Signing Day Central

Jan. 31, 2011

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

    Maryland's Signing Day Central will provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2011 recruiting class, the first under Randy Edsall.

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    Return throughout Signing Day for updates.

    Signee bios will be posted shortly after paperwork becomes official.

    Signing Day Log (confirmed NLIs)

    • Evan Mulrooney (7:00 a.m.)
    • Andrew Zeller (7:03 a.m.)
    • Tyler Cierski (7:05 a.m.)
    • Ryan Doyle (7:06 a.m.)
    • Cole Farrand (7:14 a.m.)
    • Makinton Dorleant (7:15 a.m.)
    • Alex Twine (7:27 a.m.)
    • Nathaniel Renfro (7:30 a.m.)
    • Lukas Foreman (7:50 a.m.)
    • Keith Bowers (7:55 a.m.)
    • Jeremiah Hendy (8:00 a.m.)
    • Stephen Grommer (8:30 a.m.)
    • Marcus Leak (8:40 a.m.)
    • Quinton Jefferson (9:10 a.m.)
    • Brandon Ross (9:13 a.m.)
    • Undray Clark (9:20 a.m.)
    • Michael Williams (11:37 a.m.)

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

    Note: Three members of the 2011 class - Tyrek Cheeseboro, Nathaniel Clarke and Nigel King - are already in school and will not be signing NLIs.

    Signing Day Schedule (all times EST)

    • 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. -- Live updates on this page, as well as Randy Edsall's twitter account (@RandyEdsall)
    • 3 p.m. -- Head coach Randy Edsall officially announces the 2011 class to the media at the Gossett Team House (closed to the public). The news conference can be viewed live through TerpsTV Premuim by clicking here
    • 5-8 p.m. -- The Maryland Gridiron Network will hold a Recruiting Celebration on campus at the Riggs Alumni Center. The event is open to all Maryland football fans. Click here for more information.
    • 9 p.m. -- Maryland men's basketball vs. Duke at Comcast Center

    NamePos.Ht.Wt.Yr.-EligHometown (High School/Previous School)
    Keith BowersDL6-2260Fr.-HSWest Palm Beach, Fla. (T. Dwyer High School)
    Tyrek CheeseboroWR6-0180Fr.-HSBaltimore, Md. (Milford Mill Academy/Fork Union Military Academy)
    Tyler CierskiRB6-1255Fr.-HSDacula, Ga. (Mill Creek High School)
    Undray ClarkDB5-11185Fr.-HSMiami, Fla. (Felix Varela High School)
    Nathaniel ClarkeOL6-4310Fr.-HSWashington, D.C. (Archbishop Carroll High School/Fork Union)
    Makinton DorleantDB5-11170Fr.-HSNaples, Fla. (Lely High School)
    Ryan DoyleOL6-6265Fr.-HSWake Forest, N.C. (Wake Forest-Rolesville High School)
    Cole FarrandLB6-2233Fr.-HSSparta, N.J. (Pope John XXIII High School)
    Lukas ForemanDB6-4195Fr.-HSNaples, Fla. (Naples High School)
    Stephen GrommerOL6-5290Fr.-HSSpartanburg, S.C. (Spartanburg High School)
    Jeremiah HendyDB6-1188Fr.-HSBowie, Md. (Bowie High School)
    Quinton JeffersonDL6-4225Fr.-HSPittsburgh, Pa. (Woodland Hills High School)
    Nigel KingWR6-3199Fr.-HSRaleigh, N.C. (Oak Ridge Military Academy)
    Marcus LeakWR6-0195Fr.-HSCharlotte, N.C. (Parkwood High School)
    Evan MulrooneyOL6-4282Fr.-HSWilmington, Del. (Salesianum High School)
    Nathan RenfroP/PK6-2200Fr.-HSBrentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
    Brandon RossRB6-0200Fr.-HSNewark, Del. (Charter School of Wilmington)
    Alex TwineLB6-1200Fr.-HSGaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School)
    Michael WilliamsDB5-11175Fr.-HSHyattsville, Md. (DeMatha High School)
    Andrew ZellerOL6-5280Fr.-HSRed Lion, Pa. (Red Lion Senior High School)

