Terp Coaches Interested In Staton

2011 prospect A.J. Staton talks recruiting with TSR.

When Maryland coaches visited Landstown High School (Virginia Beach, Va.) in June, CB/WR A.J. Staton got a chance to chat with them.

According to him, the recruiters showed interest, asking what position he wanted to play in college and adding that they would trek south to watch him play this season. “They didn’t really get a chance to see me in action,” Staton said. “I like [Maryland. I know they have a really good program up there.”

The standout added that he plans to visit Maryland sometime this season.

Staton said most colleges are recruiting him to play CB, while Old Dominion might give him a look at RB as well.

In addition to Maryland and Old Dominion, recruiters from Virginia, Buffalo and Delaware have expressed interest in Staton.

He runs a 4.8-second 40-yard-dash, and had the opportunity to showcase his ability to scouts at Old Dominion’s and Delaware’s camps this weekend.

Staton hasn’t earned any offers yet, but he might raise coaches’ eyebrows if he demonstrates his apparent versatility this season. “I just want a position wherever the coach will put me at to play,” Staton said. “I’m very physical. I also cover. I’m very athletic. I like contact.”

It’s perhaps fitting, then, that the soon-to-be senior compared his playing style to that of Bob Sanders. He “plays very physical,” Staton said. “I’m in the box a lot, [for] most of the game.”

Staton noted that academics, program quality, playing time and campus appearance will all factor into his college decision. “Academics first,” he said.

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