Checking in with Delonte Morton

TSR checks in with 2011 Terps commit Delonte Morton from Dematha HS.

DeMatha High School junior RB/LB Delonte Morton verbally committed March 3 to play for the Maryland Terrapins during the 2011 season.

Although some colleges retracted their offers after Morton tore his ACL, Maryland left its one on the table.

“I figured, why not stick with the team who stuck with me throughout the injury?” Morton said. “I feel like some schools thought I wouldn't be as good as I was before the surgery.”

Morton added that, although he missed every game last season after getting hurt in August, Maryland coaches and recruiters felt like he would come back at 100 percent.

“He's fully recovered,” said DeMatha Head Coach Bill McGregor. Judging from his work ethic, “he's just like a typical DeMatha kid. He's going to be fine.”

On the other hand, Morton doesn't think he's out of the woods yet. He noted that his knee is about 95 percent healed but that he expects to be fully recovered before the first game of his senior season, after finishing his rehab program. “I expect to play every game this season,” added Morton.

The 6-foot-2 inch, 240-pound junior thinks attending a college close to his hometown high school - University of Maryland is about two miles away from DeMatha - will help him play well.

“I just hope the fans enjoy me being there at their school and love me playing for their team,” Morton said. “I want them to feel like I can make big plays for their team.”

McGregor believes Morton has big play potential, as he can play on both sides of the ball. “He can be a single back or a fullback,” McGregor said. “He can also play d-line [as well as linebacker.”

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