    Keith Bowers
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 260
    West Palm Beach, Fla. (T. Dwyer High School)

    At William T. Dwyer High School: Helped lead team to 2010 Florida 4A State Championship game ... finished senior season with 74 tackles, including 15 sacks ... member of the 2009 4A State Championship team...three-year starter on offensive and defensive lines ... ranked as 22nd-best player in Palm Beach County by Palm Beach Post ... also considered offers from Illinois, Kansas, and Northern Illinois, among others ... coached by Jack Daniels.

    Personal: Parents have run a homeless shelter in West Palm Beach, Fla., for the last 22 years.

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

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

    At Fork Union Academy (2010): Attended the preparatory school in the fall ... ranked No. 16 nationally among prep school recruits by ... coached by John Shuman.

    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 ... 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.

    Tyler Cierski
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 255
    Dacula, Ga. (Mill Creek High School)

    At Mill Creek High School: Rated the fourth-best fullback in the nation by ... ranked as the No. 2 fullback in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... helped team to 2010 Georgia AAAAA state quarterfinal game ... ran for 792 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season ... 187 receiving yards and two touchdowns his senior season ... broke six school records; most points scored in a season, most career points, most rushing touchdowns in a season, and most career rushing touchdowns ... threw shot put and discus for track team ... also considered Stanford, Florida State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee ... coached by Shannon Jarvis.

    Personal: Born in Stony Brook, N.Y....all time favorite Terp is Vernon Davis...role models include his parents and Warrick Dunn...plans to major in kinesiology or sports related discipline.

    Undray Clark
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-11, 185
    Miami, Fla. (Felix Varela High School)

    At Felix Varela High School: Helped lead team to 6A playoffs as a senior, marking the program's first trip since 2006 ... had 218 receiving yards and three touchdowns during senior season, as well as two interceptions on defense ... during his senior season had 72 tackles, 5 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns), and two kickoff returns for touchdowns ... also blocked three punts, returned four kickoffs for touchdowns, and led the team in tackles his junior season ... also considered Minnesota, Duke and Wake Forest ... coached by Matt Dixon.

    Personal: Born in Miami, Fla. ... favorite NFL player is Ed Reed ... chose Maryland because of connection with defensive coordinator Don Brown...plans to major in business management.

    Nathaniel Clarke
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 310
    Washington, D.C. (Archbishop Carroll 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 Academy (2010): Attended the preparatory school in the fall ... ranked No. 11 nationally among prep school recruits by ... coached by John Shuman.

    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 and ... a four-star prospect, ranked as the 10th-best offensive guard in the nation by ... also ranked No. 58 nationally among defensive tackles by ... 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.

    Makinton Dorleant
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-11, 170
    Naples, Fla. (Lely High School)

    At Lely High School: Recorded 42 tackles, 14 pass breakups, one interception, one fumble recovery, two blocked field goals and 652 yards of total offense as a senior despite missing four games with an injury ... the No. 43-ranked safety in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked No. 62 in the country among cornerbacks by ... rated No. 85 nationally among cornerbacks by ... registered 42 tackles, two pass breakups and three blocked kicks in 2009 ... also considered Florida State, Iowa State, Wisconsin and West Virginia ... coached by Dave Miller.

    Personal: Born in Naples, Fla. ... hobbies include reading and hanging out with friends...chose Maryland because of location, campus facilities, and relationship with defensive coordinator Don Brown...plans to major in business or journalism

    Ryan Doyle
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS 6-6, 265
    Wake Forest, N.C. (Wake Forest-Rolesville High School)

    At Wake Forest Rolesville High School: Helped lead his team to Class 4A State Championship game his senior season ... rated as the No. 93 offensive tackle in the nation by ... leader of an offensive line that helped Cougars rush for over 4,000 yards in 2010 ... captained a team which went 14-2 his senior season... earned all-area and all-conference honors as a junior when team went 14-1 ... coached by Reggie Lucas.

