Terps Closing in on Another Baltimore Recruit

The Terps' football staff has been picking up steam lately in local recruiting, picking up commitments from two Baltimore-area prospects in a two-day span this week. It appears the Terps are close to picking up a third recruit from Charm City.

Defensive end David Mackall of Edmondson-Westside High is strongly considering committing to Maryland this week at camp, he told TurtleSportsreport.com.

"I've got offers from Maryland at ECU, and I'm looking for Syracuse and Georgia soon … [My visit] last week was really good. My mother really likes the school. She really wants me to go there, so they're my No. 1 choice right now," said Mackall. "When I go there for camp I'm going to bring my father and sister with me and see what they think, and then probably make my decision.

Mackall is a 6-foot-3, 231-pound rising senior who runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. As a junior he posted 147 tackles and 13 sacks. He posted at least one sack in each of his the final 10 games for Edmondson-Westside, which he helped to a 9-3 record. Having formerly attended Woodlawn High, he's friendly with Terp Scott Burley and recently graduated Terp Jason Goode.

"They told me it's not really hard to succeed. If you do what the coaches set out for you to do, you'll be successful," said Mackall, who is being recruited by Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin.

"He said that I'm the type of run and hit defensive player that they look for. They've got a special position called the LEO that rushes the passer, puts his hand down sometimes, sticks the running back and drops into coverage," he said.

Though Mackall's commitment may not be a done deal, it certainly seems like a strong possibility.

"The [facilities] are really good. I really like how they've got the tutoring hall, the eating hall and the weightlifting facilities all in one spot so you don't really have to travel very far," he said. "I don't want to go too far from home. I'm a family type of person.

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