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Signing Day Central
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 01/30/2008

Jan. 30, 2008

  • Maryland Signs 18 Recruits for 2008 Season | Coach Friedgen Interviewed on CSTV

    COLLEGE PARK, Md. - National Football Signing Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 6.

    Maryland's Signing Day Central will provide the most comprehensive coverage of the 2008 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 this page and on FridgeTV.

    Signing Day Log (confirmed NLIs)

  • 7:01 a.m. -- R.J. Dill
  • 7:02 a.m. -- Davin Meggett
  • 7:08 a.m. -- Cameron Chism
  • 7:08 a.m. -- Justin Lewis
  • 7:10 a.m. -- Justin Gilbert
  • 7:38 a.m. -- Eteyen Edet
  • 7:42 a.m. -- Cody Blue
  • 8:20 a.m. -- Zach Kerr
  • 8:50 a.m. -- Tyler Bass
  • 9:00 a.m. -- Kerry Boykins
  • 9:25 a.m. -- Gary Douglas
  • 9:30 a.m. -- Masengo Kabongo
  • 10:00 am. -- Kenny Tate
  • 11:35 am. -- A.J. Francis
    Note: Devonte Campbell, Kevin Dorsey, Matt Furstenburg, Demetrius Hartsfield, Carl Russell and Joe Vellano did not sign NLIs, but are enrolled in classes this semester.

    updated 12:45 p.m. ET

    Signing Day Schedule (all times ET)

  • 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Live updates on this page
  • 3 p.m. -- Head Coach Ralph Friedgen officially announces the 2008 class to the media at the Gosett Team House (closed to the public). The press conference can be viewed live through All-Access.
  • 5 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 All-Access starting at 6 p.m. Friedgen will give an in-depth look at each of the Terps recruits.

     

    NamePositionClassHT, WTHometown (Previous School)Video
    Tyler BassQBFr.-HS6-3, 220Atlanta, Ga. (Stockbridge High School)
    Cody BlueDLFr.-HS6-4, 286Columbia, Md. (Wilde Lake High School)
    Kerry BoykinsWRFr.-HS6-1, 200Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar Frommel Smith High School)
    Devonte CampbellTEFr.-HS6-3, 240Forestville, Md. (Forestville HS/Hargrave Military Academy)
    Cameron ChismDBFr.-HS6-0, 185Forestville, Md. (Bishop McNamara High School)
    R.J. DillOLFr.-HS6-6, 274Camp Hill, Pa. (Trinity High School)
    Kevin DorseyWRFr.-HS6-2, 187Forestville, Md. (Forestville High School)
    Gary DouglasRBFr.-HS5-11, 179Durham, N.C. (Hillside High School)
    Eteyen EdetLBFr.-HS6-1, 235Fort Washington, Md. (Friendly Senior High School)
    A.J. FrancisDLFr.-HS6-5, 310Severn, Md. (Gonzaga College High School [D.C.])
    Matt FurstenbergTEFr.-HS6-4, 235Flemington, N.J. (Hunterdon Central Regional HS/The Hun School)
    Justin GilbertOLFr.-HS6-6, 283Richmond, Va. (Monacan High School)
    Demetrius HartsfieldLBFr.-HS6-2, 225Raleigh, N.C. (Southeast Raleigh High School)
    Masengo KabongoDLFr.-HS6-1, 285Fairfield, Conn. (Fairfield College Prep)
    Zach KerrDLFr.-HS6-3, 310Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School)
    Justin LewisOLFr.-HS6-4, 320Johnsonville, S.C. (Johnsonville High School)
    Davin MeggettRBFr.-HS5-8, 210Clinton, Md. (Surrattsville High School)
    Carl RussellDLFr.-HS6-6, 270Washington, D.C. (H.D. Woodson HS)
    Kenny TateWRFr.-HS6-4, 215Forestville, Md. (DeMatha High School)
    Joe VellanoDLFr.-HS6-2, 270Rexford, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy)




    Tyler Bass
    Quarterback
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 220
    Atlanta, Ga. (Stockbridge High School)

    at Stockbridge High School: A dual-threat quarterback with excellent strength who can make plays with his legs as well as his arm ... a good-sized athlete who ranked No. 73 nationally among quarterbacks by Scout.com ... also ranked No. 57 nationally among athletes by Scouts, Inc. ... a two-year starter at quarterback ... completed 99 of 181 passes for 1,203 yards and 12 touchdowns with only three interceptions his senior season ... added 606 yards and 11 touchdowns on 81 carries ... threw for 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2006 when he led an offense which averaged 30 points per game ... also recruited by Louisville, Purdue, Western Kentucky, Memphis and East Carolina ... coached by Steve Collins.

