After losing a verbal commitment from bruising running back Johnathan Thomas, who is now part of Penn State's 2014 class, Maryland seems to have refocused its recruiting efforts to a faster, quicker and more elusive type of runner. Which makes sense considering the Terps already have a couple battering rams and are in need of more open-field playmakers in the Jacquille Veii mold.
So far the staff seems to have identified at least two potential candidates, local speedster Phillip Butler from Linganore (Frederick, Md.), whom we recently profiled, and Virginia Beach burner Anthony Scott from Green Run. Scott, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound whirling dervish, has chimed in a few times regarding his recruiting, and as the offseason moves on his college interest seems to be increasing.
"So far I have offers from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Old Dominion and James Madison," Scott said. "And my coach told me Maryland is about to offer and UNC is about to offer. There's a few others, too, but those are the ones I know about."
Of the schools that have already offered, Virginia Tech and East Carolina may have the upper hand. He's already scheduled official visits to each of those schools, the latter on Jan. 17 and the former on Jan. 24.
"Virginia Tech, they've been talking to me a lot," Scott said. "They're looking for a fast back, somebody who can get 45, 50 yards every time they touch the bal, and that's the kind of back I am.
"And Tech is a school I've liked since I was a little boy. It's a real good fit for me. I was there for a camp and had a real god time then, and then I'm going back for the official. I'm looking forward to that; the coaches seem like really good guys."
East Carolina has been on Scott the longest, and at one time he was thought to be a Pirates "lock." That may no longer be the case, but the Green Run back does want to get a better look at the program.
"ECU has been on me for awhile," Scott said. "I'm excited to get over there and check them out. Their coaches have really good things to say."
But that doesn't necessarily mean those two are "favorites" per se. Scott said he's staying patient as college assistants stream through his school, pick up his transcripts and evaluate him. He said Clemson is supposed to be coming in shortly, and a few others may stop by Green Run as well.
"I'm going to see what options I have; there's a lot of schools looking at me," Scott said. "I'm waiting for anything; I'll go anywhere to play football as long as the school wants me."
That includes Maryland, which has apparently been in touch with Scott's coach. Scott doesn't know much about the Terps yet, but if they did pursue in earnest he said he's be all ears.
"My coach said they're really interested, so we'll see if they offer. The coaches are supposed to be getting back [about an offer] real soon," Scott said. "I know [Maryland] had a good season and are going to a bowl game. That's real good for them. And my friend, he went up there for a camp, and he had a lot of good things to say about them. I've never heard anything bad about Maryland.
"If they offered I'd definitely visit. I want to take all five officials, so that's a school I'd like to check out."
In the classroom, Scott said he's getting A's and B's right now, but has to bump up his ACT score a bit.
"My grades are fine though," Scott said. "I should be good to go; I'm taking the ACTs later this month."
This season, Green totaled 2,154 all-purpose yards, including 1,300 rushing and 901 receiving. He had one game where he totaled five touchdowns and another where he scored four times and racked up over 300 all-purpose yards.
During the summer, he claims he ran a 4.29 40-yard dash at East Carolina's one-day, which is just a few ticks slower than Chris Johnson territory.
"I'll get there," laughed Scott, who is running track this offseason. "My speed is what separates me. I'll get there."
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