As Maryland prepares to move to the BIg Ten in 2014, the Terps are in need of some big powerful offensive lineman to battle in the trenches. On, August 25 the Terps' line got a much need boost when they received a commitment from Iowa Western Community College left Tackle Larry Mazyck.
The 6-foot-8, 340-pounder was actually already committed to Maryland back in 2011. The Washington D.C. native verbally committed to the Terps after his junior year at Friendship Collegiate, however his scholarship was pulled about a month before signing day.
"That kind of left a bitter taste in my mouth," Mazyck said. "Being from the area and everything, I just always wanted to play at Maryland."
Mazyck attended Fork Union Military academy for his senior year and went on to play for Mike Locksley, who was then the head coach at the University of New Mexico. When Locksley left New Mexico, Mazyck enrolled at Iowa Western Community College.
Locksley, who is now the Terps' offensive coordinator, and Mazyck reconnected this summer when Maryland started expressing interest in the local lineman.
"I am from D.C. so I got back in touch with them and that is kind of how things picked back up," Mazyck said. "Coach Locksley being there did have some type of influence, but even if he wasn't there and I had the opportunity to go to Maryland I still would have. [Maryland] That is just where I want to be."
After a summer of conversation, Mazyck finally picked up his coveted offer from the Terps two days ago.
"When I initially got the scholarship offer I just found out from my coach here at Iowa Western," Mazyck said. "I actually just got off the phone with Coach Edsall a few hours ago, and he basically confirmed that there was a scholarship offer for me."
Once Mazyck heard the offer was official it didn't take long for him to pull the trigger.
"Coach Edsall told me about what they expected of me and everything and it all sounded good," Mazyck said. "So then, I just told him I accepted the offer."
"He was just excited he was just really excited. He passed the phone around and I got to to talk to Coach Locksley and Coach Brattan," Mazyck said. "They just congratulated me and they are looking forward to having me come in and start working.
After red-shirting last season at Iowa Western, Mazyck returned to field yesterday for the his first game.
"I started and I did pretty good," Mazyck said. "It felt good to be back out there."
Mazyck said he plans to enroll at Maryland in January, and he is not the only one looking forward to his homecoming.
"My mom is pretty excited too. We have been traveling since 2011, so she said it was about time," Mazyck said. "I texted all my brothers they were all pretty excited too. They are ready to come see some games."
As for Mazyck himself?
"It has been a long time, so it feels nice and it feels good to be were I always wanted to be," Mazyck said. "I feel pretty good I am ready to step up and play for my home team and represent for my area."
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