    Personal: Born December 20, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii ... parents are Debbie and Harold Bass ... father is a Prince Georges County native and life-long Maryland fan ... very involved in an elementary school mentoring program ... undecided on a major but favoring pre-dentistry or communications.

    Friedgen on Bass: "This is a big strong, athletic player. He can run it, he can throw it. We got on him late and I was really surprised that a kid with his ability was still around. I think we have a good player here."




    Cody Blue
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 286
    Columbia, Md. (Wilde Lake High School)

    at Wilde Lake High School: A hard-working defensive tackle who can move well despite his large frame ... the 19th-ranked player in the state of Maryland according to Rivals.com ... a three-star prospect, ranked as the 64th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and No. 78 among offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... a two-way starter at offensive tackle and along the defensive line ... helped lead the team to an 8-2 record his senior season when totaled 38 tackles, including four sacks, along the defensive line ... a 2007 first-team Big School All-Maryland selection along the offensive line ... a second-team All-Howard County selection as an offensive tackle by the Baltimore Sun ... also lettered in track (shot put) ... also considered Illinois, Connecticut, Boston College and Virginia Tech ... coached by Doug Duvall.

    Personal: Born January 31, 1990 ... parents are Dana Blue and Petra Montague ... father played quarterback at Towson ... has worked hard to improve his grades and chose Maryland partly because of the program's emphasis on academics ... planning to major in criminal justice.

    Friedgen on Blue:"Cody is a big, tall, athletic, defensive lineman that runs very well. He has great growth potential. He committed to us very early in the spring."




    Kerry Boykins
    Wide Receiver
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 200
    Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar Frommel Smith High School)

    at Oscar Frommell Smith High School: A speedy yet physical wide receiver with explosive abilities as a kick returner ... also saw time at strong safety during his career ... a member of the ESPN 150 ... the 138th-ranked prospect in the nation by ESPN.com ... ranked No. 194 on the Rivals.com 250 ... rated No. 20 nationally among receivers by Scouts, Inc. and No. 26 by Rivals.com ... the eighth-best prospect in the state of Virginia by Rivals.com ... the 11th-ranked recruit in Virginia according to SuperPrep ... rated No. 13 overall among Virginia recruits by Scout.com ... earned second-team all-state honors as a junior and first-team honors as a senior ... a two-time first-team All-Tidewater selection ... named team captain and best receiver as a senior ... although missed half of the season with an injury, totaled 43 catches for 705 yards and nine scores as a senior ... led team to an Eastern Regional Title in 2007 ... had 35 catches for 750 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ...also ran the 55-meter hurdles for the track team in 2006 and 2007, earning all-district honors ... also recruited by Tennessee, Michigan State, North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech and Virginia... coached by Richard Morgan.

    Personal: Born February 23, 1990 ... mother is Sonya Wright ... helps tutor elementary school children in reading and math ... on the academic honor roll in high school ... interested in earning a criminal justice degree so he can pursue a career as an FBI agent.

    Friedgen on Boykins:"He is one of the better wide receivers in the country. It is always good to get a kid out of the tidewater area. Right now we are pulling two or three players out of that area a year. Kerry is quick. He has great hands, and he catches the ball in front of him."




    Devonte Campbell
    Tight End
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 240
    Forestville, Md. (Forestville High School/Hargrave Military Academy)

    at Hargrave Military Academy (2007): Ranked No. 9 overall nationally among prep players by Rivals.com ... had a 73-yard TD reception in a 30-0 win over Robert Morris ... had three catches for 67 yards in a 22-12 loss to Louisburg College ... had one catch for 18 yards in a 37-20 loss to Tennessee ... originally signed with the Terps in February, 2007, but attended the Chatham, Va., school that fall ... coached by Robert Prunty.