    Personal: Parents are Mike and Julie Doyle ... had three siblings (Sara, Jack, and Mary) ... father is the former head coach at Ellsworth Community College ... also coached at Foothill College, San Francisco Community College, San Francisco State, (head coach of) Leicester Panthers (United Kingdom), and Iowa State.

    Cole Farrand
    Fr.-HS 6-2, 233
    Sparta, N.J. (Pope John XXIII High School)

    At Pope John XXIII High School: A versatile athlete with a long and rangy frame ... a productive tight end and linebacker ... the 25th-rated outside linebacker in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... the 29th-ranked player in the state of New Jersey by ... helped lead team to a 10-1 record as a senior and 9-2 as a junior ... a 2010 second team all-state selection and a first team all-state (non-public school) pick ... also a 2010 Star Ledger Fab 50 choice .... recorded 78 tackles, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception returned for a touchdown and three touchdown receptions in 2010 ... team captain as a senior ... a member of the 2010 Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) All-Academic team ... a two-time first team All-NJAC performer (2009-10) ... a 2009 first team All-West Jersey choice and a second team all-state (non-public school) selection ... hauled in three TD passes as a junior, as well as averaging 10 tackles a game ... also picked off one pass, forced two fumbles and was credited with 10 tackles for losses in 2009 ... posted 76 tackles, including 3.5 sacks, and three passes defended as a sophomore ... a 2008 second team all-county choice ... a member of the track and field team ... anchored the 4x100 at the 2009 Penn Relays ... set school records in both the discus and shot put ... a 2010 All-West Jersey choice ... two-time all-league pick ... also considered Boston College, Rutgers, Penn State ... coached by Victor Paternostro.

    Personal: Born in Denville, N.J. ... parents are George and Beverly Farrand ... father threw the hammer for the Wyoming track and field team ... brother, Brigham, played at Bucknell ... also has a sister, Amanda, undecided on a major, but lists favorite high school class as history ... chose Maryland for the campus atmosphere, location and coaches ... serves as a volunteer coach for the Rockaway Township youth track and field program.

    Lukas Foreman
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 195
    Naples, Fla. (Naples High School)

    At Naples High School: A tall, versatile defensive back ... collected 59 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble during his senior year ... helped lead team to an undefeated record in the regular season before losing in the second round of the playoffs ... ranked as the No. 72 safety by ESPN ... registered 43 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick as a junior ... played basketball and ran track ... also considered West Virginia and Kansas ... coached by Bill Kramer.

    Personal: Born in Naples, Fla. ... hobbies include fishing, wakeboarding, and boating ... major is still undecided.

    Stephen Grommer
    Offensive Line
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 290
    Spartanburg, S.C. (Spartanburg High School)

    At Spartanburg High School: A solid run blocker with good quickness ... three-year starter on offensive line ... an all-state choice as a senior ... ranked No. 81 nationally among offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... the No. 33-ranked player on on the SuperPrep South Carolina 40 ... ranks him No. 122 nationally among offensive guards ... selected to play in the 2010 North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl ... threw shot put and discus for track team all-region choice in discus as a sophomore and junior ... finsihed eighth in the state in the discus as a junior ... also considered North Carolina State, Kentucky and Harvard ... coached by Freddie Brown.

    Personal: Born in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ... parents are Gerhard and Mary Grommer ... maintains a 3.9 GPA in high school ...has three siblings ... role model is older brother, Josef, who plays football for Wofford College in South Carolina ... enjoys fishing, hunting and reading ... interested in a career in business management.

