Donohue Reflects on Commitment, Talks Terps

Ryan Donohue has his chance to be part of the growing crowd of New Jersey players jumping on the bandwagon. Both the interest and the scholarship offer were there. But Donohue instead chose earlier this summer to make his college home a few hours South on I-95, and caught up with him Wednesday to reflect on that decision and get the latest …

Donohue, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker from St. Joseph Regional High in Montvale, N.J., is rated the No. 55 middle linebacker in the nation by He had the aforementioned offer from Rutgers in addition to interest from Boston College and others, but a late-June trip to College Park sealed the deal.

"I just really liked the football program and the people. They welcomed me and made me feel like family," said Donohue, who was recruited by Terps defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo.

Donohue said he considered Rutgers "a little bit. It might have been easier for my parents to come. It felt good there but it didn't feel like I wanted it to be."

Maryland, meanwhile, impressed him not only by welcoming him – he became friendly with Sollazzo and head coach Ralph Friedgen and got to spend some time chatting with fellow Garden State linebacker Alex Wujciak but – but also because of its facilities ("I liked the stadium there better than Rutgers") and the strength and conditioning program.

"A lot of other schools say they kind of take it easy, but they really pride themselves on how strong and how fast they are," he said.

Donohue runs a 4.66-second 40-yard dash and will likely play the ‘WILL' linebacker spot at Maryland. Last year he posted 116 tackles and two sacks, including a school-record 24 tackles in one game, leading his team to the state semis.

With the Terps set to lose several linebackers at season's end, his hope is that he can factor in during his freshman year. He'll need to put on weight in order to do so, and said he's having a hard time adding pounds right now because of all of the running he's doing at fall football camp.

Donohue plans to make the trip down to College Park with both of his parents next week to watch practice; his mother hasn't been there yet. Then, he'll embark upon his senior season, which won't include any time spent looking at other college options.

"It's 100 percent," he said of his commitment. "I want to make everybody proud. They're paying for my education and I want to pay them back."

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