Local RB w/Devine-esque Qualities Eyes Terps

Many eyes were opened last week at Byrd Stadium when Noel Devine, WVU's sensational freshman running back, sprinted 136 yards on five carries. Two of those eyes belonged to Good Counsel junior Caleb Porzel, who, like Devine, is an underized runner with great speed. Porzel was in the stands, and he'll likely be on a lot of recruiting wishlists if he maintains the prolific pace on which he's been.

Good Counsel assistant coach Kevin McFadden, who brought both Porzel and highly touted junior linebacker Jelani Jenkins to the game, said Porzel has more than a little bit of Devine-esque ability, and is looking closely at the Terps.

"That kid is the real article," McFadden said of Porzel, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound gamebreaker who has rushed for 625 yards and 10 touchdowns in three games, all of them blowout wins for Wheaton (Md.) Catholic school Good Counsel.

"When he saw Devine make those runs, he stood up and took notice" of his own potential as an undersized running back, McFadden said.

Porzel, who reportedly runs a 40-yard dash in the 4.32-second range, has been mostly under the radar until now. His coaches kept a low profile for him last summer in an effort to get him focused on academics.

"We're just now getting him out there," McFadden said.

It worked, as his grades have been on the rise along with his profile. Maryland, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, WVU, Purdue and Connecticut all know about him now. McFadden went out of his way to make the Terps aware of the ‘sleeper' prospect, though, as he would like to see Porzel stay close to home for college.

"It's a possibility. I don't want to see him get too far out of the [area]," McFadden said.

McFadden brought Porzel to the Maryland game not only to get a look at the Terps, but to give him an idea what type of major collegiate environment will be in his future if he takes care of business.

"I took him and Jelani as possible Maryland prospects ... We stood by the turtle, shook a lot of people's hand. It was a great experience," McFadden said. "I just wanted him to be in that atmosphere, see what you don't see on TV – the ESPN trucks driving by, wires going across the field, the commentators, the fans."

Porzel has a unique background, which was recently the topic of a feature story in the Washington Examiner. His parents, Judith and Phillip Porzel, adopted him when he was six days old. His parents are white; Porzel and three more adopted siblings are black.

"It's never been a big issue," Porzell told the Examiner's Kevin Dunleavy. "Yeah, it's different. But it can be an advantage too. I've never felt odd or out of place."

He apparently felt right at home last week at Byrd as well. Should he live up to his coach's lofty billing, it's safe to say the Terps will gladly offer him a spot in their home. We'll keep you posted…

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