    at Forestville High School: A solid two-way player who possess good hands and athletic ability ... started as a junior and senior at tight end and linebacker ... one of the top recruits in the nation ... a SuperPrep All-American ... labeled a four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 4 on SuperPrep's Mid-Atlantic 36 and No. 4 on Rivals.com's Maryland 15 ... also ranked No. 12 nationally among tight ends by Scouts, Inc. and No. 15 by Rivals.com ... a 2006 first team All-Met selection on defense ... posted 31 receptions for 1,145 yards and 13 TDs as a senior in leading his team to the Maryland 1A South Region final. ... also had 72 tackles, including four sacks, and three interceptions ... posted 20 receptions for 768 yards with 10 touchdowns as a junior ... chipped in 62 tackles, including seven sacks, in 2005 ... also a standout in basketball, averaging over 22 points per game as a senior ... received offers from Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Illinois and Syracuse ... coached by Charles Harley.

    Personal: Born June 27, 1989 ... parents are Celestine Young and David Samuel ... earned a spot on the Forestville honor roll as a freshman and senior.

    Friedgen on Campbell: "This guy is kind of like Vernon Davis. He is very, very athletic in playing space. He is 240 right now. I don't know how much bigger he will get, but if he is like Vernon he can get up to 255 and run. If you watch the tape tonight you can see that he is very, very athletic. He was at Hargrave Military Academy last year, and transferred in. He is here right now and he will be in spring practice."




    Cameron Chism
    Defensive Back
    Fr.-HS, 6-0,185
    Forestville, Md. (Bishop McNamara High School)

    at Bishop McNamara High School: A speedy, athletic cornerback who also spent time at receiver ... rated No. 20 nationally among cornerbacks by Rivals.com and No. 28 by Scouts, Inc. ... the 47th-ranked cornerback in the country by Scout.com ... the seventh-best prospect in the state of Maryland, according to Rivals.com ... rated the 11th-best prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... a first-team all-state honoree as a senior and an honorable mention all-state selection as a junior ... a first-team all-county and all-conference selection in 2006 and 2007 ... the WCAC defensive back of the year as a junior in 2006 ... recorded seven interceptions and 98 tackles that season, with 803 yards and seven touchdowns as a receiver ... totaled 81 tackles, five picks and a fumble recovery for a touchdown in 2007 ... as a senior, he caught 41 passes for 750 yards and four scores, and also carried the ball 10 times for 157 yards and a touchdown ... scored twice on kickoff returns and once as a punt returner ... also ran several events in track and field as a senior ... also considered Pittsburgh, Illinois, Boston College, NC State and North Carolina, among others ... coached by Bryce Bevill.

    Personal: Born Christmas Day (Dec. 25), 1990 in Washington, D.C. ... parents are Barbara and Carl Chism ... has an older sister, Carlethia, and an older brother, Carl, who starts at safety for Texas-Southern ... volunteers as an assistant at his old preschool ... currently undecided, but interested in pursuing a criminal justice major.

    Friedgen on Chism: "This is a guy that we were psyched about getting. He has great speed, and he is a track guy. The University of Pittsburgh gave us pretty good competition for him and we were happy that he came our way."




    R.J. Dill
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-6, 274
    Camp Hill, Pa. (Trinity High School)

    at Trinity High School: A strong tackle with a massive frame ... started at both offensive and defensive tackle for Trinity ... the 25th-best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania by SuperPrep ... the 58th-ranked prospect in the state by Scout.com ... rated No. 61 nationally among offensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... a first team All-Mid-Penn Conference selection in 2006 and 2007 ... helped pave the way for Trinity to gain over 3,200 yards on the ground in 2007 ... recorded 26 tackles, two forced fumbles and four quarterback hurries as a senior ... team won conference championships in 2006 and 2007 ... scheduled to play in the 2008 Big 33 game ... also a four-year letterman in basketball where he was team captain and the starting center ... won a conference championship in basketball as a sophomore ... also considered Penn State, Connecticut, Temple, Duke and Akron ... coached by Jeff Boger.

    Personal: Born July 26, 1990 in Athens, Ga. ... parents are Bob and Michele Dill ... father is a Navy grad ... has a younger brother, Patrick ... referees youth basketball games at the local YMCA ... interested in pursuing a business major.

    Friedgen on Dill: "This kid is playing in the Big-33 game. He is very tall. He plays on the basketball team, and he's very athletic. I think he is going to even get bigger, and become a 310 pounder when he fills out, but he moves very well. He's very athletic on film, and he has very, very good feet. He has to get stronger but I think that will come in time."




