COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- While scouting Landon (Bethesda, Md.), and of course touted senior-to-be linebacker Keith Simms, another Bears player has jumped out at the Terps staff this year.
And he was in attendance at the Terps' 7-on-7 camp on June 20 at UMD, though on the sidelines with an ankle injury suffered while playing for the Landon summer league hoops team last week.
An intriguing rising senior as well is Bears linebacker/tight end Mark Ebo, who Terps assistant Chad Wilt is apparently monitoring as well, and he checks in at 6-3, 215 pounds and with a lot of athleticism/pop.
"Either tight end or outside linebacker," Ebo said of his college position, while watching the Bears compete at the Terps' practice field.
He is a rangy-thick athlete with a 4.65 40 yard dash, and top grades with most of the Ivy league having offered as well as Davidson. Penn, Princeton, Yale and Harvard lead the Ivy march.
"Most are looking at me as that outside linebacker or D-end spot," Ebo said, who had four sacks, as well as two touchdown receptions at tight end as a junior.
Of Nigerian descent and living in the Rock Creek Park area of Northwest, D.C., Ebo has Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Iowa and others in touch as well, and he plans to visit most this summer.
"And then I visited here, with Keith, for a Terps Junior Day and a basketball game this winter," Ebo said. "I love Maryland, nice campus, and I could definitely see myself here. There is so much going for it, so much tradition and all the other stuff."
Ebo has been on campus at UMD five times now, and the staff has told him to stay and touch and keep camping and working.
In the classroom he has a 3.7 GPA and a 1,750 combined SAT score.
Dad is a big man, at 6-1, 260 pounds, "and everyone thinks he played football. It's pretty funny, they all talk about him as a player or something, but he did not play," Mark Ebo said
Ebo also competes in track at Landon, as well as hoops.
He hopes to study business at college.
As for his emerging game, Ebo said "bigger. faster, stronger is what I am really trying to go for," he said.
Ebo did not play as a sophomore, so "I am still perfecting my craft." But he has a lot of upside once the game comes more easily. Ebo began Boys' and Girls' Club ball in Georgetown as a youth, including with Keith Simms, and other local DC stars.
Next up, Ebo has summer camp visitations likely to the aforementioned schools, as well as Maryland again, though a date has not been set. Landon coaches confirmed Maryland's interest in Ebo, while the Terps staff were busy watching most of Landon's games with Simms starring. Ebo was relegated to the sidelines with the injury, which he hopes will be cleared by the coming week.
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