Hawkins, Ankrah take in Terps practice

Quince Orchard (Md.) High's Travis Hawkins and Jason Ankrah took in Maryland 's practice Tuesday, and they both updated TSR on their recruitments.

Hawkins, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back, said he plans to take official visits to Maryland, Penn State, West Virginia, Tennessee and possibly Oregon. He expects to commit to a school by Nov. 3. "It could be before that but at the latest it's going to be Nov. 3," Hawkins said.

Rumor spread that Hawkins had committed to Maryland on the same day as his longtime friend Caleb Porzel, a running back from Good Counsel. However, Hawkins said it was merely miscommunication and he's still open at this point.

"I told him to let me know before he made his decision," Hawkins said. "And he made his decision and said I was coming but we haven't really [seriously] talked about it."

Hawkins got the chance to talk with Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen and defensive coordinator Dave Sollazzo before observing practice.

Ankrah, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive end, was thought of as a heavy Penn State lean, but that's changed in recent weeks.

"Over the past weeks I've opened my eyes and seen the flaws of it," he said. "I've seen the good parts and flaws, so that's a good thing, but also the bad things so I'm opening my eyes to more schools, especially here."

He's in the process of researching depth charts at several schools and seeing where he might fit in best. He's made visits twice to Maryland in the past month, and has also been to West Virginia, North Carolina State, Penn State, Syracuse and Rutgers.

At Maryland Ankrah said he'd like to play the LEO position, a hybrid linebacker-defensive end. He roamed the sidelines Tuesday checking out individual team drills.

"I like how they work on the technique and all the little things," Ankrah said.

He was accompanied on his visit by Maryland commit Zach Kerr, who will be attending Fork Union Military Academy in the fall. They played next to each other on offense and defense last season at Quince Orchard, and Kerr has been in his ear about joining him at Maryland .

"It would just be something we can make happen," Ankrah said.

Does he have a top schools list at the moment? "I wouldn't say I have one because I haven't seen many places so it would be soon when I can actually break that down," he said.

What about a decision date? "I would say from now until during the season is when I will make the decision," Ankrah said.

TerrapinTimes Top Stories