Recruiting Update- Good Counsel/Loyola

TSR was on hand at the Good Counsel/Loyola scrimmage and talked to the Terps recruits from both teams.

Tuesday night’s scrimmage between Loyola Blakefield (Towson, Md.) and Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) high schools featured many Division 1 recruiting prospects. The performances of three of them – Loyola QB Mike Fafoul, Good Counsel QB Zach Dancel and Good Counsel WR/DB Stephon Diggs – stood out during the contest. While they’re focused on the upcoming season, the strong possibility they’ll land Division 1 athletic scholarships is giving them something to look forward to. What follows is a breakdown of what each recruit had to say after Tuesday’s scrimmage.

Mike Fafoul

Fafoul has been in contact with Princeton and Maryland recently, adding that colleges have only recently been catching on to him because he played as Loyola’s backup last season. “I’m talking to Coach Franklin, he liked me,” Fafoul said. “He said he looked forward to watching me play this year and wants to exchange e-mails.”

While Loyola’s running game struggled against a physical and quick Good Counsel defense, Fafoul performed solidly, engineering two long drives. “We got a lot of work to do,” Fafoul said.

Zach Dancel

Two Division 1-AA schools – Stony Brook (N.Y.) and Towson (Md.) – have offered Dancel, and Maryland Offensive Coordinator James Franklin and Recruiting Coordinator Dave Sollazzo have been in contact with him. Dancel said he wants to go to a school “where I fit in. I don’t care if it’s a big or small school, I just want to be somewhere where the coaches are welcoming.”

Dancel noted that Maryland scouts said they’d be paying close attention to his performance through the first three games of the season against three tough squads: Gilman (Baltimore), St. Xavier (Cincinnati) and State College (Pa.). “[From the Maryland coaches’ perspective], it’s all about the first three games, so we’ll see,” said Dancel.

A repeat WCAC championship might improve Dancel’s stock, and solidify scouts’ opinions on the quarterback’s leadership ability. “We’re very pleased with [Dancel],” said Good Counsel Head Coach Bob Milloy. “Having him out there is like having another coach on the field.”

Stephon Diggs

Diggs, who has earned offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers, said he has been talking with Recruiting Coordinator Dave Sollazzo lately. He added that the three schools are all “pretty much even” on his list right now, but expressed a lot of interest in Maryland.

Diggs cited his big hands and ability to move in the open field as his best attributes on the football field. He said that, although he’s not sure on which side of the ball he’d prefer to play in college, he likes offense. He added that he hopes to improve his speed and strength this year.

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