the defenses, which allows him to quickly decide to air it out, or tuck the ball and run. He tries to emulate players like Drew Brees and Robert Griffin III.

The 6-foot 175-pound player has shown his range of skills on the other side of the ball, playing defensive back as well. McSorley had 17 tackles and 5 interceptions this season. He says he may actually prefer playing defense in college if any school would prefer him at that position.

According to McSorley, he has kept in contact with Coach Brian Stewart - Maryland's defensive coordinator - by email.

Prior to visiting College Park, McSorley took two unofficial visits to Boston College and James Madison University, and has his only offer from BC. He says Maryland is pretty high up when it comes to a list of favorites, which he has yet to decide.

“They've shown me a lot of interest. More than a lot of schools I've been talking to,” McSorley said. “I really like that it's close to my home.”

The QB/DB is willing to travel to find the right program, but the proximity from Ashburn, Va. to College Park is a definite perk for the junior.

The hybrid talent has a clear idea of what the perfect program would be for him.

“I want a nice campus, and just a good college setting with good coaches and players that I can adapt to easily,” he said. “The ability for me to get on the field while I'm there,” is another important aspect for McSorley.

Any future offers and playing time may depend on which position McSorley ends up pursuing. It will be interesting to see which way various programs will want to use him in the years to come.

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