BALTIMORE, Md. – The Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) is talent laden every single year, but the 2016 class is especially so. Boasting upwards of a half-dozen surefire FBS recruits and double-digit prospects who should ready the Division I level, it is arguably the most loaded crop in Maryland. But while the Ellison Jordans, Antonio Duprees and Devery Hamiltons will undoubtedly seize the headlines, a number of their classmates are set to emerge in the next or two.
That includes running back Dorian Maddox and linebacker Shamar Shanks, two good-looking prospects who should generate their fair share of interest.
Maddox, a 5-foot-11, 200-pounder with mid-4.5 40-yard dash speed, claims one early offer from Division I Charlotte. But a number of programs inquired about him during the spring evaluation period.
"It was good to get the offer from Charlotte, but I'm hearing from Maryland, Penn State, Rutgers and a couple others," said Maddox, who split time with Dupree last year. "The interest is starting to pick up for me, and I should see more once I go to a few camps."
The Gilman back is eager for camp season, but he did take two regular visits this offseason. Along with his teammates, he trekked to Maryland for a junior day, followed by a Penn State spring practice.
"I really like Maryland as a school and football program," Maddox said. "I liked all the coaches there, the atmosphere, and I feel like I could fit real well into their system as either a running back or slot. It's close to home, and I just really like [the Terps]."
Maddox had a chance to interact with several UMD coaches at the junior day. That includes his recruiter, Andre Powell.
"Coach Powell is a real good guy and I like him a lot," Maddox said. "He hasn't said much to me yet, but I think he's a good person and easy to talk to."
As far as PSU goes, Maddox said it was "real nice, real big" and raved about the campus and the program.
He plans to camp at numerous schools, including Maryland and those programs in the surrounding area, this summer. If he performs well at camp, followed by putting together a standout junior campaign, he figures to add a significant number of suitors by next offseason.
"My vision and speed separate me, but I'm working on my explosiveness and getting better with yards after contact," Maddox said. "I'm trying to be a complete running back this year. I want to help my team as best I can and just be a playmaker all over the field."
The linebacker Shanks, meanwhile, is a sturdy 6-1, 205-pounder who looks the part. Though a bit undersized, Shanks plays fast and hits hard, not to mention he showed solid instincts while filling in last season.
"I think I did pretty well last year. I started at the end and played in every game," said Shanks, who also runs track. "But this offseason I have some personal goals I'm trying to meet, like getting my legs stronger and becoming more explosive. I feel like I'm on track with that and ready to have a big year this year."
Shanks hasn't picked up any offers yet, but he's heard from his coaches several schools have expressed interest, namely the hometown program.
Like Maddox, he was able to visit Maryland for a junior day, in addition to Penn State.
"I really liked the junior day at Maryland. The coaches treated us well and it was a very nice school," Shanks said. "Maryland is a school I'd like to hear from."
The Gilman backer said ex-Greyhounds-turned-Terps Kenny Goins and Shane Cockerille have return to the Baltimore school. And while neither has pushed UMD specifically, they have delivered positive reports about the program.
"I know Kenny and Shane, and both of them said it's a good school and they like it there," said Shanks, who mentioned that he'd like to hear more from UMD, PSU and Virginia Tech. "I'd like to learn more about their program. It would be nice to play near home too. My family is from Baltimore, so I'm sure they'd like me to be close."
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