Things Looking Good for Terps Prospect

2011 Maryland prospect Austin Hancock is gaining interest from Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, Ohio and Alabama.

For 2011 prospect Austin Hancock, the recruiting process is beginning to heat up. The Peter Township star quarterback recently picked up his first offer, a verbal from Penn State. Hancock, a member of the varsity football team since his freshman year, put up outstanding numbers last season. He threw for 1300 yards and 18 touchdowns, rushed for 450 yards and 7 rush touchdowns, and contributed 3 interceptions and a touchdown on defense.

Hancock has been hearing from a wide variety of schools and recently visited some of those schools. “I visited Duke for their Junior Day, Syracuse, Ohio, Maryland for their home opener last year against James Madison, and Alabama for their game against LSU.”

Even though Hancock already has an array of schools to choose from, he also has the option of playing either quarterback or outside linebacker at the next level. He said that Maryland and Alabama have told him that they like him either as a quarterback or linebacker, Ohio likes him as a quarterback, and Penn State told him he could come in as a quarterback.

But with all of these options how will Hancock decided on school? “Location will play a role in my decision. My family wants to watch me play. Whether or not I'll be able to play early will also be a factor.”

He hasn't chosen a leader, but he has made a short list of schools that really catch his interest. “I really liked Alabama when I went down there for the LSU game. I like Maryland and Syracuse. I would say, along with Penn State, those are my top schools at the moment.”

Maryland is definitely in the hunt for this talented prospect, and Maryland's future head coach has been leading the recruitment. “I've been talking to Coach Franklin just about general things. I visited last season against James Madison. The campus is beautiful. Maryland has been telling me that like my strength, leadership and my touch on the ball.”

Although Hancock's ideal situation would be to make a decision before the season starts, he will wait for the right fit before making his decision. He hopes to find that right school after he goes on a tour this summer that includes stops at Maryland, Cincinnati, Georgia, Penn State and Temple. And if he performs well at the camps this summer the offers will be rolling in.


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