Stinebaugh Talks Terps Commitment

The Maryland football program has done very well with tight ends and h-backs in recent years, producing star Vernon Davis and several other NFL prospects, in addition to reeling in a handful of highly rated recruits. This time, the Terps nabbed a local who, despite being a bit under the radar nationally, has all the tools to add yet another weapon to Maryland's position of strength.

Dave Stinebaugh, a rising senior from Perry Hall High in Baltimore, committed to the Terps this week, giving them another potentially diverse threat in the passing game.

"I would say my pass catching [is my strength]," said Stinebaugh, who recorded 59 catches for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. "They want to move me around on the field and line up in different spots to keep the defense guessing."

Stinebaugh is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds and runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash. Also a standout lacrosse player, he said he'd like to add 10 pounds of muscle before his freshman year at Maryland. He'd like to play early but realizes that with young, heralded talent like Devonte Campbell, Matt Furstenberg and Lansford Watson on the roster, there's no guarantee.

"A lot of it depends on how fast I learn the offense," he said.

Stinebaugh wasted little time in picking the Terps, committing only a few days after receiving his offer. He'd also been hearing from Virginia, Wake Forest, UConn and Syracuse.

"We went out there for a day to go see campus and meet with the coaches. I knew it was the best place for me," he said. "They're all there for you and it's kind of like a big family there …. [Head coach Ralph Friedgen] really cares about his players after they're playing. He tries to help get them jobs and really takes an interest."

Stinebugh was recruited by offensive coordinator James Franklin, who handles the Baltimore area.

"He said he wants to keep the best players in Maryland, in Maryland," Stinebaugh said.

Stinebaugh is in good shape academically and plans to major in sports medicine. He's not sure when he'll next visit College Park, but said his commitment is solid and he won't be looking around anymore.

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