Terps Offer Virginia Running Back

Maryland's football staff was heavily recruiting a pair of stars from powerhouse Phoebus High (Va.), but both – quarterback Tajh Boyd and defensive end Dominik Davenport – committed early to West Virginia. The Terps, however, aren't done putting in work at Phoebus, as evidenced by their recent scholarship offer to running back Shawne Alston.

Alston, a 5-foot-11, 220-pound junior, has verbal offers from Penn State and East Carolina, but recently received his first written offer when Terps assistant Tom Brattan hand-delivered it to the second-team all-state rusher.

"He went to Maryland for their spring game and I think he really enjoyed it … He's going to try and get up there again this summer," said Phoebus coach Bill Dee, who has sent two players – lineman Maurice Hampton and fullback Haroon Brown – to College Park.

"It probably doesn't hurt that we have two other kids at Maryland," Dee said. "Coach Brattan does a great job down here. He does his homework. That's one thing that not everyone understands. Recruiting is a lot of work … Also, honesty is really important to me. I think he really works hard on recruiting players from this area. I want a guy who's going to come through every year and look at your players, who I can form a relationship with and get to know.

Though' like Brown, he's a big back, Alston is no fullback.

"He's a different type of back. Harron was three yards and a cloud of dust. Shawne is a tailback, now. He's a 4.6 [40-yard dash] and he has great vision. He broke off some long runs for us last year," he said. "We run the I-formation, so he fits. They like their big backs [at Maryland]."

Alston last year rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has good grades and has taken the SAT already.

"I think Maryland was smart to get on top of him quick. Honestly, he'll be a kid with a lot of offers," Dee said.

The Terps' task in Virginia was made tougher by WVU's hiring of area native Chris Beatty, who grabbed the aforementioned commitments of Boyd and Davenport, as well as highly touted Great Bridge receiver Logan Heastie.

"There's no question, he's stepped in there and gotten a couple of guys. He knows this area very well," Dee said. "But I still think Maryland will get their guys from this area here and there."

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