Featherston Still Waiting for Maryland Offer

2014 defensive end Lorenzo Featherston hopes for an offer from Maryland

Lorenzo Featherston, at 6'7” 215 lbs, is a physical specimen and a highly coveted recruit. In addition to his enormous stature, Featherston is also extremely athletic. The junior recorded a 38..2” vertical jump at the 2012 Nike Football SPARQ combine, the highest jump of any defensive lineman.

The defensive end describes himself as “hardworking and talented,” and says he looks up to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis because of his intensity and passion.

Featherston's size and stature alone make him a prized recruit, but injuries plagued his junior season and “prevented me from playing how I wanted to,” said Featherston. He injured his hip, dislocated his knee, and suffered two concussions during his junior season.

Featherston said despite his injuries he still found ways to improve, “I became a better leader and I became more vocal.” The Page High football team struggled at the beginning of the season and was 0-4 before Featherston and his teammates turned things around, winning their next seven games and reaching the second round of the North Carolina State tournament.

Luckily for Featherston, his injuries did not prevent colleges from taking notice in him. The junior has received offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

He has taken one visit so far, to North Carolina, and he says he plans to visit the rest of the schools that have offered him scholarships. Featherston also plans to attend camps next summer, though he is not sure which ones yet.

While Maryland has yet to offer Featherston, he says he is still interested in the Terps. The North Carolina native says he has family in Maryland and visits them occasionally. He has received mail from the Maryland coaching staff but has yet to have any direct contact with them. He said he would likely visit College Park and consider Maryland if they were to offer him a scholarship, adding that Maryland is “one of my colleges that I've wanted to go to since I was younger.”

When thinking about his college decision, Featherston says the most important factors to him are “a good atmosphere and a great coaching staff,” adding that he wants a school with a good program for his intended major, engineering.

The junior is still wide open and doesn't have a list of favorites yet, saying that he needs to take more visits and learn more about the colleges before thinking about his decision.

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