QB Recruiting: A Position of Need -- Part II
Four more Terp quarterback prospects are emerging from New Jersey. TurtleSportsReport spoke to two of the top up-and-coming passers in the Garden State.
Brent Caprio of Linwood, NJ quarterbacks
Mainland Regional. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Caprio lacks the wheels of some of the other dual-threat Terp targets. This season he managed to complete 83 of 155 passes for more than 1,200 yards, 13 touchdowns and ran 500 yards and 11 more touchdowns as a junior, earning 1st-team Atlantic City Press and 2nd-team Cape-Atlantic League.
Though he does not hold any offers, he has been hearing a lot from UConn, Georgia Tech and Virginia the most.
"I visited Rutgers, Penn State and Maryland. I went to three games at Rutgers, and I really like their organization on the sidelines, the coaching staff and the way they do things there. For Penn State, I have a lot of family in the area, and it's one of my favorite schools. It's beautiful and has a great coaching staff."
"Maryland was a nice area and I saw them play Boston College. They beat BC, so that was great to be at. They played well, and I like that school a lot too. All three schools were in nice areas and educationally good schools," Caprio said.
Caprio, who was invited to the U.S. Army Underclassmen Combine, has spoken to Maryland's recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo twice and quarterbacks coach John Donovan once. On his visit to Maryland, Caprio was impressed with his tour through Gossett Team House, accompanied by his coach, Scott Rosen, a Maryland alum. Rosen was a letterwinner in 1989, 1990 and 1992 as a safety for the Terrapins.
"I was with my football coach, and they took us through the center. We got to see the coaches meeting rooms, the players study area, the library and went through their film room. It was really just a nice stadium and a nice area. I liked that a lot," Caprio said.
In addition to academics, Caprio is seeking early playing time in a football program.
"Rutgers just brought in three quarterbacks this year, so that would be a tough place to play. Penn State and Maryland aren't getting quarterbacks this year, and next year will probably be looking for quarterbacks."
In the meantime, Caprio, who compares his game to Florida's Tim Tebow, will try his luck at camps and combines, hoping for invitations to Junior Day at Rutgers and the Nike 11 Camp.
At this time, Caprio, who runs a 4.9 40-yard dash, puts Maryland, Penn State, UConn, Georgia Tech and Rutgers atop his list.
Atco, NJ quarterback Ka'Lial Glaud thought his season was over with Winslow Township when he broke a finger, sidelining him for three weeks. However, after bouncing back and playing linebacker during his recovery, the scrambling passer fell in love with the other side of the ball.
Still, Glaud, who is 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, managed to throw for nearly 1,700 yards and 20 touchdowns, running for 400 yards and eight more touchdowns as a junior, earning 1st-team All-Conference.
"Ohio State, Rutgers, UConn, Tennessee and Iowa" are on Glaud the hardest, and though he hasn't visited Maryland, he plans to in the future.
"I like [Maryland] a lot, they are close to home and everything. My coaches talk about going there, I'll definitely consider it."
In the off-season, Glaud is spending his time training. As he played linebacker for part of last season, he will work on hitting the weights. He compares his game to Daunte Culpepper in his heyday, as they are both physical, big-bodied quarterbacks.
Another Maryland prospect is David Kenney, signal caller for The Peddie School in Hightstown, NJ. Kenney be a familiar face to the Maryland staff—after all, the Terps recruited cornerbacks Justin Sinclair in '07 (now a student at Virginia Tech) and Matthew Brown in '08. The Peddie School is in the same district as The Hun School, home of Terps recruit Matt Furstenberg.
Kenney turned heads this year after leading the Falcons to a 6-3 record in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior was clocked in the 4.4 range, another dual-threat style. After an impressive junior campaign, Kenney has been hearing from West Virginia, Maryland, Duke, UConn, North Carolina and Syracuse.
Gabe Hernandez, junior quarterback for St. Joseph's-Montvale in Montvale, NJ, is another quarterback the Terps staff is after. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder runs a 4.88 40-yard dash and nearly won quarterback MVP honors at the National Underclassmen Combine in Lincoln Park, NJ over the summer.
Hernandez will have his chance to shine after this season as he is in a dual quarterback system with graduating Patrick Kivlehan, a senior likely headed to play D-1AA football. Still, Hernandez, who lists Boston College, Clemson, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Rutgers, threw 44 of 78 passes for 630 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions as St. Joseph's-Montvale finished 9-2 on the season.
Stay tuned for the third and final story in this series from TSR...
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