Zach Kerr Tabs Terps

For Quince Orchard defensive tackle Zach Kerr, the decision ultimately came down to trust. While several schools promised they'd stick by him throughout his recruitment, none showed as much interest as Maryland.


"Coach Friedgen always told me that he was gonna stick by me, and I respect him for doing that because a few schools told me that and didn't live up to their word," said Kerr, a gifted 6-3, 295-pound senior who is regarded as having massive potential. "That was a definite factor, because some other schools kind of fell back a little bit."

"Coach Sollazzo was always coming by my high school, always [checking in]."

Kerr, who is still working to gain qualifying status with the NCAA, called the staff gave them the good news.

"You know Coach Sollazzo, he's real high-energy guy so he was really fired up," Kerr said.

Kerr has been a fixture at Maryland football games and has gotten to know the players and coaches very well over the past year.

"Why not build a house on top of my foundation?" he said of his choice. "They think if they come in their and work hard in the offseason, I can come in and compete as a true freshman in the ACC."

But before then, he has work to do elsewhere – he's focusing on acing his classes and retaking the SAT and ACT a few more times just to make certain he'll be enrolled come next fall. He's confident that he'll make it.

Kerr chose Maryland over Rutgers. Penn State was in contention for his commitment for some time, but the Nittany Lions faded from his recruitment recently. His commitment also can't hurt the Terps in the fact that Quince Orchard has a pair of excellent prospects in the 2009 class – lineman Terrance Stephens and running back Travis Hawkins.

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