GAITHERSBURG, Md. – Quince Orchard High School typically churns out an FBS-level recruit every year, and the next “name to know” at the Gaithersburg school is sophomore running back Marvin Beander. A 5-foot-9, 170-pounder with sub-4.5-second 40-yard-dash speed, Beander is already closing in on his first verbal offers.
“This kid is unbelievable,” Quince Orchard head coach John Kelly said. “He’s probably the best running back we’ve had here, and he has the best feet I’ve ever seen here. He’s going to get a ton of looks.”
Some of those early looks are coming from the likes of N.C. State, Maryland and Rutgers. Apparently the Wolfpack are on the verge of offering.
“I haven’t really heard anything myself, but my coach said there’s some schools looking at me,” Beander said. “It’s just an honor to get these kinds of opportunities as a sophomore, but I’m not even really thinking about recruiting right now. I’m focused on getting better as a player and in the classroom.”
That may be the case, but Beander does have one school he said he’s “love” to have an offer from. And it happens to be the university just a half-hour from his home.
“I grew up watching Maryland football,” Beander said. “I catch most of their games on TV, and I just like watching them play. I wasn’t able to get up there [for a game] this year, but I should be going to a junior day and [to a camp] in the summer.”
Although he likes head coach Randy Edsall’s program, Beander doesn’t know too much about the Terps yet. He said he’ll find out more this offseason, however.
“I haven’t really looked into them yet, but I know they’re in the Big Ten and are going to a bowl game this year. I know they have all the Under Armour uniforms and things like that,” Beander said. “I know it’s a good school too. I’m definitely going to be looking into them.”
Beander’s teammate, senior defensive tackle Adam McLean, just committed to UMD Dec. 4. The sophomore back said it was a “great pickup” for the Terps.
“I thought that was really cool. That was really great for Adam and for Maryland,” said Beander, who has no other visits in mind other than a trip to College Park, Md. “He’s a really good player and that’s big for Maryland.”
Beander is coming off a season where he toted the ball 100 times for 752 yards and 14 touchdowns. He helped Quince Orchard reach 10 wins and advance to the second round of the playoffs.
“It was a good year. For a sophomore to be able to get on the field and make an impact, I think I did real good,” Beander said. “I’m fast, I have good vision, I can break tackles, I have good feet and I can break away. I have to get stronger and work on reading my blocks.”
Beander A Rising Star RB
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