NJ Running Back Has Maryland On His Radar

2011 running back prospect Karell Bostic checks in with TSR and talks about his relationship with MD

Although he hasn’t visited Maryland since the spring, Bergen Catholic (Oradell, NJ) running back Karell Bostick still includes the Terps among his five remaining school choices thanks to his memorable visit and his talks with Coach Sollazzo.

The 5’9” 190 pound junior running back said that his talks with Sollazzo have been productive and that the visit he made to Maryland’s campus in April still resonates with him. “They are near the top, definitely top 5. At the campus, I saw the intensity the team brought to practice everyday and the coaches brought that same intensity to the table,” Bostick said.

Bostick had planned on going to one of Maryland’s summer camps but was unable to due to his high school team’s trip to Boston College. Akron is currently the only school that has given him an offer, but Bostick said that the Terps, as well as Pitt, Syracuse, and Temple, are all still strong contenders. “A few of the schools are waiting to see game film of me this fall before they give me an offer,” he said.

This summer, Bostick has been working on increasing his strength. “I’ve been working on my overall strength and leg strength. As a smaller running back, you have to be able to do more than the average. The little things are what make you better.” Those little things are what Bostick said coaches have been impressed with, including his ability to run consistently for positive yardage and block when he needs to.

When compared to other backs, Bostick said he was most similar to Pitt’s Dion Lewis, the 2009 Big East Rookie of the Year. “We’re both similar size and fairly quick. I can hit the hole and given the opportunity, I can break one for the big play,” he said.

While he has no timetable to commit, Bostick has been on unofficial visits to Maryland, Pitt, and Syracuse. In addition, he has one scheduled for Akron this week. Overall, Bostick was optimistic about his possible future at Maryland. “I’m keeping all my options open and, with a productive season, I could definitely see myself there.”

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