    Kevin Dorsey
    Wide Receiver
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 187
    Forestville, Md. (Forestville High School)

    at Forestville High School: An intelligent, polished receiver with excellent size and soft hands ... started at both wide receiver and free safety ... a PrepStar All-American ... labeled a four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com ... No. 77 on Tom Lemming's Top 100 recruits in the nation ... the fourth-best prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep and the third-ranked player in the state of Maryland by Rivals.com ... also ranked No. 3 in Maryland by Scout.com ... member of the Rivals 250 ... rated as the 19th-best receiver in the nation by Rivals.com and 25th by Scout.com ... ranked No. 57 nationally among wide receivers by Scouts, Inc. ... caught 30 passes for 1,025 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior in 2006 ... followed that up with 50 catches for 902 yards and 11 scores in 2007 ... had four interceptions as a junior, and seven more as a senior ... also scored touchdowns on an 81-yard kickoff return, a 60-yard interception return, and a run off of a fake punt during his senior campaign ... a strong student who graduated early and enrolled at Maryland for the spring semester ... also recruited by Illinois, Connecticut and Marshall ... coached by Charles Haley.

    Personal: Born February 23, 1990 ... parents are John and Adrienne Dorsey ... has two sisters, Latasha and Aleisha ... served as the commandant of his high school ... interested in majoring in business management.

    Friedgen on Dorsey: "This is an outstanding individual. Kevin committed to us as a sophomore and went to the combines last spring and was exceptional. I'm really happy that he never wavered. He stayed with us, never took another visit. He has great speed, and he is just an outstanding man who reminds me a lot of Dominique Foxworth, not only physically but just as a person."




    Gary Douglas
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-11, 179
    Durham, N.C. (Hillside High School)

    at Hillside High School: A multi-purpose back ... a PrepStar All-American ... an all-state honoree as a senior ... a three-star recruit and the 46th-best back in the nation by Rivals.com ... also ranked as the 27th-best prospect in North Carolina by that outlet ... ranked 81 nationally among running backs by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked 19th overall in the state of North Carolina by SuperPrep and 31st by Scout.com ... totaled 235 carries for 2,100 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior after piling up 1,889 yards and 17 TDs as a junior ... fumbled only twice in two seasons, despite carrying the ball over 350 times ... has soft hands and snagged 10 receptions for 225 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... saw time at kick returner as well ... also ran track in high school ... also considered NC State and California ... coached by Ray Harrison.

    Personal: Born December 21, 1990 in San Jose, Calif. ... parents are Gary (Sr.) and Tammera Douglas ... volunteered to help coach his stepfather's pop warner team ... undecided on a major.

    Friedgen on Douglas: "Gary was a first-team all state performer. He has great speed and committed to us this past summer. The University of California was the competition. His father lives out in Berkley, and oddly enough, when we were there for the bowl game he came by and watched a couple of practices. I think he wanted to stay close to home so we were fortunate enough to get him."




    Eteyen Edet
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 235
    Fort Washington, Md. (Friendly Senior High School)

    at Friendly Senior High School: An aggressive sideline-to-sideline defender who had a standout senior season ... a first-team all-state honoree in 2007 .. also earned All-Met and all-county honors as a senior ... labeled a three-star recruit by Scout.com ... ranked No. 41 nationally among middle linebackers by Scout.com ... registered 110 tackles, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery as a senior ... spent his junior year at Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy after two years of prep work at Wagner High School in Staten Island, N.Y. ... recorded 97 tackles, including two sacks as a sophomore ... also played basketball in high school ... also considered Louisville, Michigan State, Tennessee and N.C. State ... coached by George Early.

    Personal: Born Dec. 18, 1989 in Staten Island, N.Y. ... mother is Grace Yutuk ... mother is of Nigerian decent ... has one younger sister and two older brothers ... name is pronounced eh-TAY-n edit.

    Friedgen on Edet: "This guy is an interesting story. I went to see Kevin Dorsey play against Lamar Thomas. This kid had 18 tackles in the game. I wanted to know who he was so I did a little research. He is originally from New York, but he had a tough situation at home. He was very motivated to get ahead even though he got a slow start.

    He had some work to do academically but the change in him has been almost unbelievable. I made maybe 15 calls about this kid and everyone has said that his life has changed. I went over to his school the other day to see him and saw he was on the honor roll. I wanted to give this kid a chance and see what he can do. I think that he is a heck of a football player and a great kid. I think he has finally gotten it together, and he will be a great success story if he can fulfill his dreams."




