Good Counsel Stars Porzel, Jenkins Talk Terps

While Maryland's ever-growing profile as a football talent hotbed can be a bonus for the Terps, it can also be a curse, in that many schools come to poach recruits. That's especially so in the case of Caleb Porzel and Jelani Jenkins of Good Counsel. Both are seeing interest from myriad powerhouses, and UM's staff is trying to keep both in state. spoke with both this weekend…

Jenkins is tight-lipped about his recruitment, and understandably so. Ranked the No. 2 weakside linebacker and the No. 7 overall player in the national Class of 2009, he's been besieged by attention from recruiters – who have heaped more than 30 scholarships offers upon him -- and reporters, and thus has tried to keep as low-profile as possible, avoiding doing many interviews.

"People told me it would get this crazy. But I have my parents to help me through it," said Jenkins, who holds offers from virtually all of college football's elite programs, such as USC, Michigan, Florida and LSU.

We asked Jenkins if he's begun to narrow his more than three-dozen offers to a more manageable group of finalists.

"Nah, not yet. I'll have it done once I do my visits this summer," said Jenkins, a speedy, hard-hitting linebacker who has 4.1 GPA and oozes NFL potential. The plan, he said, is to swing through the West Coast and see schools like USC, UCLA and Oregon, and then make a Midwest tour to campuses such as Notre Dame, Michigan before heading South to Florida and others.

Jenkins is quite familiar with Maryland as well.

"Yeah, I'm giving Maryland a look. It's always great to stay at home," he said. "It's a great program They're on the rise. They've gotten a lot of great recruits."

Porzel, meantime, is a 5-9, 180-pounder with blazing speed and quite a few offers to his name. He previously committed to Virgina before changing his mind, and three schools have emerged at the top of the pack.

"Either West Virginia, Maryland or Pitt," said Porzell, who runs the 100 meters in am eye-opening 10.6 seconds. "West Virginia would be one of the favorites right now … I visited there and I really liked all of the coaches, and the players were very welcoming. I got to watch film with Noel Devine and he was really cool. He would be like a mentor if I went there."

The hometown angle appeals a good deal to Porzel, who resides in Silver Spring.

"It's really close to home and all of my family and friends could come and see me. I don't want to go too far from home, but at the same time, I would like to get out and see some other places," he said. "I've been to Maryland about four times and every time I go there, I like it more and more."

Porzel is being recruited by Terps assistant coach Chris Cosh, who handles local private school recruiting for the Terps.

"He's a cool guy, a real energetic guy. I like him," Porzel said.

Porzel plans to take a handful of unofficial visits this summer and make a choice before the fall. He's unlikely to commit before then, though anything is possible.

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