Terps Keeping Tabs on Top Jersey QB

Maryland put out plenty of quarterback feelers during the recent opening period, identifying a few top juniors who may eventually secure offers. One signal caller who made the short list just happened to be the No. 1 passer in New Jersey last fall, Wallington High's Ryan Adzima.

Maryland put out plenty of quarterback feelers during the recent opening period, identifying a few top juniors who may eventually secure offers. One signal caller who made the short list just happened to be the No. 1 passer in New Jersey last fall, Wallington High's Ryan Adzima. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is coming off a season where he threw for a mind-boggling 3,231 yards and 32 touchdowns, while adding in eight rushing touchdowns.

"Record-wise we were only 4-6, but offensively we were No. 1 in the state and I felt like I did really well personally," Adzima said. "We're predominantly a passing offense, and I'm comfortable in the shotgun, running the spread. I do a lot of rollouts since I throw well on the run, and I also do some zone-read and go under center once in a while too. I can run a little bit, but I'm not the type of guy who is going to look to scramble. I like to sit in the pocket, scan the field and use my arm to make plays."

Apparently Adzima made enough of them to pick Maryland's interest. Terps New Jersey recruiter Keith Dudzinksi made the trek to Wallington HS during the second week of the open period in order to check the big-armed junior out.

"Coach Dudzinksi said he was impressed with my stats, especially considering that there isn't a ton of Division I talent around me. A lot of the offense falls on me, so he was impressed with what I was able to do," Adzima said. "I already know [the Terps] love my arm and how I play, because I went down to a camp in July last year and Coach [Mike] Locksley loved me there. So Coach Dudzinksi didn't even have to ask about how well I threw and things like that."

Adzima has actually been in College Park, Md., twice before. In addition to the one-day he attened last July, he went to the Maryland-Clemson game during the gall. He said he enjoyed both times he was on campus and "absolutely loved" the school.

"I thought the facilities were really nice, and I really liked the feel of the place and being around the area," Adzima said. "Then when I went to the game against Clemson, I liked the atmosphere and how Maryland played. The Terps had their backup quarterback in and still hung in there, so I thought it was a pretty good performance. I like the way their offense works, and it's sort of like how we do things here [at Wallington]."

The Garden State gunslinger said he plans to return for a third visit during the winter, perhaps for a junior day. He went on to say that he's "really hoping" for an offer since he's particularly high on Maryland at this point.

"I would definitely go there if they offered," Adzima said. "I really like the school, I like Coach Locksley – he seems really smart and has a good offensive mind. I just feel like I can reach my potential as a quarterback there. Then the campus, the academics, the Big Ten move, it all sounds great to me."

Maryland isn't the only program that's looking at Adzima, however. Though no other programs visited Wallington during the open period, he is receiving interest from Rutgers, Cincinnati, Massachusetts, Buffalo, Miami, Virginia and possibly Penn State.

In addition, he's taken visits or attended camps at Virginia, Maryland, Rutgers, Miami and Southern California.

"I liked Rutgers; it's close to home and my former offensive coordinator when I was at Don Bosco my freshman year is the tight ends coach [at RU] now. So I like that about Rutgers," Adzima said. "I also liked Miami a lot when I went to their camp. Their QB coach loved me, and every time there was a great receiver-DB matchup they wanted me to throw the pass. I definitely want to get back there.

"Another one I liked was UVA; I liked the campus and the staff. And USC, I went all the way out there because my sister was looking at colleges out there. I stopped by their camp, and I loved it out there. Coach [Lane] Kiffin said he's be looking at me, but I don't know about the new staff; I'll have to send them my film."

This offseason Adzima plans to visit nearby regional schools such as Maryland, Rutgers, Penn State and possibly others. He'll also take a West Coast swing and hit USC and Stanford, while he wants to get back to Miami if he has time.

"I'm hoping to pick up some offers here shortly," Adzima said. "I'd definitely like to have some options and commit before my senior season so I can just focus on high school and my team."

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