Red Bank Catholic is popular recruiting spot for colleges all over the country as the New Jersey power routinely churns out Division I talents. For Maryland's purposes, assistant Keith Dudzinski has been active in the school, going after the likes of defensive end Garrett Sickels two years ago, offensive tackle Quenton Nelson last year, and linebacker Jamie Gordinier in this year's class.
And down the line in the 2016 crop, Red Bank has a safety prospect that has apparently caught the Terps' eye as well. Eddie Hahn, a 6-foot-3, 190-pounder who doubles as a quarterback, doesn't hold any firm offers yet, but UMD and plenty of others are hot on his trail early.
"I have Miami, Maryland, Virginia, Boston College, Penn State, Northwestern, Duke, Rutgers and Old Dominion looking at me, and I'd say BC, Maryland, Northwestern and Virginia are pushing the hardest," Hahn said. "Those coaches [UMD, BC, Northwestern and UVA] are saying my highlight film is very impressive, they'd love to get me on campus and they'd love to have me out for a camp."
Which Hahn plans to do starting this spring. In fact, his very fist college trip will be to College Park, Md., April 4.
"I don't know much about Maryland yet, but I'm looking forward to getting down there because our school just got sponsored by Under Armour and I know Maryland is a big Under Armour school too," Hahn said. "And I know they're in the Big Ten now, and I love Big Ten ball. Those are the teams I watch – the ones in the Big Ten."
Hahn has also stayed in touch with Dudzinski via social media. He's seen the Terps' Jersey recruiter at his school before and said he's a relatable personality who he'd like to continue building a relationship with.
"Coach Dudzinski tells me he likes me on offense and defense, but he's mainly looking at me for safety. He loves how athletic I am," Hahn said. "It was pretty cool, I play basketball [at Red Bank], and he sat in on like two basketball practices. And he was in last year recruiting Quenton and I got to see him then too, so he's seen me the last two years. He said he could definitely find a spot for me at offense or defense."
While Hahn would love to sit under center in college, he's not opposed to trying his hand on defense. He said his athleticism, quickness and height should allow him to excel as a centerfielder.
"A lot of schools want to try me at QB, and I'd like to play quarterback, but as long as I'm on the filed I really don't care," Hahn said. "I'm not biased. If I like the school, and they want to play me at safety, that's fine. Position isn't going to be my deciding factor."
A day after Hahn takes in the Terps, he plans to travel down to Charlottesville, Va., in order to check out the Cavaliers. He said Virginia was actually the first program to personally invite him for a visit, so he's excited to see the school and meet the coaches.
"Coach [Steve] Fairchild who recruits me is really cool, and he definitely wants me down there," Hahn said. "I have a really good relationship with him. He's saying they really like my game, come to camp and that maybe I'll get an offer after that."
Hahn hasn't researched Virginia much yet, but its academic reputation is widely known. The Jersey safety/quarterback is an honors student at Red Bank, and education will be a priority for him when selecting a school.
"Virginia is a really good academic school, the best out there for public schools," Hahn said. "They're like top five in the nation overall. So that really stands out about them right now."
Hahn has only seen one program so far – Penn State last fall. He said while the Nittany Lions were in touch under former coach Bill O'Brien , the new staff under James Franklin is still evaluating him. Even so, Hahn is intrigued by the potential opportunity to play in State College, Pa.
"You get a chance to play in front of 105,000 people. That's every kid's dream," Hahn said. "Penn State is a great school, I'd love to hear more from them again."
Don't misunderstand, PSU isn't necessarily Hahn's "dream" school. That would be Miami, which he plans to visit sometime this summer.
"For some reason I just always liked the orange and green color combination that Miami has," Hahn said, laughing. "But I'm pretty much open to anyone that's interested in me. I don't have any favorites right now."
Last year Hahn said he rotated with the team's senior quarterback, playing one series under center and the next at safety. He ended up completing 17 of 33 passes for 367 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 245 yards and four scores. Defensively, Hahn recorded 26 tackles and two interceptions, one of which he took back for a touchdown.
"At quarterback, I have a good arm, but the combination of my arm and feet are what separates me," said Hahn, who runs a 4.7 40-yard dash. "I can really make guys miss in the open field. And at safety, my coverage is better than my run support right now. I'm good with my breaks and I'm good in the air. I definitely think I'm athletic enough to play defense in college."
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