Rowson is Ready for Challenge

2010 Terps commit Mario Rowson is ready for the challenge of playing ACC football.

In 2010, Maryland commit Mario Rowson will bring his great talent to College Park in hopes of making his mark with the Terrapins.

The Lake Taylor HS (Va.) defensive back is looking for an opportunity to earn the trust and respect of the coaching staff, which has already been impressed by Rowson.

“[Defensive Coordinator] Coach [Don] Brown really liked me a lot,” he said. “If I come in there wanting to get that spot, I've got a pretty good chance of getting it,” said Rowson of earning playing time next season.

The 6-foot-3-inch, 185-pound defensive back is not short on confidence, which can be seen in the way he plays.

“I press up on the receiver and I can jam him up,” said the 2-star prospect, “and I'm fast enough to run with him.”

Rowson got a chance to see some Maryland games during the Terps' 2009 campaign and noticed a glaring weakness.

“They had too many turnovers,” he said. “When I was there, we turned the ball over a lot.”

When Rowson arrives on campus, he would like to force the opposition into committing the turnovers.

He certainly did that in his senior season. Rowson said he picked off six passes for a Lake Taylor team that made it to the regional championship.

However, the Maryland commit wants to get better by the time he starts in College Park.

“I think I can work on my quickness a little bit more,” said Rowson. “I've got good footwork, but you can always improve on something.”

Rowson also said the Maryland staff has told him to “get in the weight room and try to get bigger.”

Rowson admittedly has some things to work on before he begins playing collegiate football, but one thing is certain.

“I'm coming to play,” said Rowson.

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