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Signing Day Central
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/30/2010

Jan. 30, 2010

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - National Football Signing Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 3.

Maryland's Signing Day Central will provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2010 recruiting class.

Return throughout Signing Day for updates as the signings become official.

Signee bios will be posted shortly after paperwork becomes official. Video on the signees will be available later that day on FearTheTerps.com.

Signing Day Log (confirmed NLIs)

  • Max Garcia (7:01 a.m.)
  • Andre Monroe (7:13 a.m.)
  • Tyrek Cheeseboro (7:06 a.m.)
  • Sal Conaboy (7:35 a.m.)
  • Matt Robinson (7:10 a.m.)
  • Nate Clarke (7:37 a.m.)
  • Tyler Smith (7:01 a.m.)
  • Darius Kilgo (8:47 a.m.)
  • Rahsaan Moore (7:20 a.m.)
  • Titus Till (7:01 a.m.)
  • Jeremiah Johnson (7:50 a.m.)
  • Jeremiah Wilson (7:40 a.m.)
  • Ian Evans (7:01 a.m.)
  • Jacob Wheeler (9:00 a.m.)
  • Desmond Kearse (7:15 a.m.)
  • Clarence Murphy - 10:30 a.m.)
  • Mario Rowson (10:43 a.m.)

    Times indicate when the letter was signed. Posted upon approval though Maryland compliance office

    Signing Day Schedule (all times EST)

  • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Live updates on this page
  • 3:30 p.m. -- Head coach Ralph Friedgen officially announces the 2010 class to the media at the Gossett Team House (closed to the public). The news conference can be viewed live by clicking here.
  • 5-8 p.m. -- The Maryland Gridiron Network will hold a signing day celebration on campus at the Riggs Alumni Center. The event is open to all Maryland football fans. Click here for more information.

    The Football Signing Day Celebration can also be viewed live on Maryland All-Access by clicking here. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Friedgen will give an in-depth look at each of the incoming recruits.

    Fans who are unable to attend the event may e-mail questions to Friedgen. Questions may be submitted ahead of time or during the event. Friedgen will answer the questions during the celebration.

    2010 Maryland Signees

    NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.-EligHometown (High School/Previous School)
    Devin BurnsQB6-3185Fr.-HSColumbus, Ga. (Carver High School)
    Javarie JohnsonLB6-3215Fr.-HSWashington, D.C. (Dunbar High School)
    Tyrek CheeseboroWR6-0180Fr.-HSBaltimore, Md. (Milford Mill Academy)
    Nate ClarkeOL6-6280Fr.-HSWashington, D.C. (Archbishop Carroll High School)
    Sal ConaboyOL6-5255Fr.-HSClarks Summit, Pa. (Abington Heights High School)
    Ian EvansDL6-2245Fr.-HSAtco, N.J. (Hammonton High School)
    Max GarciaOL6-5285Fr.-HSNorcross, Ga. (Norcross High School)
    Lorne GoreeLB6-2200Fr.-HSSpringdale, Md. (C.H. Flowers High School/Fork Union Military Academy)
    Jeremiah JohnsonDB6-0170Fr.-HSForestville, Md. (Suitland High School)
    Desmond KearseLB6-2180Fr.-HSFort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar High School)
    Darius KilgoDL6-4285Fr.-HSCharlotte, N.C. (Weddington High School)
    David MackallLB6-3256Fr.-HSBaltimore, Md. (Edmonson-Westside High School/Fork Union Military Academy)
    Andre MonroeDL6-0280Fr.-HSUpper Marlboro, Md. (St. John's College High School)
    Rahsaan MooreRB6-2240Fr.-HSDistrict Heights, Md. (Wise High School)
    Clarence MurphyDL6-3240Fr.-HSHollywood, Fla. (Hollywood Hills High School)
    Matt RobinsonAth6-3220Fr.-HSColumbia, Md. (Atholton High School)
    Mario RowsonDB6-3185Fr.-HSNorfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor High School)
    Tyler SmithQB6-3195Fr.-HSEaston, Pa. (Wilson Area High School)
    Titus TillDB6-2205Fr.-HSUpper Marlboro, Md. (Wise High School)
    Jake WheelerOL6-9250Fr.-HSHollywood, Fla. (American Heritage High School)
    Jeremiah WilsonDB5-10175Fr.-HSWinchester, Va. (Handley High School)


