Terps Tapping Forestville Pipeline Again?

Maryland's football staff has formed a strong relationship with the program at Forestville Military Academy in recent years, and it resulted last year in an early commitment from now-senior star wide receiver Kevin Dorsey and '07 recruit Devonte Campbell. Now the Terps have their sights set on another young standout from the perennially talent-rich program located a short drive from College Park.


Junior defensive end DeOnte' Arnett is the latest Division I prospect from Forestville. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound 15-year old put on a strong performance at Maryland's camp this summer, earning special attention from the staff. He doesn't have an offer yet, but if he picks up where he left off last year – 16 sacks in six games before breaking an ankle – it could come along sometime this season.

"I showed out at the camp at Maryland. Coach Sollazzo showed me a lot of attention. They're good there. I like it there," Arnett said.

The school that has been showing the most attention, so far, has been N.C. State. The Wolfpack have not offered but could do so very soon. The staff there likes Arnett quite a bit, while Syracuse, Virginia and Virginia Tech are interested as well.

"I would say N.C. State, Syracuse and Maryland are his top three," said Forestville coach Charles Harley, one of the state's hardest working coaches when it comes to developing talent and helping his players get to college. "I think Maryland wants to see if [he'll keep growing]. I don't think that will be an issue. He's 15 and he weighs 235."

Arnett is a talented athlete who runs a 4.8 40-yard dash but has football speed that exceeds his combine numbers. He's been hearing a bit from teammate Dorsey about the possibility of teaming again at Maryland, though Dorsey isn't one to apply pressure.

"He's kind of like, I don't want to be the reason you go there. You have to make a decision for yourself," Harley said.

Dorsey is also in the best shape of his life, checking in at a lean and strong 6-foot-2, 193 pounds. He's clocking in at 4.45 seconds in the 40 and recently bench pressed 315 pounds with little trouble. He's been hampered a bit by a foot injury but will be ready to go when Forestville kicks off the season 10 days from now. Coaches from Michigan and Notre Dame were wowed by him this summer at combines, expressing that he could play right away at their schools, but they could tell Dorsey was rock-solid in his commitment to Maryland, so they didn't attempt to recruit him.

Like Dorsey, one of the most mature commits we've come across in recent years, Arnett has it all together off the field as well. He has a 3.0 GPA and tentatively is planning to graduate early in order to get a jumpstart on his college career. Where it'll be, though, is a long way from being determined.

"It has to be a good academic school and a great campus, with some family nearby," he said.

He added that he hasn't decided if he wants to stay very close to home. Should the Maryland staff determine he's a top target, the coaches will have plenty of time to convince him that's the way to go.

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