Massachusetts OL Loving It In College Park

Maryland’s Massachusetts area recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, has been in contact with Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.) offensive tackle Eddy Fish for a few months now, and March 25 the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder was able to meet UMD’s defensive coordinator in person. Fish, along with his father, took his first visit to College Park, Md., and came away raving.

Maryland’s Massachusetts area recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, has been in contact with Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.) offensive tackle Eddy Fish for a few months now, and March 25 the 6-foot-6, 290-pounder was able to meet UMD’s defensive coordinator in person. Fish, along with his father, took his first visit to College Park, Md., and came away raving.

“I definitely liked the whole school in general; I gathered a whole lot of information about Maryland and really liked what I took away,” said Fish, who has been in touch with a number of programs but lacks an offer to date. “The academic part of the school was really strong, the coaches were great, the facilities were awesome and just the area in general was really cool. I really liked Maryland, and I could definitely see myself living here and playing here for four years.”

Fish said he spent the majority of his March 25 stay chatting up Dudzinski and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. The Massachusetts product mentioned how Dudzinski related to him on a personal level, while Studrawa hit on all the football aspects of the program.

“I love Coach Dud; through most of my recruitment he’s just been great,” Fish said. “The great thing about Coach Dud, and, really, all the coaches at Maryland, is they look at their players as more than just football players. The players there aren’t just numbers; they’re people who [the coaches] want to see succeed in life, in the classroom, wherever. The coaches [at Maryland] are very personal and take the time to get to know you, and that really stood out to me. And from Coach [Randy] Edsall on down, they really emphasize academics, which I liked a lot.

“Then I had a long talk with Coach Dud and also Coach Stud, and it was great to meet [Studrawa] in person. We were talking football, life, offensive line stuff – everything. He’s coached some great O-lines and his team at LSU won a national title. He’s done it all in college football, and he seems like a guy I can definitely learn a lot from and who can develop my game.”

Fish said he watched Studrawa and Maryland’s offensive line closely during practice. The Lawrence Academy prospect said he was impressed with the group’s chemistry and how they took to Studrawa’s coaching.

“The entire practice I was watching the line, and I liked how the players handle Coach Stud’s instructions very well,” Fish said. “They were quick on their feet, they did a good job picking up blitzes, they were opening holes – overall really impressive.”

Fish went on to say that “in general” he loved touring around College Park and taking in the campus. He lauded the upgraded facility plans, as well as Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas, which he and his father saw the day before.

“Just seeing what Maryland is building there, it’s going to be great. I don’t think any school in the country outside of a few can match what they’re doing at Maryland with the new upgrades,” Fish said. “So that was really impressive, and just hanging out in Georgetown and D.C., that was really cool too. It’s a really nice area down [around College Park], and I could definitely see myself here.”

As far as a potential offer is concerned, Fish said the Terps’ coaches would like him to return for a summer camp so they can further evaluate him. Which the Lawrence Academy product plans to do sometime this June.

“Just talking to Coach [Randy] Edsall, I think Maryland really likes me and they think I can be someone they look at offering,” Fish said. “They want me back down there again soon, and they said they’d be in touch and would be visiting my school. Coach Dud was saying how he’s looking forward to continuing the recruiting process with me. Coach Edsall and all, they were upfront and honest with me, which I appreciated.”

Next up for Fish is a visit to Temple and Villanova March 26, followed by his first trip to Connecticut March 27. After that, he plans to see Wake Forest, Duke and possibly Virginia.

Fish was previously at Rutgers, Syracuse, Umass, BC and Michigan State.

“Right now I’d say BC, Syracuse, Rutgers, Maryland, Nova and UMass are recruiting me the hardest,” Fish said. “UConn and Temple just entered the picture, and Michigan State just contacted me too. So it’s been a good start so far, and I could see myself playing at any of the schools I’ve seen. It’s a good situation for me right now, and hopefully some of these schools will offer.”

Fish isn’t sure which program will ante up first, though he said ideally he’d “love to have Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse and Boston College.” He should have a clearer idea where he stands with each following camp season.

“Hopefully I’ll have a few options to consider this summer,” Fish said. “But you never know how things will play out. Right now it’s looking like I’ll go to camps this summer, then send out some film [this fall] and see what schools look at me after that.

“I’m really not in a rush here – just going through the process and trying to get noticed. When I find the right fit and I find a school that wants me, that’s the school I’ll commit to. I’m not looking to get recruited by a ton of schools – just find that right fit.”

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