Local Speedster Commits to Maryland

The Maryland football staff received its first commitment from the 2009 recruiting class this weekend, and suffice it to say, the newest Terps addresses the need for speed.

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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