    A.J. Francis
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-5, 310
    Severn, Md. (Gonzaga College High School [D.C.])

    at Gonzaga College High School: One of the top players to come out of the District of Columbia ... a three-year starter at defensive tackle and a two-year starter at offensive tackle ... the No. 4-ranked player in Washington D.C. by Rivals.com as a senior when he posted 61 tackles, including 26 for loss and 4.5 sacks ... also had 71 pancake blocks ... rated No. 68 nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals.com ... labeled a three-star recruit by Rivals.com ... also ranked No. 82 nationally among offensive guards by Scouts.com ... a 2007 first-team All-WCAC selection along the defensive line ... also named first-team All-Met and first-team All-Pigskin Club ... played in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... an honorable mention All-Met choice as a junior when he racked up 71 tackles, including 4.5 sacks ... also had 60 pancakes blocks as an offensive tackle ... also considered Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, UCLA, Florida State Virginia and BC ... coached by Kenny Lucas (first three years) and Joe Reyda (senior year).

    Personal: Born March 7, 1990 in Washington D.C. ... full name is Anthony Joseph Francis ... parents are Michael and Carrie Francis ... has one younger sister, Julia ... plans to major in communications with an interest in broadcasting ... enjoys writing poetry and music ... took part in the high school's spring musical each year ... volunteered with S.O.M.E (So Others May Eat), which fed homeless people in Washington D.C. ... had quite a commute during high school, traveling nearly 30 miles one way.

    Friedgen on Francis: "A.J. is a big, strong, very agile defensive lineman. He has huge hands on him. He committed to us in the spring after he excelled in three or four combines. We are very excited to have him. I think he is going to start on defense, and we will see how that goes, but he is very easy to play on offense as well. I don't think it really matters to him one way or the other."




    Matt Furstenburg
    Tight End
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 235
    Flemington, N.J. (Hunterton Central Regional High School/The Hun School)

    at Hunterton Central Regional High School: A tall, athletic tight end with good hands ... a four-star recruit by Scout.com ... an all-state and all-county selection as a senior in 2006 when he had 28 catches for 400 yards and four touchdowns ... also netted 76 tackles and eight sacks on the defensive side of the ball as Hunterdon finished 9-3 and won the state championship in 2006 ... also lettered in lacrosse, where he led Hunterton to three consecutive state titles (2005-07) ... an all-state and honorable mention All-American selection in lacrosse ... team won conference championships in 2006 and 2007 ... also recruited by Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Vanderbilt ... coached by Matt Perotti and Dave Dudeck.

    Personal: Born June 19, 1989 ... parents are Nancy and Roger Furstenburg ... father played football at Richmond ... has two older sisters, Jill, who plays basketball at College of Charleston, and Allison, who plays lacrosse at Richmond ... also has a younger brother, Mike ... enjoys hunting and fishing... considering kinesiology for a major.

    Friedgen on Furstenburg: "Matt is a tall, athletic tight end. Has very, very good speed. Another interesting story on him. He came out of high school and received a few offers but really wasn't really crazy about where he wanted to go to school so he went back [to prep school] at the Hunt School. We finally got him to commit in the fall. Now he is enrolled in school here also."




    Justin Gilbert
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-6, 283
    Richmond, Va. (Monacan High School)

    at Monacan High School: An athletic hard-working two-way player who excelled at offensive and defensive tackle for the Chiefs ... rated No. 68 nationally among offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. ... named team captain his senior season ... an All-Met offensive lineman as a senior ... also recorded 22 tackles and a forced fumble in 2007... named second-team All-Dominion District and All-Metro as a junior on both offense and defense ... a four-year letterwinner in track (shot put and discus) ... also considered Virginia Tech, Virginia, Penn State, East Carolina and Marshall ... coached by Danny Parsons.

    Personal: Born Nov. 22, 1989 ... parents are William and Kimberly Gilbert has one younger sister, Ashley ... enjoys hunting and fishing ... plans to pursue a business major.

    Friedgen on Gilbert: "Justin is a great looking kid who was in our camp. He has excellent strength and just gets stronger by the moment. I think he is very athletic and can play any side. He is really a nice center. But you see on the film that he plays left tackle so he is a big kid that can move."




