Terps Mining Hoboken High Again

A year ago, the Maryland football staff dipped into Hoboken High in North New Jersey for mammoth offensive tackle Bearthur Johnson. The Terps are once again attempting to procure talent from Hoboken High and are involved with three current juniors from the school. TSR caught up with one of junior trio – linebacker Bernardo Nunez, whom Maryland has already offered a scholarship.

Nunez, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound outside linebacker holds offers from Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers and East Carolina, along with interest from Miami, Florida, Syracuse and Notre Dame. Last year he totaled 130 tackles, 19 sacks and two forced fumbles. Terps defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo, who covers the Garden State in recruiting, has been talking with Nunez.

"I like Sollazzo. He's a good guy. We have a lot of good times," Nunez said. "He basically talks about their defense and where I'd fit in."

Nunez could play outside linebacker or defensive end on the next level, depending on how much weight he gains. He runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.7-second range and is very explosive off of the snap.

"One of my idols [Shawne Merriman] played there, that's why I'd want to get into it … His aggressiveness, I definitely think I have that," he said. "I had heard of [mary;and], but I really didn't think I'd actually get an offer from them. When I got it, I was pretty surprised."

Nunez's teammates, defensive lineman Mike Douglass and offensive guard Isaac Holmes – the No. 12 guard in the nation – also are being recruited by the Terps. Johnson, their former teammate, has had good things to say about his short time at Maryland, which certainly won't hurt in terms of the staff's efforts to land all three.

"We've talked about all playing together at Maryland or another school. I'd say it's [a decent chance]," Nunez said.

Nunez had to cancel his trip down to Maryland's junior day a few weeks ago but is planning to make a visit in April. He doesn't have any other visits planned except for perhaps a stop by Miami while on spring break. He'd like to play at one of the Florida schools, but since he hasn't checked out any campuses yet, he doesn't have a strong preference yet.

He'll likely take unofficials this spring and summer and come to a decision during his senior season. Stay tuned for the latest on Nunez and his teammates…

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