"Maryland is my number one"

A day after word came out that one of the Terp's defensive targets for 2007 is close to committing, a player who appears to be one of their priority recruits on the offensive side of the ball said the Terps are solidly in the top position for his services.

Patterson Catholic (NJ) rising senior Malcolm Harris, a 5-10, 190-pound running back, reiterated that Maryland is easily ahead of the other schools currently on his list – Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Purdue and Rutgers.

“Maryland is my number one,” said Harris, who rushed for 1,600 yards and 24 touchdowns last season, leading Patterson to the New Jersey private schools state title.

Harris, whose coach has compared his style to that of NFL star Warrick Dunn, hit it off with Terps recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazo when he came to College Park for Junior Day.

“Coach Sollazo was just a real cool, down to earth guy,” said Harris, who added his academics are in good shape.

He also felt at home in College Park.

“I want to be somewhere that I can adapt to fast and feel at home,’ he said. “I really liked it there.”

Harris, a three-star recruit, has visited Syracuse and Pittsburgh and plans to visit Purdue. He’s looking to recruit sometime during the upcoming season, during which he’ll be making an official visit to College Park.

He also said there exists a good possibility he and teammate Markeece Preston -- an all-state defensive lineman whom the Terps have offered – will go to college together. It appears it may come down to Maryland and Pittsburgh, the two teams who’ve offered scholarships to both players.

“We really want to do it,” Harris said. “He’s going to go down there with me when I make my official visit.”


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