    Demetrius Hartsfield
    Linebacker
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 225
    Raleigh, N.C. (Southeast Raleigh High School)

    Completed his high school curriculum a semester early ... enrolled in Maryland in January and eligible for spring ball ... will be a true freshman in the fall.

    at Southeast Raleigh High School: A rangy, athletic linebacker who was a three-year starter ...rated No. 30 nationally among inside linebackers by Rivals.com ... also ranked as the 18th-best player in the state of North Carolina by Rivals.com ... ranked No. 52 nationally among weak-side linebackers by Scout.com ... an all-state performer as a senior when he racked up 132 tackles, including 12 for loss and eight sacks, as well as six forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... also earned all-conference honors in 2007 ... an honorable mention all-state and all-conference choice as a junior ... posted 128 tackles, including 16 for loss and 10 sacks, with four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries (one for a touchdown) in 2006 ... also played basketball (center/forward) and participated in track (high jump, long jump, shot put, 200m) ... lettered three years in each sport ... also considered NC State, Duke and East Carolina ... coached by Daniel Finn.

    Personal: Born Nov. 22, 1989 in Raleigh, N.C. ... mother is Tracy Hartsfield ... a member of his high school's honor roll as a junior and senior ... plans to major in psychology.

    Friedgen on Hartsfield: "Demetrius was in our camp. We were very impressed with him in camp and he committed to us just going into the fall. He is a guy that can really bend his knees. He is really athletic, and runs very, very well. He is also enrolled in school here now."




    Masengo Kabongo
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-1, 285
    Fairfield, Conn. (Fairfield College Prep)

    at Fairfield College Prep: An intelligent defensive tackle with promising combination of size and quickness ... a four-star recruit by Rivals.com ... rated the No. 15 defensive tackle in the nation by Scouts, Inc. ... the 24th-ranked defensive tackle prospect in the nation and the second best player in the state of Connecticut by Rivals.com ... ranked as the 33rd-best defensive tackle by Scout.com ... a three-year starter on the defensive line (sophomore and junior at DT; senior at DE) ... also started at offensive tackle as a junior and senior ... an all-state defensive lineman as a sophomore, junior and senior ... compiled 47 tackles, including 11 for a loss and 5.5 sacks, in 2007 ... forced three fumbles his senior season ... registered 87 tackles, including 27 TFLs, and five forced fumbles in 2006 ... also ran track and played basketball his freshman and sophomore years ... also considered Florida, Notre Dame, NC State, Colorado and Syracuse, among others ... coached by Richie Magdon.

    Personal: Born May 23, 1990 in Lubumbashi, Congo ... came to the United States from the Congo in 2002 with his mother, Odette, who works as a doctor, at age 12 ... has two brothers and one sister ... has overcome the language barrier to maintain a 3.5 GPA in high school ... member of the honor roll in high school ... involved in a number of community service endeavors in high school ... speaks four languages ... interested in an international environment and is looking to major in economics, international business, or engineering.

    Friedgen on Kabongo: "He speaks four languages. I bet there is not another defensive lineman in the country that speaks four languages. He speaks French, Swahili, another one and English. I am anxious to see how he reacts to Coach Sollazzo's language. He is extremely quick and agile. He's a defensive tackle that plays with great strength and energy."




    Zach Kerr
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-3, 310
    Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard High School)

    at Quince Orchard High School: A massive, hard-working defensive tackle who shined as a senior despite constant double-teams ... the 11th-ranked player in the state of Maryland according to Rivals.com ... ranked No. 31 nationally among defensive tackles by Scouts, Inc. ... also rated No. 55 nationally by Rivals.com and No. 81 by Scout.com ... earned all-met, all-county, and all-state honors in both 2006 and 2007 ... totaled 55 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a junior ... recorded 40 tackles and three sacks in 2007 as he led Quince Orchard to a state championship win over Arundel ... had a fourth-down stop on the goal line in that game ... also started at offensive tackle ... also recruited by Rutgers, Penn State, Illinois, Nebraska, and Minnesota, among others ... coached by Dave Mencarini.

    Personal: Born Aug. 29, 1990 ... mother is Tinya Kerr ... father is the late Winston Kerr ... has two sisters, Zittorah and Zionna ... could not play football prior to high school because he was too big, so he helped as an assistant with his local little league team ... plans to major in communications.

