Terps Have A 'Lotta' Interest in Motta

A couple of years ago while on vacation in Washington, D.C., Vero Beach (Fla.) defensive back Zeke Motta made a side trip to College Park to check out the University of Maryland football program. Though only a sophomore at the time, Motta was hoping to be a Division I recruit and to be recruited by the Terps.


He's two for two.

Motta, now finishing his junior year, has nearly a dozen scholarship offers. One of the most recent came from the Terps, who sent him a letter a couple of weeks ago, asking him to call assistant coach Al Seamonson.

"I called him and he said he had shown the staff my film and they wanted to offer me," Motta said. "I got the offer in the mail a couple of days ago."

Motta is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound safety who runs a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and was named First Team 6A All-State defensive back as a junior. He made 143 tackles and two sacks, and managed one interception and four fumble recoveries and blocked seven kicks. He holds offers from Maryland, Auburn, Central Florida, Stanford, Wisconsin and West Virginia, among others.

"Right now, I'm just trying to look into all of the colleges. I'm still in the process of finding out about all of the schools," Motta said.

Motta enjoyed his unofficial trip to Maryland a few years ago and said he'd like to make another one, but has not mapped out his summer visit schedule.

"First we walked down to the stadium, and then we checked out the training room and the cafeteria and the auditorium. I don't remember which coach was showing us around, but we also got to see the coaches offices," he said. "It was cool. I liked it.

"I've talked to [Seamonson] three or four times. Based on what we have talked about, they're interested in me and the interest is mutual," he said. "They play in the ACC and they've got a nice school."

Motta isn't planning on committing any time soon, as he wants to make sure he'll spend four years at a school that makes him comfortable personally and "where I can play some good football."

We also asked him for a scouting report on his game.

"The schools probably like me the most for my passion for the game and the way I play. I'm a hard hitter and I blocked seven kicks last year. A lot of the schools told me I have great special teams highlights," he said.

Motta projects as a strong safety, though should he continue growing and adding muscle, a move to outside linebacker could be in the cards. He's always played defensive back, however.

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