New Development with Md. DT Zach Kerr

There's been a new development in the recruitment of Quince Orchard standout lineman Zach Kerr, one of the top prospects left on Maryland's recruiting board.

Kerr, the 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle, told Friday that Penn State has slowed in its recruitment of him, leaving Maryland and Rutgers as the two most likely destinations.

"It's just things that happened with academics," Kerr said.

Kerr said he regrets not taking the books seriously enough earlier in his career and has been working hard to make up for lost time. He takes this SAT this weekend. Asked if he thinks he'll make the grade for next year or end up at prep school, he said, "Oh, no, I'm going to make it."

"It was my decision, my mistake, so I can't be too mad at [Penn State]," he said.

Meantime, Maryland and Rutgers remain hot on his trails. He's already taken his official to Maryland and was a fixture at games this fall, while he goes to RU next weekend. There's no chance he'll commit while he's there, he said, as he expects to wait until signing day to commit.

"I have no doubt they'll show me a great time. Rutgers is a great environment, it's in the middle of the city only 40 minutes from New York, but I'm not really worried about that," he said. "I'm just wanting to see where the best place for me is."

He's also been hearing from Nebraska lately, though the Cornhuskers would seem to be a serious longshot at this point.

Kerr is a big fan of Maryland defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo, his primary recruiter.

"He's a real loud guy, real high energy and he has a lot of passion for the game. And I can tell he really wants me not just as a player, but because he knows I'm a good person," Kerr said.

Asked if the Terps were his No. 1 choice, he said no, that he doesn't have a favorite. Still, he has plenty of good things to say.

"They've got a lot of talent and they've got a lot of guys I can go in there and get along with," he said. "They think I can come in and play in the ACC right away. Of course, it depends on how I work and how I react to the situation."

Kerr has unusual agility and quickness for a player his size. That, along with his large frame an dreadlocked hair, has earned him comparisons to former Ballou (D.C.) star Marvin Austin, who was the No. 1 defensive lineman in the nation last year.

A lot of people say we're similar in a lot of ways in terms of style of play and quickness," Kerr said.

Kerr helped lead Quince Orchard to the Class 4A Maryland state title this fall. He's regarded as one of the most talented defensive tackles in the Mid-Atlantic, but his academic situation could go a long way in determining his future.

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