Terps Still With Interest In Atwood

The Terps are still very interested in Gaithersburg junior defensive back Dan Atwood, Gaithersburg coach Kreg Kephart said.

"I talked to coach [Dave] Sollazzo last night and they're very interested in getting him down for their Junior Day," Kephart said.

TSR, you'll recall, has profiled Atwood a few times.

The 5-10, 180-pound strong safety was recently named first-team All-County in Montgomery County after a stellar junior year during which he rushed for 1,098 yards and 10 touchdowns on more than eight yards per carry, intercepted three passses -- including a 99-yard TD return -- forced seven fumbles, had seven sacks and recorded 60 tackles.

As his name has begun to get out, it seems increasingly likely Atwood will have numerous offers coming his way in the not-too-distant future.

"Interest is picking up," said Kephart, who listed Purdue, Virginia, Notre Dame, Oregon and Rutgers among the schools to have recently inquired about the standout athlete. "The coach from Rutgers was absolutely ecstatic about him."

Atwood does not have any visits planned, but will be attending several Junior Days this summer, and remains a recruit of high interest for the Terps.

Meantime, the Trojans have a junior whom the Terps will certainly be recruiting in defensive lineman Sean Stanley. Because he's only a sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder cannot be contacted by college coaches, but Kephart has been frequently receiving inquiries.

Stanley is a likely defensive end on the collefe level, although he could play tight end. He wears a size 17 shoe already, so there's not telling how big he'll turn out.

"He runs a 4.7," Kephart said, "and probably has the best hands on the team."

Stanley was an honorable mention all-county performer, although he probably could have been more highly recognized had he not been a sophomore. He has all the makings of a future big-timer.

TSR will keep you posted on the up-and-coming stars at Gaithersburg High School...

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