    Devin Burns
    Quarterback
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 185
    Columbus, Ga. (Carver High School)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At Carver High School: A superb athlete who excelled as a dual-threat quarterback ... an honorable mention Class AAA All-Georgia honoree as a senior ... ranked as the 56th-best quarterback in the nation by Scout.com ... the 80th-ranked player in the state of Georgia according to Rivals.com ... ranked as the 69th-best athlete in the nation by Scouts, Inc ... totaled 1,795 passing yards, 541 rushing yards, and 21 total touchdowns as a senior ... led Carver to an 11-3 record as a junior when he threw for 763 yards and eight TDs ... also rushed for 363 yards and two scores in 2008 ... ran track for the Tigers ... also considered Georgia, Vanderbilt, Arkansas and Mississippi State ... coached by Dell McGee.

    Personal: Born in Orlando, Fla., but has lived in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Virginia, North Carolina and Hawaii ... parents are Devin and Sharrie Burns ... father is in the Army and played football Central Florida ... has two brothers and two sisters ... plans to major in business/marketing.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Devin is a kid who was very highly recruited. I got a chance to know him last year, he comes from a military background. Played most of his ball in Texas before he moved to Georgia. His dad has recently been restationed in Norfolk, which is kind of a coincidence. He had committed to us just before the season this year. We were concerned because Georgia made a hard run at him this year. Their whole staff went into his home and he kept his commitment to Maryland, which we appreciate very much and it shows the type of young man that he is. He is an athletic quarterback and has a good arm."


    Tyrek Cheeseboro
    Wide Receiver
    Fr.-HS, 6-0, 180
    Baltimore, Md. (Milford Mill Academy)

    At Milford Mill Academy: A productive wide receiver with good size and excellent speed ... a second team all-state selection as a senior ... No. 26-ranked player on the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic 53 ... ranked No. 120 nationally among wide receivers by Scout.com ... also rated No. 144 nationally among wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. ... posted 32 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... also had two kickoff returns for touchdowns ... selected to play in the 2009 Crab Bowl which pitted the top players in Baltimore vs. an all-star team from Washington, D.C. ... caught 38 passes for 776 yards (20.4 average) and 11 touchdowns as a junior ... ran track for the Millers ... also considered Rutgers, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Virginia and Georgia ... coached by Reggie White.

    Personal: Born in Baltimore ... parents are Frank and Lisa Cheeseboro ... has a sister (Paris) and brother (Torey) ... sister attends West Virginia ... plans to major in criminal justice.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Tyrek is a wide receiver who played very, very well as a junior with a guy who could throw to him. This year, he didn't really have that. He's extremely fast and a very elusive kid. We're hoping he can help us at wide receiver."


    Nate Clarke
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-6, 280
    Washington, D.C. (Archbishop Carroll High School)

    At Archbishop Carroll High School: A hard-nosed lineman with a big upside ... played both offensive and defensive line ... a two-year starter ... a SuperPrep All-American ... No. 10-ranked player on the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic 53 ... the No. 2-ranked player in Washington, D.C. according to Scout.com and Rivals.com ... a four-star prospect, ranked as the 10th-best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... also ranked No. 58 nationally among defensive tackles by Scout.com ... had 18 pancake blocks as a senior ... also posted 77 tackles, including nine sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2009 ... selected to play in the 2009 Maryland Crab Bowl All-Star Game ... did not play football until his sophomore season ... also played basketball ... also considered Illinois and Kansas State ... coached by Rick Houchens.

    Personal: Born in College Park, Md. ... mother is Stephanie Clarke ... favorite athlete is Adrian Peterson ... chose Maryland because of its nearby location ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Nate is a large, offensive lineman. He's six-foot-six, 280 pounds, a lean 280. He's only played three years of football. He has a lot of football ahead of him. We're really excited about him. He is a big, strong and athletic offensive lineman."


