DT Blue is Maryland's Fifth Verbal Commit

The Terps football staff has formed a pipeline to an unexpected place in recent years – namely, Wilde Lake High School in traditionally talent-thin Howard County – and it paid off once again Thursday morning in the form of a verbal commitment from 6-foot-5, 280-pound defensive tackle Cody Blue.

Blue, who had long been considered a Maryland lean, committed to Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen Thursday, picking the Terps over offers from Illinois and Pitt, the only two other schools he'd looked into.

"He's been wanting to commit to Maryland for a long time. I told him don't jump into something until you're sure it's where you want to go," said Wilde Lake coach Doug Duvall, who has sent quite a few players to College Park during Friedgen's tenure.

Former Terps Tony Jackson and Mario Merrills were Wilde Lake alumni, as is current offensive tackle Dane Randolph, 2008 linebacker commit Zach Brown and, now Blue. Part of the reason for the pipeline is a pre-existing relationship between Duvall and Friedgen; the two were graduate assistants together many years ago, and Duvall they share mutual trust and respect.

But Duvall said it's been about more than that.

"It's a chance to go to a great program that fits Cody well," he said. "I don't make the choice for them."

Blue's commodity lies in his combination of size and quickness. He runs a five second 40-yard dash and moves very fluidly on the line.

"He's real agile for a big man," Duvall said.

The Terps have now wrapped up verbals from three defensive tackle types in Blue, Teddy Dargan and A.J. Francis, and would appear to be pretty well-stocked for the future – a welcome sight after a few somewhat thin years in the middle of the D-line.

Meanwhile, Duvall said Brown, a 6-foot-2, 212-pound athlete supreme, remains committed to the Terps even though schools are likely to continue recruiting him next year while he attends Hargrave Military Academy.

"I'd be surprised if he didn't end up at Maryland," Duvall said.

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