    A.J. Hendy
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 188
    Bowie, Md. (Bowie High School)

    At Bowie High School: A versatile athlete who made plays on offense, defense and special teams ... ranked as the No. 32 cornerback in the nation according to, as well as the eighth-best player in the state of Maryland ... ranked No. 12 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 49 ... the 87th-ranked athlete in the nation by Scouts, Inc. and 62nd-ranked wide receiver by ... a 2010 Big School All-State second team selection ... posted 592 receiving yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... also had three punt returns for touchdowns, 30 tackles, five interceptions, including three returned for TDs ... team captain as a senior ... made 41 catches for 464 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior ...earned overall MVP, combine king and fastest man awards at the Baltimore Combine...two-time state high jump champion ... also considered Iowa, North Carolina State and Virginia ... coached by Lionel Macklin.

    Personal: Plans to major in psychology ... full name is Jeremiah Hendy.

    Quinton Jefferson
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 225
    Pittsburgh, Pa. (Woodland Hills High School)

    At Woodland Hills High School: An impressive defensive lineman with a big frame ... ranked as the 25th-best player in Pennsylvania by ... No. 15 on the SuperPrep Pennsylvania 32 ... rated No. 40 nationally among defensive ends by Scouts, Inc. and No. 47 by ... leader on a defense that held opponents to 12.1 points per game during 2010 ... recorded 16 sacks as a senior... a 2010 Class AAAA second-team all-state selection ... played in consecutive WPIAL AAAA championship games at Heinz Field ... participated in the "Big 33" high school football all-star game...had five sacks as a junior ... also played basketball ... considered Cincinnati, Iowa and Pittsburgh ... coached by George Novak.

    Personal: Born in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... chose Maryland because of academics, vibrant campus, and team culture...enjoys drawing ... nickname is "Q"... undecided on a major.

    Nigel King
    Wide Receiver
    6-3, 199
    Raleigh, NC (Oak Ridge Military Academy)

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

    At Oak Ridge Military Academy: A big, strong talented wide receiver ... the No. 49-ranked receiver in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... 11th overall prospect in North Carolina according to ... ranked No. 23 in SuperPrep's North Carolina 40 ... recorded 38 receptions for 732 yards and eight touchdowns during senior season ... transferred from Wakefield HS after his junior season ... member of Rivals 250 as a junior... despite missing six games during junior season, he still managed to record 900 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns ... also considered North Carolina, LSU, West Virginia, South Carolina, Louisville, and North Carolina State ... coached by Otis Yelverton.

    Personal: Born in Raleigh, N.C. ... chose Maryland for the coaching staff and location...plans to major in broadcast journalism.

    Marcus Leak
    Wide Receiver
    Fr.-HS, 6-0, 195
    Charlotte, N.C. (Parkwood High School)

    At Parkwood High School: A strong and speedy receiver ... the 24th-ranked player in North Carolina according to ... ranked No. 44 nationally among WR by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked No. 34 on the SuperPrep North Carolina 40 ... posted the highest SPARQ rating at the Charlotte Nike combine ... recorded 305 rushing yards with two touchdowns as a senior ... also had 200 yards receiving with one touchdown, and 30 tackles in 2010 despite missing four games with injury ... picked to play in the 74th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game ... had 630 receiving yards and five touchdowns as a junior ... also played basketball and ran track in high school...also considered North Carolina State, Clemson, and East Carolina ... coached by Nelson Rowell.

    Personal: Born in Charlotte, N.C. ... brother, Maurice, plays quarterback at Charleston University in West Virginia ... father played football at Catawba ... favorite all time terps are Torrey Smith and Darius Heyward-Bey...intended major is still undecided.

    Evan Mulrooney
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS 6-4, 282
    Wilmington, Del. (Salesianum High School)

    At Salesianum High School: An athletic offensive lineman who is a solid run blocker ... one of the top players in the state, ranking No. 4 according to ... ranked as the 15th-best center in the country by ... a 2010 first team all-state selection ... team averaged over 300 yards of offense and 30 points per game his senior year ... helped lead his team to state semifinals his senior year ... team won state championship as a junior ...also considered North Carolina State and Virginia Tech ... coachi Bill DiNardo.