    Sal Conaboy
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 255
    Clarks Summit, Pa. (Abington Heights High School)

    At Abington Heights High School: An explosive athlete likely to play on the inside of the offensive line ... a 2009 first-team Class AAA All-Pennsylvania selection ... also selected to the Pennsylvania Sports Writers all-state team after his senior season ... the No. 10-ranked offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com ... the No. 15-ranked offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... the 18th-best player in the state of Pennsylvania according to Rivals.com ... ranked the No. 21 offensive guard in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... led the Comets to the 2009 District II Championship ... honored with the 2009 Hookey Reap Award, which goes to the top offensive lineman in Lackawanna County ... selected to participate in the 2010 Big 33 Football Classic ... also considered Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Connecticut, West Virginia and Minnesota ... coached by Joe Repshis.

    Personal: Born in Scranton, Pa. ... father is Conan Conaboy ... organized the Relay for Life in high school which raised money for cancer patients ... favorite athlete is Donovan McNabb ... chose Maryland because of home-like environment and football facilities.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "We would love for Sal to be a center. He's very athletic and we believe he will only get bigger and stronger once he gets here. He comes from a wonderful family. He has a bright future here at Maryland."


    Ian Evans
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 245
    Atco, N.J. (Hammonton High School)

    At Hammonton High School: A hybrid linebacker/defensive end that can disrupt the line of scrimmage ... the 25th-best player in the state of New Jersey according to Rivals.com ... the Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year ... third team all-state selection by the Star-Ledger ... a 2009 All-Group 3 first team defender ... ranked No. 36 nationally among outside linebackers according to Scouts, Inc. ... posted 52 tackles, including 17 sacks, and two forced fumbles while helping the Blue Devils win the 2009 South Jersey Group 3 state championship ... also caught 17 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns as a senior ... also played baseball for the Blue Devils ... coached by Pete Lancetta.

    Personal: Born in Philadelphia ... mother is Doreen Lynch ... favorite athlete is Chad Ochocinco ... chose Maryland because of the campus and coaches ... enjoys lifting and playing video games in his spare time ... plans to major in criminal justice.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "He is very good pass rusher. He runs extremely well. He is very good student. He's a good get for us."


    Max Garcia
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 285
    Norcross, Ga. (Norcross High School)

    At Norcross High School: An explosive lineman with excellent quickness ... an honorable mention Class 5A All-Georgia honoree as a senior ... ranked No. 58 on the SuperPrep Georgia 83 ... rated as the 58th-best player in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 51 nationally among offensive tackles by Scout.com ... ranked No. 52 nationally among offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... competed in track (50-9 in shot; 120-6 in discus) ... traveled to Australia in the summer of 2009 to compete in world track meet ... also considered Alabama, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Florida State, NC State and Wake Forest ... coached by Keith Maloof.

    Personal: Born in Atlanta ... mother is Sonia Garcia ... chose Maryland because of connection with coaches ... an outstanding high school student who plans to major in broadcast journalism.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "We were in a hard-fought battle for Max. He's also a very good student. He's passionate about being a journalist. It really came down to us and Clemson. We are very excited to get Max. I think he is the type of guy who sees where he wants to go and football provides the venue to get there."


    Lorne Goree
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 200
    Springdale, Md. (C.H. Flowers High School/Fork Union Military Academy)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At Fork Union Military Academy (2009): Attended the preparatory school in the fall ... ranked No. 19 nationally among prep school recruits by Rivals.com ... coached by John Shuman.

    At C.H. Flowers High School: A highly-skilled, physical player who has a nose for the ball ... a two-year starter at outside linebacker ... a consensus all-state selection as a senior ... rated 35th-best weakside linebacker prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... No. 47 nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 92 nationally among outside LBs by Scouts, Inc. ... recorded 90 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries (one of which he returned for a touchdown) as a senior ... also caught six passes for 140 yards and two scores, helping the Jaguars post a 10-2 record, including a runner-up finish in the 4A South region ... played in the inaugural Crab Bowl (Washington D.C. vs. Baltimore) in 2008 ... also attended Duval High School (Dunham, Md.) ... also considered West Virginia, Illinois and Syracuse ... coached by Mike Mayo.

