Talented TE Alaniz Still Eyeing Terps

2011 TE prospect David Alaniz has Maryland in his final three college choices.

Tight end David Alaniz has been able to limit his top schools down to just three, with the Maryland Terrapins included. Alaniz also lists the University of Virginia and Penn State as his other top schools. Fortunately for the Terrapins, the Alaniz family has ties to Maryland, considering two of David's aunts and his mother attended the university. David and his family love the Terrapins and keep up with all things Maryland. Alaniz even went as far as saying, " Alaniz was enthusiastic about the potential of being a Terrapin, exclaiming, "I'd love to keep Maryland in the family and play for a great football program!"

Alaniz love for the Terps does not come simply from his family. Alaniz also praised Maryland's football staff, the pride of Maryland football, and the education. Regarding his education, Alaniz proclaimed that "I play to study engineering and they (UMD) have a great engineering program.

Alaniz has received multiple letters via e-mail and regular mail from Maryland's recruiting staff. He continues to receives football information and stated that, "I hope they will come to our school soon."

Alaniz has been more than busy this summer, attending numerous college football camps at Penn State, Maryland, UVA, Delaware, Lafayette, and most recently, Richmond. He has also participated in the MJS Elite Showcase, Nike Camp, and many others. Alaniz was also invited to participate in the Chesapeake Bowl evaluation on August 1st. The Chesapeake is an event which has the best senior football players from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware “battle” against the best senior football players from Maryland, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia in a “Civil War showdown.” The game is set to be held on December 30th and even though the final participants have not been decided yet, Alaniz feels strong about his performance.

If his participation in voluntary camps does not show Alaniz’s dedication and hard-working attitude in regards to football, his work in the weight room should. Alaniz, who was previous 6’4 215 lbs. has grown two inches and put on 27 lbs. This leaves Alaniz at 6’6 242 lbs., a great build for an explosive tight end.

Alaniz's growing stature contributes to his versatility. He is being recruited by certain schools as a tight end and others as an offensive tackle because of his skills as a blocker. Alaniz emphatically stated, "I'm not sure what position I'll play at the next level and I don't really care as long as I can help our team win!" That kind of team first attitude is what any coach or fan looks for.

In terms of his future plans, Alaniz plans to at least attend one home game at Byrd Stadium. Until then, Alaniz can only sit back and hope to get that call from Maryland and receive that scholarship offer.

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