    Friedgen on Kerr: "Zach is a big, strong, powerful defensive tackle. He can run well for his size."




    Justin Lewis
    Offensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 320
    Johnsonville, S.C. (Johnsonville High School)

    at Johnsonville High School: An imposing physical specimen who played along the offensive and defensive lines ... a three-year starter on both sides of the ball ... an all-state and All-Region 8-A performer in 2007 ... ranked No. 48 nationally among offensive guards by Scouts, Inc. as a senior ... ranked No. 61 nationally among offensive guards by Rivals.com ... the 25th-ranked player in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com ... averaged four pancake blocks a game as a senior ... also collected 36 tackles, including five tackles for loss and one sack, along the defensive line ... chipped in nine quarterback pressures and one fumble receovery in 2007 ... played in the 2007 North Carolina-South Carolilna Shrine Bowl ... named to the 2007 WPDE All-Zone team and the All-Pee Dee team by the Florence Morning News ... an all-state selection as a junior when he led his team to a 9-3 record, including a trip to the state playoffs ... posted 77 tackles, including three sacks, with one fumble recovery in 2006 ... named to the Class A All-State Academic Team as a junior and senior ... also played basketball and participated in track ... the lower state discus champion as a junior .. also considered NC State, South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina ... coached by Lewis Lineberger.

    Personal: Born March 3, 1990 in New Haven, Conn. ... parents are Ronald and Patricia Lewis ... has one sister, Sydney ... did a lot of work in the community during high school ... an honor roll student who tutored in the after-school program ... also worked mornings at Johnsonville HS in the homework center ... a member of the math and science clubs in high school ... served as a rec league basketball coach ... member of FCA ... plans on majoring in business.

    Friedgen on Lewis:"Justin runs very, very well. He is 6'4", but he is one of those guys like Jamie Thomas. He doesn't look 6'4" because he is about four feet wide. He has extremely good feet for a kid his size and he's a very good student. His father is a minister."




    Davin Meggett
    Running Back
    Fr.-HS, 5-8, 210
    Clinton, Md. (Surrattsville High School)

    at Surrattsville High School: A three-year starter at running back ... an all-state performer who rushed for 1,784 yards on 169 carries as a senior ... also chipped in 32 touchdowns (26 rushing/six receiving) in 2007 ... the No. 16-ranked player in the state of Maryland according to Rivals.com ... a first-team All-Prince Georges County choice, as well as an All-Met and all-league pick in 2007 ... led the team to a 10-2 record and the second round of the state playoffs ... had a number of impressive performances as a senior ... rushed for 299 yards vs. Potomac ... posted 193 rushing yards and three TDs, as well as seven tackles as a safety vs. Gwynn Park ... one of his most thrilling moments was when he rushed for a first down on third-and-3 to help run out the clock and ice the game vs. Gwynn Park ... rushed for 1,150 yards on 156 carrries as a junior en route to honorable mention all-state accolades ... a second-team all-county choice ... also had 10 rushing TDs in 2006 ... also a standout track performer who lettered all four years ... ran sprints and threw the shot put ... all-county as a junior, as well as the team's field athlete of the year ... also considered Penn State, Rutgers and Virginia ... coached by Tom Green.

    Personal: Born March 22, 1990 in Clinton, Md. ... parents are Vicki Davis and Dave Meggett ... stepfather is John Davis ... father, Dave, played in the NFL for three different teams - the New York Giants (1989-1994), the New England Patriots (1995-1997) and the New York Jets (1998) ... plans to major in criminal justice ... likes to bowl and play chess in his spare time ... member of the honor roll in high school ... also a member of the senior panel in high school which was a debate group ... also active in the art club and wrote for his high school newspaper ... first name is pronounced DAY-vin.

    Friedgen on Meggett: "We timed him here in camp and he runs a 4.4. He committed to us early after attending camp. We were impressed with his speed, and he is also a very, very good student. I have kind of come to the realization that if you come across a kid that can run and is a good student, take him. When he committed to us there weren't a whole lot of people recruiting him, but he had a phenomenal senior year and everybody came back on him. I just got off the phone with him and he is quite a young man. Davin is really another class kid that I'm really happy to have."