    Personal: Born in Washington, D.C. ... parents are Lorne and Lisa Goree ... full name is Lorne Goree, Jr. ... nickname is L.A. ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Lorne is an outside linebacker, about 6-2, 205 pounds right now. He is mature as a person and as a player. We are excited to have him, he can run quite well. We think he is going to get a lot bigger and stronger."


    Javarie Johnson
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 215
    Washington, D.C. (Dunbar High School)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At Dunbar High School: An attacking linebacker with good aggressiveness and speed ... a SuperPrep All-American ... the No. 1-ranked player in Washington, D.C. ... No. 8-ranked player on the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic 53 ... the No. 16-ranked outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com ... ranked No. 17 nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 28 nationally among defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. ... posted 80 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and 13 sacks, in 2009 ... member of the Washington Post's 2009 All-Met second team ... earned all-city honors in 2008 after totaling 90 tackles, including 10 sacks ... also ran track for the Crimson Tide ... also considered Miami, Michigan, Michigan State and Virginia Tech ... coached by Craig Jeffries.

    Personal: Born in Washington, D.C. ... nickname is J.J. ... attended the same high school as former Terp All-American Vernon Davis ... role model is Ashaa Cherry, his coach at Dunbar HS ... chose Maryland because of location and defensive schemes ... plans to major in kinesiology.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Javarie committed to Miami and then decided to stay close to home. He is a kid that I fell in love with last year. I was very disappointed when he signed with Miami. When you meet this kid, you'll see why - he always has a smile on his face. He has a wonderful personality. He's also 6-3, 250 pounds and can run a 4.5, so that lights me up a little bit so I smile."


    Jeremiah Johnson
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-0, 170
    Forestville, MD (Suitland High School)

    At Suitland High School: An active defensive back with excellent potential ... ranked No. 78 nationally among cornerbacks by Scouts, Inc. ... 2009 consensus all-state selection ... a 2009 second team All-Met selection at defensive back ... recorded 99 tackles and four interceptions as a senior ... also caught 11 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... displayed excellent leadership as a senior captain after Suitland lost its head coach - Nick Lynch - in a tragic car accident ... coached by Ed Shields.

    Personal: Parents are Gary and Angeline Johnson ... has one brother and one sister.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "We were very impressed with Jeremiah's coverage skills. He is also a very good student. He runs extremely well and we are looking forward to him coming in and getting bigger and stronger."


    Desmond Kearse
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 180
    Fort Myers, Fla. (Dunbar High School)

    At Dunbar High School: An extremely athletic defensive end who disrupts the line of scrimmage ... ranked No. 60 nationally among defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked No. 108 nationally among defensive ends by Scout.com ... collected 78 tackles, including 17 sacks, and two blocked punts as a senior for the Tigers ... played in the 2009 Florida North-South All-Star game ... collected 29 sacks as a junior ... named first-team all-area as a junior ... coached by Phil Vogt.

    Personal: Born in Fort Myers, Fla. ... cousin of NFL All-Pro defensive end Jevon Kearse ... chose Maryland because of the potential for a great education as well as the team's defensive schemes.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "We kind of got on Desmond late. Coach Brown thinks he can fit into a particular position for our defense. He's extremely quick and extremely quick off the ball. We are excited about Desmond and I think he is very excited about Maryland so I think it'll be a very good marriage."


    Darius Kilgo
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 285
    Charlotte, N.C. (Weddington High School)

    At Weddington High School: A bulky defensive tackle who attacks blockers and gets after quarterbacks ... started on both lines ... ranked No. 55 nationally among offensive guards by Scout.com ... ranked No. 110 nationally among defensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... recorded 67 tackles, four sacks and two forced fumbles his senior year ... received all-conference and all-county honors after amassing 83 tackles, including five sacks, and three forced fumbles in 2008 ... participated in basketball and indoor track & field for the Warriors ... also considered Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, East Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan State.

    Personal: Born in Matthews, N.C. ... parents are Daren and Traci Kilgo ... chose Maryland because of coaching staff ... plans to major in criminal justice.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Darius is a very big, strong, athletic kid. He's very impressive on tape. We think he could play either side of the ball but we will probably start him on defense and see where it goes from there."


