Kearse Commits

Fort Myers Dunbar OLB Desmond Kearse committed to the ACC today after a meeting with coaches. The 6'2 pass rusher has been one of the most dominant forces defensively the last two years in Southwest Florida. Kearse uses his explosive first step to create constant havoc in the backfield.

Desmond Kearse, the cousin of NFL star Jevon, made his choice final on Tuesday, "I committed to Maryland, I'm just real excited about the opportunity, it seems like a perfect defensive scheme for me, I can't wait to get back on the field."

Kearse had 25 sacks as a junior and followed it up with a 62 tackle, 16 sack season in 2009. While he has played mainly DE for the Tiger's, he will be used more as an OLB at Maryland, "they call the position the 'dog' and it is an attacking spot where I will be able to get after the QB, you know I like to do that." Kearse is quiet off the field, but is the definition of swagger on it, he plays the game with some bravado and has a non-stop motor. He has safety type athleticism and is a terrific all around athlete.

While Kearse is undersized today, he is expected to gain considerable weight in college like his well known cousin. With a long frame and broad shoulders, he has a lot of room to fill out. "I'm ready to hit the weight room, I know I need to get stronger. I'm ready to go right now."

It was new Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown who identified Kearse on the recruiting trail, "We hit it off immediately, I did my research and he is known for an attacking style of defense, as soon as he started to explain how I fit into the scheme, I knew I had found a home."

Kearse will take an official visit this weekend, "I can't wait to get up there, I'm looking forward to meeting some guys on the team and other players who are committed. I've heard the campus is beautiful and obviously the academics are strong."

Head Coach Ralph Friedgen visited Dunbar today and it meant a lot to Desmond, "It was great to meet him, to shake his hand, I remember when he arrived he created a lot of excitement at Maryland. I want to be part of winning an ACC title, that is the first goal."

The visit to Maryland this weekend is expected to be Kearse's last visit.

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