Terps Offer Local D-Tackle
In search of some impact-making big guys to fill the middle of the defensive line, the Maryland coaching staff identified Quince Orchard High School's Zack Kerr as a coveted prospect several months ago. And now that Kerr has done the things he needed to do in the classroom in order to solidify that label, he'll officially have a spot waiting for him on the Terps' roster.
Kerr, an explosive 6-foot-3, 315-pound defensive tackle, was told by the staff quite some time ago that he'd have an offer as long as he made progress during summer school. Now, with his grades going in the right direction and after a strong showing at Maryland's camp last week, the staff is following through on its promise.
"I always thought they would offer me, but now it's official," Kerr told Terp Sports Report. "I got it yesterday."
Kerr also holds offers from Illinois, Rutgers, Temple, Eastern Michigan, Ohio and is receiving interest from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Syracuse, Penn State, Illinois and Clemson. It's safe to assume some of those schools will begin offering once they see his academic progress. So where does his recruitment stand?
"I'm going to wait it out. I want to take all five official visits and see what all of the schools have to offer," said Kerr, who has been to Maryland several times in addition to Penn State and Rutgers. He hopes to visit Virginia Tech and North Carolina later this summer, though summer school restricts his ability to plan a lot of trips.
Though Kerr doesn't seem to be close to committing, the Terps are in good position here.
"It's a great school. I like Maryland a lot. I like the way they play defense, I like [defensive line coach Dave] Sollazzo, and it's close to home, which is really important to me and my family," he said. "Coach Friedgen doesn't really B.S. a lot of people. He's a pretty straightforward dude."
Kerr, whose playing weight hovers in the 295-pound range, is an excellent athlete for his size. He's quick and explosive, and can dunk a basketball from a standstill and run a 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds. Last year he was named all-county in Montgomery County after recording 55 tackles, seven tackles for loss and six sacks.
Kerr also sounds like someone who has learned his lesson after missing his sophomore year due to poor grades.
"That's exactly what I'm focused on," he said, when asked about his improving academics.
He's also starting to get excited about his senior season at Quince Orchard, which though not a traditional Maryland power, has emerged as a major player, going 29-5 the past three years.
"We're gonna get it done. We've got a lot of talent, a lot of young talent," he said. "We've got a strong believe about us winning the state championship next year."
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