Marquis Spann is Off the Market

For months, Maryland and Akron have been the two schools atop New Jersey safety Marquis Spann's list. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder who was injured for much of his senior campaign informed TurtleSportsReport that he quietly made his pledge two weeks ago.

Surprisingly, next year Spann will not be suiting up to play ACC football. In fact, the Paterson product will not be playing in the Football Bowl Subdivision. "I actually committed to Delaware State. I had other offers from Maryland and Akron, but I went on a visit two weeks ago, really liked it down there, and there was a good chance of me playing early," the senior said.

Spann, who would have been one of the remaining pieces to Maryland's 2008 recruiting class, never made an official visit to College Park. He admitted that the biggest drawback to committing to Maryland was his shaky transcript. "My SAT scores, I guess were too weak," he said.

Delaware State, who finished atop the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, appealed to Spann by having multiple former Kennedy High School teammates on its roster, including redshirt freshman Dashawn Frazier.

If it was a family atmosphere that Spann was looking for, the Terps had one of the best to offer. Nine players on Maryland's 2007 roster were originally from northern New Jersey, including standout running back Lance Ball and Terp defensive target Jarel Lowery.

Spann's recruitment may have blown up if it had not been for a season-ending injury five games into the season. Despite cutting his season short, Spann still managed All-League honors and was named to the New Jersey Top 40 list published in the summer.

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