Mazyck Happy to be Home, Enjoys Official

Not since the summer has Iowa Western (Council Bluffs, Iowa) offensive tackle Larry Mazyck had a chance to return home to Washington, D.C. But with the junior college regular season coming to a close, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound four-star recruit finally had a chance to take a brief two-day weekend visit back to the east coast, stopping by his future college home for an official visit.

Not since the summer has Iowa Western Community College (Council Bluffs, Iowa) offensive tackle Larry Mazyck had a chance to return home to Washington, D.C. But with the junior college regular season coming to a close, the 6-foot-7, 320-pound four-star recruit finally had a chance to take a brief two-day weekend visit back to the east coast, stopping by his future college home for an official visit.

Mazyck, a class of 2011 University of Maryland commitment out of Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.), took in College Park, Md., and had a chance to reacquaint himself with the school he's wanted to be at the last two years.

"It was good to be back home, see my family and just being around the people I know and grew up with," said Mazyck, who, after his UMD pledge fell through three years ago, spent a year at Fork Union Military Academy (Fork Union, Va.), the University of New Mexico and finally Iowa Western. "My mom came with me on my visit [to Maryland], so that was good. She's always liked Maryland; we had a good time."

Mazyck said he arrived on campus Saturday morning and met with the staff and several players before their game that afternoon against Syracuse. Being from D.C., the big left tackle is already familiar with numerous current Terps, including Daniel Adams, Deon Long, Albert Reid, Jermaine Carter, Cavon Walker and Yannick Ngakoue.

Of course, he also has a longstanding rapport with offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who coached him at New Mexico and has known Mazyck since his Friendship Collegiate days.

"The visit went real good, just being with my [future] teammates and things, getting to know everybody there and seeing the coaches again," Mazyck said. "I talked to all the coaches – Coach Locksley, Coach [Randy] Edsall, Coach [Tom] Brattan. Then I talked to some of the linemen, Daniel Adams was my host, Albert, Deon, all of them. It was good."

Mazyck said the highlight of his trip was hanging out with his friends from back home. He said Adams, a New Mexico transfer that Mazyck played with, showed him a good time, while the rest of the guys "were all chill."

"Guys like Daniel, I've known them forever, so it was good to hang out with them again," Mazyck said. "We spent some time in D.C., and that was fun. We went to the Capital Grille, and I got a nice steak dinner. All the recruits were there, too, like Derwin [Gray], Damian [Prince], Jalen [Tabor]. I'm not sure what they thought [about the visit], but I had a good time."

Before heading out with the team, though, Mazyck and the fellow recruits sat in on pregame position meetings and watched how the Terps prepared for Syracuse. Unfortunately for them, though, they had to endure Maryland's 20-3 loss to the Orange.

Mazyck was hesitant to comment on the game, before offering, "they probably need a little work. But they had some guys hurt, so it's hard to get down on them. Just work on a few things, bring in a few more big recruits, that'll get it done."

The D.C. lineman said he paid attention to the Terps' offensive line, which featured a freshman starter at left tackle and had a bit of trouble mitigating the Syracuse rush.

"I just think there's some space for me there to step in and play right away," Mazyck said. "I think if I keep working and prove myself I might be able to step in and play right away next year. That's always a plus."

The next day, Mazyck met with several advisors and talked to the staff once again. He said the coaches' message, from Locksley and Edsall, was consistent across the board.

"The main thing is they want me to finish strong and be ready to get out here in January," Mazyck said. "It wasn't anything earth shattering, but I told them I'd be ready. Just finish strong with my grades, finish strong on the field, and I'll be good to go."

Mazyck has certainly had a strong season on the field thus far. He's blocked for a potent Iowa Western attack -- one that last year featured current Terps receiver Deon Long -- and helped the Reivers to a 10-1 season with a bowl game still remaining.

"I'm pretty excited for the bowl; it was a great year," Mazyck said. "I've gotten a lot better as a player. Experience, that's the main thing. Just getting more reps, and being in college for two years now, I've gotten better all around. Pass blocking, run blocking, I've picked it up all-around."

There's no doubt the Terps could use an experienced, hulking left tackle, especially with starter Mike Madaras leaving the program just recently. But although Locksley had been in touch with the former FCA star, the Terps didn't begin seriously pursuing Mazyck again until the summer. But with the team in need of offensive line help, Edsall finally extended an offer back in August, prompting Mazyck to take a campus visit. Shortly after meeting with Edsall in person, he re-upped with the Terps, choosing them over offers from Iowa, Arizona State, Kansas State and others.

Since then, despite a few forays from other staffs, Mazyck has remained sold on Maryland. Even though the Terps have struggled as of late, the chance to return home and be near his family was an opportunity he couldn't pass up.

"I've been eager to get back because it's home," Mazyck said. "I committed to [Maryland] back in 2011, but things didn't work out. So they're giving me another shot. [My family], we've been waiting for Maryland for two years now. We're ready. It's been a long time coming."

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