    David Mackall
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 256
    Baltimore, Md. (Edmondson-Westside High School/Fork Union Military Academy)

    Enrolled in classes in January and will have four years of eligibility beginning in the fall.

    At Fork Union Military Academy (2009): Attended the preparatory school in the fall ... ranked No. 5 nationally among prep school recruits by Rivals.com ... coached by John Shuman.

    At Edmondson-Westside High School: A tough-minded, aggressive linebacker who has a good motor ... labeled a four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 24 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 54 ... rated the ninth-best player in Maryland and the 15th-best strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals ... rated the 83rd-best defensive end nationally by Scout ... tallied 91 tackles, including six sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries despite playing through a wrist injury as a senior in 2008 ... helped lead Red Storm to an 8-4 record and a berth in the Class AA North regional championship game ... selected to the ESPN Small School All-State team ... named defensive MVP of the Offense-Defense Bowl after recording two sacks and blocking a punt ... contributed 13 sacks as a junior ... helped Red Storm claim its first Class 2A state championship in 2006 ... also played basketball and lacrosse for the Red Storm ... also recruited by Georgia, Clemson, Syracuse, Rutgers and Purdue ... coached by Dante Jones.

    Personal: Born in Baltimore ... parents are David, Sr. and Ava Mackall ... has three older sisters ... coached by current Maryland director of football operations Jemal Griffin early in his prep career ... enjoys drawing in his spare time ... considering majoring in business management or sports management and finance.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "David runs extremely well. He went to Fork Union last year and had a very good season there. He's kind of a seasoned guy and we're hoping he can help us next year. We're excited to have him. We think he is an excellent football player."


    Andre Monroe
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-0, 280
    Upper Marlboro, Md. (St. John's College High School)

    At St. John's College High School: An active defensive tackle who shows consistent agility at the line ... ranked No. 56 nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals, Inc. ... ranked No. 84 nationally among defensive tackles by Scout.com ... totaled 61 tackles, including 18 tackles for a loss, as a senior ... first team All-Met, All-Conference and All-City selection as a senior ... 2008 first-team All-Conference as a junior after totaling 67 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss and seven sacks ... also participated in track & field ... coached by Joe Patterson.

    Personal: Born in Washington, D.C. ... favorite athlete is Dwight Freeney ... chose Maryland because of the location and environment ... high school teammate of current Maryland lineman Pete White.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "What's most impressive about Andre is his explosiveness and speed. He runs extremely well for a 280-pound guy. He can run and that is where we are looking to upgrade ourselves."


    Rahsaan Moore
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 240
    District Heights, Md. (Wise High School)

    At Wise High School: A physical athlete who was a solid two-way player ... ranked No. 16 nationally among fullbacks by Scout.com ... an honorable mention all-state selection along the defensive line ... ranked No. 94 nationally among defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. ... totaled 461 yards on 74 carries, as well as 15 touchdowns, as a senior ... also posted 38 solo tackles, including five sacks, and one interception in 2009 ... helped the Pumas reach Class 4A state final ... an honorable mention All-Met selection as a junior ... also participated in track and field for the Pumas ... coached by DaLawn Parrish.

    Personal: Born in Hyattsville, Md. ... parents are Richard and Robin Moore ... likes to play the drums ... favorite athlete is Le'Ron McClain ... chose Maryland because of the coaching staff and proximity to home ... high school teammate of fellow signee of Titus Till ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Rahsaan matured late. He played about every position for Wise High School, who went to the state championship. We looked at him as a defensive lineman first but then started looking at him at fullback. He may grow into a defensive lineman. He is a young man who is a really good football player and a good student."


    Clarence Murphy
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 240
    Hollywood, Fla. (Hollywood Hills High School)

    At Hollywood Hills High School: An athletic defensive end who possesses good size ... a good run-stopper ... one of the top players in the state of Florida ... the 99th-ranked player in Florida by Scout.com ... ranked No. 85 nationally among defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. and No. 90 by Scout. com ... a first team all-county selection after posting 75 tackles, including 12 sacks, and three pass breakups ... led Broward County in sacks in 2009 ... played in the 2010 Team USA vs. The World game in Miami, the day prior to the NFL Pro Bowl ... also ran track and played basketball ... also considered Wisconsin, Michigan, South Florida and Colorado State ... coached by Scott Barnwell.

