Usually coined the "fat boys", defensive ends have spent the last couple of years working on redefining the position to show their true athleticism. South Carolina defensive end Brice Laughlin is no different. At 6-foot -4 and 262 pounds, Laughlin has spent the past several seasons proving to coaches and scouts that he has what it takes to play defensive end at the college level. Laughlin chose the Terps over, Georgia, South Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Duke, and Virginia
"Most college coaches, when a player my height, try to bring them in and add 15-20 pounds on them and convert them to defensive tackle. I want to show my athleticism and prove that I can play defensive end in college."
Brice said he is "very glad that the recruiting process is over. It releases a huge amount of stress and allows me to focus my attention on getting ready for next season and then getting ready for college ball. "
Laughlin who was hampered by a hand injury last year has been gaining a great deal of attention from colleges across the country lately. However, Maryland (offered in March) had made a lasting impression on him. Laughlin came up to College Park for Maryland day and was also able to see a scrimmage. II really enjoyed my visit. It was the perfect day for it. I got to meet the type of people at Maryland see the campus it was at that point that he knew that Maryland was the school for him.
Among the key factors that led to Brice's decision to commit was the closeness of the coaching staff. Brice said, "I really connected with Coach Friedgen and the other coaches and I really like how they act with each other. It is really like a family. The coaches all were very honest and that means a lot to me."
Laughlin said time and time again on the phone that he is ecstatic about the direction the program is headed. He said the new defensive formation was also another large reason why he committed.
Brice is going to come in and battle for a starting position at strong side defensive end. Keep your ears open cause this fall you are going to hear about Laughlin and see his rating rise.