Maryland in Hunt For SC Tackle

There is no doubt Maryland likes its offensive linemen big. Judging from some of their targets you might think their motto is "the bigger the better" so it should come as no surprise that Maryland is in the hunt for this 6-foot-6, 285-pound lineman from South Carolina.

Offensive tackle Stephen St. John out of Dutch Fork HS in Irmo, SC holds a Maryland offer and plans to pick a school in the very near future so he can focus on his senior year without distraction. Maryland's offer lumps the Terps in a group of three schools from which St. John will likely make his choice.

"Right now I have three scholarships on the table," said St. John. "I'm not going to any more camps and I'm just looking to have a fantastic year and lead the team to a state championship. I've been offered by Maryland, Marshall and Wake Forest and the other schools that are showing interest are Middle Tennessee and UNC."

Each of the three schools to have offered St. John brings something different to the table that appeals to him.

"I like Marshall because that's the first school that recruited me and I really like the coaching staff," he said. "[With] Maryland I like their winning tradition. I want to study criminology and they have the number one criminology department in the nation and I can get internships with the different law enforcement agencies around there. I like Wake Forest because it's a really good academic school and I used to live right around there so it's kind of like an at-home feeling around the area."

St. John has visited all three schools at the top of his list and got his first look at Maryland last month.

"I really enjoyed the Maryland visit. I got to see the area and I got to meet all the coaches and I sat down and talked with Coach Friedgen. [They told me] they liked my film and they wanted me to be a Maryland Terp."

If St. John is leaning towards any one school he's not tipping his hand as he claims they're all even right now. They won't have to wait long for his decision though as he expects to make it soon.

"Within the next month or two if not sooner," he said of making the decision. "I want to decide early just because I think that getting it out and deciding will help me focus on my schoolwork and helping me have a better senior year."

"I'm just going to weigh the pros and cons of each team and talk it over with my parents and then I'll make my decision."

St. John lists his footwork and football speed as his strengths and says he's working on improving his overall strength. He is a good student who should have no problems qualifying.

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