    Personal: Born in Hollywood, Fla. ... plans to major in criminal justice.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "He is an edge rusher for us and we believe he will grow into a pass threat for us."


    Matt Robinson
    Athlete
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 220
    Columbia, Md. (Atholton High School)

    At Atholton High School: A talented two-way performer who played wide receiver and linebacker ... ranked No. 58 nationally among tight ends by Scout.com ... the 146th-ranked athlete in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... 2009 consensus all-state selection ... earned Baltimore Sun All-Met first team honors as a receiver and Washington Post All-Met first team as a linebacker in 2009 ... 2009 Howard County Times Defensive Player of the Year .. posted 39 receptions for 792 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior ... had three 100-yard games, including a five-reception, 194-yard performance vs. River Hill .... also had 75 tackles, including four sacks, in 2009 ... played in the 2009 Crab Bowl which featured all-star teams from Baltimore and Washington, D.C. ... had over 90 receiving yards in the game ... first team All-Howard County selection in 2008 after catching 15 passes for 210 yards and four touchdowns ... recorded 74 tackles, six pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a junior ... also played basketball ... also considered Pittsburgh, Boston College and Connecticut ... coached by Kyle Schmitt, a former Maryland all-conference offensive lineman.

    Personal: Born in Baltimore ... parents are Chris Robinson and Pamila Brown ... has one sister, Marissa ... plans to major in business.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Matt makes plays as a receiver and as a safety. He had a tremendous senior year on both sides of the ball. I think he is going to be a very big kid. He's extremely athletic."


    Mario Rowson
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 185
    Norfolk, Va. (Lake Taylor High School)

    At Lake Taylor High School: A tall, athletic defensive back who has good ball skills ... started at cornerback and wide receiver ... a second team Class AAA all-state selection as a senior ... the 25th-ranked player in Virginia by Rivals.com ... also ranked No. 68 nationally among safeties by Rivals.com ... member of the SuperPrep Virginia 37 ... a 2009 first team All-Tidewater choice ... also tabbed All-Eastern Region and all-district ... had seven interceptions and eight touchdowns in leading the Mighty Titans to a 10-3 mark and the regional championship ... also played basketball .. also considered Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Penn State ... coached by Hank Sawyer.

    Personal: Born in Norfolk, Va. ... mother is Cheryleen Rowson ... has two siblings ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Coach Brown was impressed with Mario's man-to-man and press technique. We are very excited to have him and hopefully he can get into the mix as soon as he gets here."


    Tyler Smith
    Quarterback
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 195
    Easton, Pa. (Wilson Area High School)

    At Wilson Area High School: One of the top quarterbacks in the nation ... a 2009 SuperPrep All-American ... 2009 honorable mention All-America choice by EA Sports ... a three-year starter ... possesses a strong arm and is a good athlete ... ranks second on both the all-time Pennsylvania high school passing yards (8,035) and touchdown passes (87) lists ... ranked No. 9 on the SuperPrep Pennsylvania 33 ... ranked as the No. 8 QB in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... also a four-star selection by Scouts, Inc. ... the 16th-ranked player in the state of Pennsylvania by Rivals.com ... the No. 16-ranked dual QB in the nation by Rivals.com ... a four-star player and 18th-ranked signal-caller in the nation by Scout.com ... named 2009 Player of the Year by The Lehigh Valley Express-Times ... completed 172 of 323 passes for 3,130 yards and 32 touchdowns in 2009, leading the Warriors to a Colonial League championship and to the quarterfinals of the PIAA Class AAA playoffs ... had a career-best six passing TDs in two games ... passes twice in a game and rushed for over 500 yards and seven TDs as a senior ... played in the 2010 Team USA vs. The World game in Miami, the day prior to the NFL Pro Bowl ... threw for 2,952 yards and 35 touchdowns in leading the Warriors to a 12-1 mark as a junior ... also played baseball until his sophomore season ... selected to participate in the 2010 Big 33 Football Classic ... also considered Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Iowa and Penn State ... coached by Bret Comp.

