Maryland lands sixth commitment for 2008

The weeks following Maryland's summer football camp are a hot time for commitments, usually from those that stood out among the hundred of kids at camp and walked away with a scholarship offer.

The weeks following Maryland's summer football camp are a hot time for commitments, usually from those that stood out among the hundred of kids at camp and walked away with a scholarship offer. One such kid, Demetrius Hartsfield of Raleigh, N.C., earned an offer in camp and pulled the trigger Thursday, becoming the sixth commit in Maryland's 2008 class.

Hartsfield, a lightning quick 6-foot-1, 210-pound inside linebacker, has had Maryland atop his list since the Terps first contacted him in early spring. So it wasn't a huge surprise that with an offer in hand, Hartsfield would commit.

"The coaches had told me that I was definitely in the running for an offer," Hartsfield said. "They said I had a great visit, a great camp and they wanted to go ahead and offer me.

"I had already made my decision that if Maryland went ahead and offered I would take it," he said. "I talk to my mom about it, and I was very excited. I've wanted to go to Maryland for a while, it's a great school."

Hartsfield cited the campus, facilities and education as some of the reasons he had Maryland so high. But the opportunity to become the next in a long line of great inside linebackers at Maryland piqued his interest even more. E.J. Henderson and D'Qwell Jackson have moved on to the next level, and there's a good chance current Terp Erin Henderson will join them there.

"The thing that really caught my attention was that Maryland has a couple of linebackers that have made it to the NFL," he said.

As reported by InsideECUSports, Harstfield had 128 tackles (26 for a loss) and 14 sacks as a junior. At the Scout.com Charlotte combine in May, Hartsfield ran a 4.68 40-yard dash and had a 4.19 shuttle time, which is a testament to his quickness.

Hartsfield was recruited by Georgia, North Carolina and Wake Forest before committing to Maryland. His commitment also marks one of defensive coordinator Chris Cosh's first big gets for the 2008 class.

"Coach Cosh has been doing a great job, and that caught my attention," he said. "And I really liked that."


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