Terps Keeping Tabs on NYC DT

Maryland has been monitoring several New York area recruits, including a big defensive tackle from one of the NYC Burroughs. New Utrecht (Brooklyn, N.Y.) plugger Kadeen Dryden is a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder with a quick first step and plenty of power, and evidently he's been in touch with Terps area recruiter Lyndon Johnson.

Maryland has been monitoring several New York area recruits, including a big defensive tackle from one of the NYC Burroughs. New Utrecht (Brooklyn, N.Y.) plugger Kadeen Dryden is a 6-foot-3, 260-pounder with a quick first step and plenty of power, and evidently he's been in touch with Terps area recruiter Lyndon Johnson.

"Coach Johnson has talked to my head coach here, and I've spoken to him on the phone before," Dryden said. "He was supposed to come up to watch me work out. [Johnson] was telling me how he really likes my game, and how I'm a kid who doesn't get in trouble and stays clean. He said Maryland is looking for kids who will be role models on and off the field, and he thinks I'm that type of person."

But while Johnson and Co. may be showing initial interest in Dryden, there are a few issues that need to be resolved before any type of offer can be extended. The NYC product said most staffs want to make sure his transcripts are solid and if he'll pass through the Clearinghouse first.

"Most coaches, including Maryland, really like my film and how I play. They think I'm a great kid, I'm explosive off the ball and just an all-around good player," said Dryden, who has also been hearing from Temple, Buffalo, Syracuse, Connecticut and Boston College. "Maryland, and the others, they do want me to visit, and they do want me to meet the coaches down there, but everyone is waiting on my SAT scores to see if I'm eligible. I have a 2.4 GPA right now and I'm looking to get that up to a 3.0, and I'm still in the process of scheduling my SATs."

Currently Dryden is focusing on the books and hasn't taken any college visits. In fact, he doesn't plan to hit the road until the fall or after the season so he can fully concentrate on academics. He is intent on qualifying so he won't have to go the prep school route next season.

"I'm actually going to summer school this year just to make sure everything is right with my grades," he said. "That's why I won't be able to visit any schools like Maryland, because I'll be in my books. But I would like to definitely get down there [to College Park, Md.] after my season or maybe an official visit if the coaches are saying I could get the offer."

Dryden isn't privy to the Terps' program yet, but he does know of UMD's academic reputation and Big Ten shift.

"The Big Ten move is very appealing to me. That's a huge deal; it's more competition and everything is bigger and faster than the ACC," Dryden said. "It would be a great opportunity for me if I played there.

"And I know Maryland has good academics, and they have my major. I'm looking to do either athletic training or get into services, and I know Maryland has majors in both those areas."

For now, though, Dryden will keep UMD in mind and try to remain in contact with Johnson via social media. The New York tackle did say he may be able to visit a few nearby schools such as Syracuse, Buffalo or even BC, but that's all up in the air for the time being.

"Everything is going to depend on how I do with my SATs," Dryden said. "A lot of schools want to offer, but they're just waiting."

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