Local Speedster Commits to Maryland
On Saturday, Clarksburg (Md.) junior Avery Graham accepted the Terps' scholarship offer, choosing the home-state school over interest from West Virginia and Pittsburgh among several suitors. Graham, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound running back-defensive back prospect, won the Maryland 2A state title in both the 55 meter dash (6.49 seconds) and the shotput as a junior. He runs a blazing 4.3-second 40-yard dash and high-jumps 6 feet, four inches.
And last fall, he rushed for 14 touchdowns, scored four more on returns and recorded 75 tackles at linebacker while leading the second-year varsity program to a 12-1 record, count and region titles and state semifinal appearance.
"He's unbelievably fast … He is a very, very, very special athlete," said Clarksburg coach Larry Hurd. "Maryland will determine eventually whether they was him as a defensive back or running back, but he's a pretty special kid athletically.
And not just athletically.
"He's tremendous [off the field]. He has a 3.3 GPA and is a great student," Hurd said.
Graham is the first player from the new Montgomery County school to commit to a Division I football program. Senior lineman Rob Osborne, whom Maryland recruited for a while, committed to Towson.
"A lot of schools were talking, but Maryland was the place Avery wanted to go," Hurd said. "Avery had been on campus a couple of times and they offered Friday. Maryland was the place Avery wanted to be, so he committed [Saturday] morning."
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