Terp's Recruiting Target…Jeremiah Attaochu

2010 prospect Jeremiah Attaochu from Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C. is ready for the next level. The three-star linebacker has sixteen offers but recently narrowed his list down to eight. The Terps are on that list and hope to stay there.

Jeremiah Attaochu has all the physical tools coaches look to gain. He stands about 6'3" and weighs 220 pounds. He runs well (4.69 forty) and is very strong benching close to 300 pounds. He is very athletic and has very good closing speed. He plays defensive end although shows good linebacker skills as well. He is very fast off the edge as a pass rusher. He can keep his balance even when the lineman gets a hand on him. He has very good leverage and brings the thunder when he hits you. He has the athleticism to drop in space and run down screen plays. He can also get to the other sideline to disrupt a play. Even though he is a good size player now Attaochu has the frame to add weight and add the strength needed to hold the edge in college especially on running plays right at him. He plays tight end in high school as well but it will be all defense in college.

Maryland is on his final list of schools that he narrowed down form sixteen to eight recently. Those eight are Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Kansas State, Syracuse, Minnesota, Louisville and Duke. He also likes Michigan, Michigan State and North Carolina, none of which have offered but Attaochu would have interest if they did offer. It will not be a surprise if Attaochu receives more offers before it is done.

Attaochu has been to Maryland already for unofficial visits. He likes the fans and the campus. His parents like the proximity and parental approval always helps although Attaochu says location is not as big a factor for him. He plans on taking all five official visits and has mentioned Illinois, Syracuse, Virginia and Kansas State as possible destinations but the only official visit scheduled right now is Maryland on December 11th. Attaochu can play linebacker or defensive end on the next level but he does have a preference. He wants to play defensive end so that may be a factor in the final decision. Schools have offered him as both. Maryland sees him as defensive end, at least initially. Attaochu is a good student and the academics will have be a big factor in his choice. He will be a huge catch for Maryland. He is physically gifted and is the kind of well rounded student-athlete you want on your campus. If he indeed stays at defensive end for the Terps then he will need to add some weight if he is going to be more than a third down pass rushing threat. He will excel on special teams and depending on the Terp's depth should see significant playing time by his second season.

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