    Carl Russell
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-6, 270
    Washington, D.C. (H.D. Woodson HS)

    Originally signed with Maryland in 2007 ... enrolled in school in January and eligible for spring ball ... will be a true freshman in the fall.

    at H.D. Woodson High School: A standout two-way lineman who had a breakout senior season ... earned honorable mention All-Met honors as an offensive lineman in 2006 ... a Pigskin Club All-Metropolitan choice as a senior defensive lineman ... also secured first-team All-DCIAA East accolades three times, twice as an offensive lineman and once as a defensive lineman ... posted 77 tackles, including a career-high 14 sacks, with five forced fumbles from his defensive end position in 2006 ... named his team's most outstanding lineman his final three seasons .. also recruited by Rutgers, North Carolina, Illinois and Michigan State ... coached by Greg Fuller.

    Personal: Born July 25, 1989 ... parents are Tonya Russell and Anthony Harris ... an honor roll student in high school ... won the 2007 United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete of the Year Award ... plays the keyboards and likes to draw in his spare time ... plans to major in kinesiology.

    Friedgen on Russell: "We greyshirted him last year. He is an athletic defensive lineman. We thought another year of growing would help him and it has. He is also enrolled in school right now, and we are expecting great things out of him as he matures. We look forward to working with him in the spring."




    Kenny Tate
    Wide Receiver
    Fr.-HS, 6-4, 215
    Forestville, Md. (DeMatha High School)

    at DeMatha High School: One of the most talented receivers in the nation ... an athletic wide receiver with a dangerous combination of size and speed ... a threat to go the length of the field whenever he touches the ball ... has demonstrated versatility and toughness ... a four-star player ... a member of the ESPN 150 ... the 132nd-ranked prospect in the nation by ESPN.com ... the 16th-ranked receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com ... also ranked No. 19 nationally among WRs by Scouts, Inc. ... ranked 23rd nationally among receivers by Rivals.com ... the fourth best prospect in the state of Maryland by that outlet and ranked third in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... the 100th ranked overall prospect in the nation according to PrepStar ... four-year letterman and three-year starter for a deep and talented squad ... three-time consensus all-state selection by the Associated Press and an All-Metro pick by the Washington Post ... caught 32 passes for 489 yards and six touchdowns as a senior ... recorded 48 tackles and four interceptions on defense in 2007 ... totaled over 300 yards both in rushing and receiving his junior season with seven total touchdowns ... also added a kickoff return for a touchdown and two scores on punt returns that year ... rushed for seven TDs and caught four more as a sophomore in 2005 ... turned down over 100 scholarship offers to attend Maryland ... also considered Illinois, Penn State, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan ... coached by Bill McGregor.

    Personal: Born May 15, 1990 ... parents are Michelle and Kenneth Fields ... has a younger brother, Christian ... interested in pursuing a business major.

    Friedgen on Tate: "Kenny is a great physical talent: a big, strong, fast, athletic player. But the thing that has impressed me the most about him is that he is a team player. He is unselfish and he is an unbelievable competitor. I really believe that he makes other people better around him because of the type of person he is. We have been recruiting him pretty hard and the more I got to know him, the better I liked him. I think he has a fantastic character. He didn't change going through the recruiting process. I think he is going to make us better, not only because he is a great athlete, but also because he is a great person."




    Joe Vellano
    Defensive Lineman
    Fr.-HS, 6-2, 270
    Rexford, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy)

    Originally signed with Maryland in 2007 ... enrolled in school in January and eligible for spring ball ... will be a true freshman in the fall.

    at Christian Brothers Academy: A three-year letterwinner at defensive tackle ... second team all-state selection and Section II Player of the Year his senior year, when he was team captain ... ranked by SuperPrep as the No. 10 prospect in the state of New York ... recorded 68 tackles in 2006 and 78 in his junior year ... was first team all-section his junior year and second team all-section in his sophomore campaign ... also considered Boston College, Connecticut, and Penn State ... coached by Jim Smith.

    Personal: Born Oct. 30, 1988 ... parents are Paul and Joney Vellano ... father was a UPI Second Team All-American (1973) and two-time All-ACC selection (1972-73) at defensive tackle for Maryland ... brother, Paul, plays football at Rhode Island ... member of National Honor Society ... enjoys boating in his spare time ... plans to major in finance.

    Friedgen on Vellano: "Joe's father is Paul Vellano who was one of the truly great defensive lineman here. Joe runs very well. He is an outstanding student and we are really happy to have him here."



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