Spann has Terps No. 1

The Terps coaching staff is no stranger to Paterson, New Jersey. Maryland currently has a handful of Paterson prospects on their radar right now, including one player who clearly favors the Terps, safety Marquis Spann.


The 5-foot-10, 200-pound New Jersey product earned all-county honors last year at safety. Along the way he received an offer from Maryland and very recently one from Akron.

"Maryland is number one," said the rising senior, before adding, "I like Wisconsin, and then Akron."

He does not have his summer football schedule planned out yet, but said that he is "going to try and make it down to the Maryland camp definitely," this upcoming Friday.

Spann got his Maryland offer when he came down for Junior Day in March.

"I liked the campus and I like the football. The staff is good," he said, "they explained to me that they have very high academic standards. It's a nice school to graduate from."

Getting his first offer from a school in a major conference "meant a lot," Spann said. "I had no idea they were going to offer me, I was just going to see the staff and see campus," he said.

Spann said that he and the coaching staff keep in daily contact, and, while he considers Maryland the favorite right now, he does not plan to commit soon.

"I'm going to wait and see what else comes up. I want to take my time," he said.

While he's waiting for his recruitment to intensify, Spann said he hopes to "improve my tackling. I'm trying to knock more people out."

He notes that one of the positives about playing for Maryland is their prestige. "I like that they are in the ACC. It's a tough conference and they compete every year. I could see myself winning an [ACC] Championship there."

Spann runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, which helped him on both sides of the ball, as he intercepted five passes at safety and caught three touchdowns at wide receiver.

He compares his game to current Philadelphia Eagles free safety Brian Dawkins and Baltimore Ravens free safety Ed Reed. "I take the hitting stuff from Dawkins and the covering from Reed. I'm like a mixture of both," he said.

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