    Personal: Born in Wilmington, Del. ... favorite all time Terp is Randy White ... chose Maryland because of location and connection with Tom Brattan...plans to major in kinesiology.

    Nathan Renfro
    Fr.-HS 6-2, 200
    Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)

    At Brentwood Academy: A strong-legged kicker who was a 2010 Division II-AA all-state selection at punter ... averaged 39.0 yards per punt as a senior for a 10-3 team ... dropped 10 of his 27 punts insde the opponents' 20-yard line ... also hit 4 of 7 field-goal attempts, including a long of 42 yards, and had 19 touchbacks on 87 kickoffs ... averaged 36.8 yards per punt (long of 51) as a junior ... also connected on 6 of 12 FGs, including a 51-yarder ... also considered Northwestern, Central Michigan and Harvard.

    Brandon Ross
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-0, 200
    Newark, Del. (Charter School of Wilmington)

    At Charter School of Wilmington: A good-sized back who was a three-year starter ... a second team all-state selection ... the 95th-ranked running back in the nation according to ... 1,172 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 181 carries as a senior ... also posted 19 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns in 2010 ... after a 2-8 2009 campaign, he helped his team rebound to a 7-3 record his senior season, the best record in program history ... carried the ball 179 times for 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2009 ... also considered Boston College, Army, Delaware State, Rutgers, and North Carolina State.

    Personal: Born in Philadelphia, Pa. ... hobbies include writing, drawing and swimming ... plans to major in kinesiology.

    Alex Twine
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 200
    Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School)

    At Quince Orchard High School: A hard-tackling, athletic linebacker ... a 2010 consensus all-state selection ... a 2010 first team All-Met selection at DE ... ranked as the No. 56 outside linebacker according to Scouts, Inc. ... ranked No. 46 in SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 49 ... recorded 52 tackles (18 for loss), four forced fumbles, and three interceptions during senior season ... also played basketball in high school ... also considered Delaware and James Madison.

    Personal: Born in Olney, Md. ... referred to Maryland as "dream school"... hobbies include hanging out with friends, video games, spending time with family ... major is still undecided ... played at Quince Orchard with current Terps Travis Hawkins and Zacharaih Kerr.

    Michael Williams
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-11, 175
    Hyattsville, Md. (Dematha High School)

    At Dematha High School: Ranked No. 30 in the SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 49 ... helped team to WCAC final ... part of WCAC championship team his sophomore year ... also ran track ... finished second in 300 hurdles at conference championships ... also considered Illinois, Miami (Ohio), New Mexico and Toledo ... coached by Bill McGregor

    Personal: Brother Madieu Williams was a defensive back at Maryland ... drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL draft, currently plays safety for the Minnesota Vikings ... chose Maryland because it was close to home and relationship with coaching staff ... played at DeMatha with current Terps Kenny Tate and Pete DeSouza.

    Andrew Zeller
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 280
    Red Lion, Pa. (Red Lion Senior High School)

    At Red Lion High School: Played both offensive and defensive lines ... recorded 67 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks, as a senior ... a 2010 Class AAAA second-team all-state selection ... ranked 24th-best player in the state of Pennsylvania by ... ranked as a top 60 offensive guard by ... helped his team to the quarterfinals in Pennsylvania class AAAA his senior season ... posted 32 solo tackles, 27 assists, 14 tackles for loss, five sacks and five pass breakups in 2009 ... also considered Oregon, Miami, Michigan State, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt ... coached by Pat Conrad.

    Personal: Born in Westminster Md. ... parents are Daren and Glynda Zeller ... favorite all time Terp is Steve Suter...nickname is Big Z ... hobbies include hunting and lifting ... plans to major in secondary education, criminal justice, or business management.