    Personal: Born in Easton, Pa. ... parents are Robert and Donna Smith ... has two younger brothers ... plans to major in kinesiology ... likes to hunt and fish in his spare time.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Tyler is one of the best quarterbacks in the country. He's a mobile quarterback with a very strong arm. I'm impressed with his poise and command of the offense. You can see he's a leader."


    Titus Till
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 205
    Upper Marlboro, Md. (Wise High School)

    At Wise High School: A tall, athletic defensive back ... a SuperPrep All-American ... 2009 consensus all-state selection ... third-ranked player in Maryland, No. 158 overall in the nation and the 11th-ranked safety, according to Rivals.com ... a four-star prospect by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 36 among safeties by Scouts, Inc. ... despite missing the first three games of the season with a shoulder injury, recorded 64 tackles and four interceptions in helping lead the Pumas to the Class 4A state championship game ... anchored a defense that gave up six touchdowns all season ... also handled kickoff and punt return duties for the state runner-up ... earned Prince George's County Gazette first team and Washington Post All-Met second-team honors in 2009 ... also earned all-county first team ... played in the 2010 Team USA vs. The World game in Miami, the day prior to the NFL Pro Bowl ... also plays basketball ... considered Georgia Tech, Clemson, Boston College and Virginia ... coached by DaLawn Parrish.

    Personal: Born in Anchorage, Alaska ... parents are Durwood III and Mary Jane Till ... father is a retired Air Force officer ... has two brothers - Durwood IV and Micah ... plays the saxophone ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Titus really wanted to come to Maryland so he committed to us very soon. He was highly recruited. He's an excellent tackler and an excellent cover guy. He's a good athlete and good student."


    Jake Wheeler
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-9, 250
    Hollywood, Fla. (American Heritage High School)

    At American Heritage High School: A versatile, athletic player for his size ... started at offensive tackle and defensive end ... helped the Patriots to a 9-3 record and an appearance in the region final as a senior ... led the team in fumble recoveries as a junior and senior ... also blocked kicks in both seasons ... played in the 2009 Florida North-South All-Star game ... also participates in basketball, track and field, volleyball and baseball ... had a number of scholarship offers in basketballl ... also considered Duke and Syracuse ... coached by Byron Walker.

    Personal: Born in Hollywood, Fla. ... parents are Jim and Kathy Wheeler ... first name is Jacob ... nickname is Big Wheels ... brother, Jared, is a freshman on the Miami football team ... would like to major in either business or kinesiology.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "We think Jake is going to grow into a left tackle. He has ten siblings. I feel very fortunate to have their family as part of our family. I think he is going to be a guy that is really going to help us in the future."


    Jeremiah Wilson
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-10, 175
    Winchester, Va. (Handley High School)

    At Handley High School: An excellent athlete who has good size and quickness ... played running back and defensive back ... the 28th-ranked player in Virginia according to Rivals.com ... ranked No. 34 on the SuperPrep Virginia 37 ... the No. 69 cornerback in the nation according to Scout.com ... the 117th-ranked athlete in the nation according to Scouts, Inc. ... missed six weeks in 2009, but still managed to accumulate 926 rushing yards on 95 carries with 12 touchdowns ... also had 20 tackles and one interception ... a 2009 all-region choice at running back ... a 2008 first team all-region selection at running back and a second team choice at defensive back ... rushed for nearly 1,500 yards and had 20 touchdowns as a junior when he was the area player of the year ... recorded 80 tackles and five interceptions that season ... also ran track and plpayed basketball ... also considered Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech ... coached by Tony Rayburn.

    Personal: Born in Baltimore ... parents are Joseph and Jena Wilson ... has four siblings ... undecided on a major.

    Coach Ralph Friedgen: "Jeremiah is a corner that runs very, very well. He played running back and corner in high school. His mom grew up in Baltimore and has always been a big Terp fan. We are pretty excited about having this kid."




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