Terps Add Local Linebacker Prospect

Marcus Whitfield headed to Maryland football camp Sunday hoping simply to impress the Terps coaching staff and up his standing in their eyes. He did that and then some, earning a face-to-face with head coach Ralph Friedgen. The next day he was offered a scholarship, and today, the rising senior from Northwest High (Md.) accepted it.

"I wanted to determine which school had the most to offer me, and I felt like that was Maryland. I'm a local guy," said Whitfield, a 6-foot-3, 215-pounder who is likely slated for outside linebacker at Maryland. "I caught a really good vibe from [Friedgen] and my parents caught a really good vibe from him. Most of what he cared about was academics and his players graduating … After a long talk with my parents, I felt like this was the best place for me."

Whitfield is the 12th member of Maryland's fast-filling class and yet another excellent student, one who plans to likely major in sports medicine.

"They said they liked how I work on and off the field," said Whitfield, who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash and had 15 catches for 242 yards and 15 touchdowns last fall. He'll also play full-time defense this fall.

"I tested pretty well and they ran me through all of the drills to see how my hips and different movements were," he said.

Whitfield also held offers from West Virginia, East Carolina, Buffalo, Temple, Richmond, Akron and James Madison. He was recruited by Terps defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo.

"He's a fun guy. I like him. When he came to my school I felt really comfortable with him," said Whitfield.

Whitfield said he doesn't know any of the other recruits but plans to get to know them soon. He has excellent athleticism for his size and is also a track standout.

"People say my size, my size and my speed [are my best attributes]. I can probably match up with anyone on the field."

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