Terp's Recruiting Target…Lorenzo Waters

2010 prospect Lorenzo Waters from DeMatha Catholic High School (Hyattsville, MD) is one of the most sought after defensive backs in the area. The three-star safety is back to square one denying a leader recently. Maryland is still in the hunt.

Lorenzo Waters is a very good athlete that comes up and hits like a truck. He has very good speed to play free safety and can line up over the slot. Not the biggest guy at 6'and 190 lbs., but I can also see him bulking up to strong safety because of his ability in run support. He has good coverage skills especially in zone. He is developing still on his one on one coverage skills but can definitely line up on a tight end and most wide receivers and cover well now. He has the athletic ability to cover anyone on the field once he works on his breaks and hip rotation. He needs to get in better body position in coverage. Waters has the range to get sideline to sideline. He is good in run support. He takes on blockers and can shed and get to the ball carrier. He can be used to blitz off the edge. Waters pursues well and is a solid tackler.

Maryland offered Waters in his junior year. They were the first to offer the fast rising prospect. In his junior year he received All-Conference recognition while racking up 87 tackles, 5 sacks, 6 tackles for loss and 4 interceptions. This season he has 40 tackles and an interception leading his team to a 7-0 start. The defense has allowed just 14 points per game and posted two shutouts. Waters had a great game in his team's biggest game of the season against rival Good Counsel with 8 tackles and a pass broken up.

Waters has been recruited hard by Maryland. He is interested but always seems to mention other schools as well. He recently denied a leader after having Wake Forest in that position. He now says he likes Miami, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Wake Forest evenly. Maryland offered first and has been the most active in his recruitment. He admits Maryland has made the most effort in recruiting him. To their credit Maryland's effort has kept them in the mix as the process winds down. Water's mother and aunt attended Maryland and he knows the campus and coaches very well. Although it may not be enough Maryland seemingly has done a good job with Waters. Some recruits are not meant to be. It would be a pleasant surprise if the Terps were to gain his commitment at this point. Waters could play special teams right away and would see significant time on the field after a year or two of getting stronger and developing with the college game.

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