Good Counsel OL Taking Things Slow

There is plenty of talent in Maryland in the 2012 class and Rutgers is recruiting it hard. One of the players on the minds of many programs is Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) offensive lineman Mike Madaras, who spoke to about his recruitment.

Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) offensive lineman Mike Madaras is getting plenty of attention, but he hasn't gotten serious about sorting through things.

He is making a few unofficial visits and trying to set up a schedule for the spring.

"I'm looking at all the schools," Madaras said. "They're all open to me right now."

Rutgers is among the dozen or so schools recruiting the 6-foot-6, 270 pound offensive tackle. And while he is yet to visit Rutgers, he's been to a game.

When the Scarlet Knights ended the 2010 season at West Virginia (another school to offer), Madaras was in Morgantown on an unofficial visit.

Madaras admits he doesn't know much about the Scarlet Knights, but he is consistently reminded about them since former Rutgers star Ray Rice plays for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

"I've been watching them since Ray Rice went there," Madaras said. "I've been watching since then, but I don't know that much about them."

However, Rutgers is a familiar face at Our Lady of Good Counsel since it recruited Blake Countess and Vincent Croce last year, E.J. Scott in the 2010 class, and has offered receiver Stefon Diggs and is recruiting four-star running back Wes Brown from the 2012 class.

"Some of the schools that have recruited kids from my team (in previous years) have come back," Madaras said. "I get letters and stuff (from Rutgers). Besides that, there is not much communication."

Madaras claims offers from more than 10 schools. At this point, though, Madaras said he is the most familiar with one program, and for good reason.

"Probably Maryland, just because it's right down the road," said Madaras, who doesn't think distance will play a role in his decision. "As long as it's kind of reasonably close, but it's not going to be a deciding factor."

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