Good Counsel O-Lineman Hoping for Terps offer

Maryland, Pitt, and Penn State are in Madaras' Top 3.

Sam Madaras, an Offensive Guard for Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), helped lead his school to an 11-1 record and a WCAC Championship this past season, receiving offers from Eastern Kentucky, Hawaii, Miami (OH) and NC State along the way.

However, the junior lineman is waiting to hear from a few more schools of interest, one of which is the University of Maryland.

“I've been a Maryland fan since I was a kid,” Madaras said. “Schools close to my area I've always liked.”

Not only is College Park close to Madaras's home in Olney, Md., but his older brother Mike Madaras is a freshman offensive tackle for the Terps. Sam attended some Maryland games this past season to support his brother and got a flavor of Byrd Stadium.

“The injury situation kind of bummed me out but it was a good atmosphere,” he said. “I liked it; the fans are great.”

Madaras described the little contact he has had with the Terps coaching staff thus far to be very “generic.” However, he is keeping the Terps in his sights.

“If I get an offer there, I'd like to play with my brother,” he said.

The 6-foot-3, 325-pound athlete calls himself a power lineman, who is more of a run blocker than a pass blocker. Currently, Madaras is wrestling for Good Counsel, which allows him to hone his football skills of leverage, as well as hand and foot quickness.

While the second sport keeps Madaras in shape, it limits him in scheduling official visits. Attending Maryland football games has been his only real visit to a university that he is interested in. However, he plans on attending a few different camps at some point over the offseason, including one at the University of Pittsburgh.

Madaras most likely will not need to make cross-country trips to find the right program for him as he says he would prefer staying close to home. His Top 3 schools include Maryland, Pitt, and Penn State. Not only are these schools in the area, but they also offer good academics, which is a quality Madaras is looking for in a university.

“I will look at academics because football is not a stable career choice,” the junior said. “I want to be able to do something after football is said and done.”

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