Maryland hosted its latest offensive line offeree for the spring game April 11, with Terek Zingale making the six-hour trek down from Macedonia, Ohio, with his family. The Nordonia High product, who added his Terps verbal in early April, said he was thoroughly impressed with College Park, Md., and could “definitely” see himself playing for head coach Randy Edsall.
“Maryland was just great – really nice,” said Zingale, who holds verbals from UMD and Illinois, along with several smaller programs. “I really enjoyed myself, and my parents did as well. The coaches, the campus, the facilities, it was all great.
“So I’d say Maryland is at the top right now. I’m pretty set on Maryland; it just felt like home.”
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Zingale said he was originally scheduled to visit Purdue April 11 since the Boilermakers had been showing some interest. But the Ohio product reneged after speaking to his Terps area recruiter, Greg Studrawa.
“I’m known Coach Stud for about three weeks now, and we’re building a good relationship. He’s a real cool guy,” Zingale said. “So we were talking after I got the offer [from Maryland], and he was like, ‘You know, we have our spring game April 11. Why go to Purdue when they haven’t offered and [the Terps] have?’ So I told him that was a good point and we decided to go to Maryland instead.”
And apparently Zingale made the right decision. He said College Park was everything he expected and more.
“Just walking around down there and then meeting the coaches, it’s just awesome,” Zingale said. “I checked out the facilities, the Under Armour stuff, that was really cool. Then we saw the engineering facilities and the dorms, and that was really nice too. I want to study engineering and Maryland has a great program for that.
“The one thing that really stood out, though, was the way they ran their team with the academics. The coaches there ensure that you do good in school and are set academically. That was an eye-opener.”
Zingale had a long conversation with Edsall about said education. The Nordonia product said the headman’s message resonated in a major way.
“Coach Edsall said they take very specific people there and don’t just offer anyone,” Zingale said. “They want hard working, good character kids who do good in school and don’t quit. So when he said that, you know, it was very complementary and made me feel good that people out there are noticing the work I’m putting in.”
The one reservation Zingale had coming into the visit was the distance from Ohio to Maryland. He originally said he wanted to attend school closer to home, perhaps at a Midwest program.
“But, really, six hours isn’t that big of a deal,” Zingale said. “The [location] isn’t a big problem. Maryland is fine.”
Before Zingale makes up his mind, however, he does want to check out Illinois. He isn’t sure exactly when he’ll be able to visit the Illini, but suggested it would be sometime later this month or in May.
“After that [trip to Illinois] I should be ready to make my decision,” Zingale said. “I just want to see what it’s like there and compare it to Maryland. Like I said, Maryland is going to be hard to top, but I do just want to see what Illinois is like.”
Last season at Nordonia Zingale played mainly right tackle, though he did see some time at left tackle and on defense. He said he played “pretty well” all around, but wants to continue working on his leverage and firing off the ball lower.
Zingale Has Terps 'At The Top' Following Trip
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