On Saturday, the University of Maryland football team traveled to Middletown (Md.) High School for the second of its two open scrimmages this spring. The event attracted over 1,500 spectators and one of those attendees was Terps' prospect and Middletown (Md.) High offensive lineman Justin Falcinelli. Falcinelli talks about the Terps' scrimmage on his home turf and the latest on his recruitment with TurtleSportsReport.com
Falcinelli leaned over the fenced as he watched Maryland walk out on his home turf at Middletown High School on Saturday. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound lineman was soaking in the experience.
"It is very humbling that they came all the way out here to practice at our field," said Falcinelli. "It is great in terms of bringing the community out here. It is kind of surreal to see a college team playing on my home field, but it is definitely a cool feeling."
Randy Edsall's effort to build stronger ties in the local community has not gone unnoticed by Falcinelli.
"I think the effort to try and keep the talented players from here (Maryland) in-state is great," said Falcinelli. "There are a lot of fantastic high schools and when you get good players the state coming to support their hometown school, you can do really well in terms of football."
Falcinelli's ties to Maryland go beyond his hometown affiliation, he also has a family tie to university.
"My older brother actually already goes to Maryland and he loves it there," said
Falcinelli. "It would be cool to go to school with him and be close to home."
The Middletown lineman has visited Maryland on numerous occasions, most recently for the Terps' junior day on Feb 16. Falcinelli attended the Maryland-Duke basketball game and had the opportunity to talk with Maryland's assistant coaches Greg Gattuso and Tom Brattan.
"A very exciting experience," said Falcinelli. "It was pretty crazy , but it was great to see the support the students had for their team."
"It was actually my first college basketball game ," said Falcinelli. "My brother goes to Maryland was actually able to come to the game with me so that was pretty cool."
Falcinelli said he has a built a good relationship with the Maryland coaching staff, especially his recruiter, Greg Gattuso.
"Coach Gattuso and I try and talk a lot and get to know each other," said Falcinelli. "He and Coach [Tom] Brattan are great guys."
"He says he thinks I am a guy who can contribute to the team on the offensive line right away," said Falcinelli.
Falcinelli already plans on returning to campus for Maryland's spring game on Friday, April 12.
"Maryland in definitely in the top of my list," said Falcinelli. "Just being from here and everything and my relationship with the coaches."
However Falcinelli's recruitment is just beginning to heat up, he picked up offers from West Virginia and Tennessee over the weekend. The Middletown lineman said he is not ready to narrow his list down, but does know what he is looking for in his future program.
"The biggest factors I am looking for are good academics and good football," said Falcinelli. "I need a good education because that is going to take me through life and football because well , I just love football." Falcinelli added, "and the coaching staff is probably one of the biggest factors."
Falcinelli Embracing Hometown Team
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