Feb. 5, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - University of Maryland head football coach Ralph Friedgen announced today the signing of 21 recruits for the 2003 season.
This year's class - which through the caliber of players it showcases shows the continued progress that Friedgen and his staff are making - features one quarterback, one running back, three wide receivers, six offensive linemen, four defensive linemen, four linebackers, one defensive back and one player who falls under the "athlete" classification.
The class again sticks to the guidelines Friedgen laid out in his first year in College Park as the Mid-Atlantic region is well represented (eight players from Maryland, D.C. and Virginia), while top players from all over the country have also signed on with the Terrapins. Also represented are the states of Florida (3), New Jersey (2), New York (2), Pennsylvania (2), Delaware (1), Georgia (1), North Carolina (1) and Ohio (1).
Among this year's signees are a number of recruits who made waves in recruiting circles at the national level. Seven players (Bolston, Cesa, Davis, Jefferson, Lattimore, Nixon and Woods) were rated among the top 25 in the nation at their positions by ESPN.com. Two others (Davis and Jefferson) were rated by SuperPrep magazine as being among the nation's top 50 players overall, regardless of position. Of SuperPrep's top 10 players in the Mid-Atlantic region, six (Bolston, Davis, Jefferson, Lattimore, Mitch and Weatherly) are members of this year's class.
|Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Cl.||Hometown (Previous Schools)|
|Robert Armstrong*||DT||6-4||300||Fr.||Arlington, Va. (Washington-Lee HS/F.U.M.A.)|
|Lance Ball||TB||5-9½ ||220||Fr.||Teaneck, N.J. (Teaneck HS)|
|Conrad Bolston||DT||6-4||267||Fr.||Burtonsville, Md. (St. John's College HS)|
|Tim Cesa||LB||6-2||235||Fr.||Kennesaw, Ga. (Harrison HS)|
|Brock Choate||OT||6-6||275||Fr.||Montoursville, Pa. (Loyalsock Township HS)|
|Garrick Clig||OG||6-4||295||Fr.||Port Orange, Fla. (Spruce Creek HS)|
|Andrew Crummey||C/OG||6-5||274||Fr.||Van Wert, Ohio (Van Wert HS)|
|Vernon Davis||WR||6-4||225||Fr.||Washington, D.C. (Dunbar HS)|
|Dan Gronkowski||ATH||6-5||235||Fr.||Amherst, N.Y. (Williamsville North HS)|
|Wesley Jefferson||LB||6-2||231||Fr.||Clinton, Md. (Gwynn Park HS)|
|Robert Jenkins*||C||6-2||300||Jr.||Bronx, N.Y. (Milford Academy/Nassau CC)|
|Keon Lattimore||WR||5-11||190||Fr.||Owings Mills, Md. (Mount Saint Joseph's HS)|
|Jermaine Lemons||LB||6-3||230||Fr.||Tampa, Fla. (Thomas Jefferson HS)|
|Ryan Mitch||QB||6-3||201||Fr.||McLean, Va. (DeMatha HS)|
|Dre Moore||DT||6-4||270||Fr.||Charlotte, N.C. (Independence HS)|
|Brandon Nixon||OT||6-6||325||Fr.||Pottstown, Pa. (Pottstown HS)|
|Patrick Powell||DE||6-4||250||Fr.||Richmond, Va. (L.C. Bird HS)|
|Omarr Savage||OLB/DE||6-4||235||Fr.||Piscataway, N.J. (Piscataway HS)|
|Drew Weatherly||WR||6-4||200||Fr.||Georgetown, Del. (Sussex Central HS)|
|Josh Wilson||CB||5-9||176||Fr.||Upper Marlboro, Md. (DeMatha HS)|
|Donnie Woods*||OT||6-5||285||Fr.||Dade City, Fla. (Thomas Jefferson HS)|
* indicates members of this year's recruiting class who have already enrolled at Maryland
6-4 * 300 * Fr.
(Washington Lee HS/Fork Union Military)
Prep: Attended Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union, Va. ... already enrolled at Maryland ... a 10-game starter ... player with good size and uncanny quickness ... was the team's second-leading tackler from his defensive tackle spot as he notched 55 stops ... also posted seven sacks, one interception and two fumble recoveries ... Fork Union is the same military academy attended by current Terrapin Jason Crawford ... also recruited by Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Ohio State ... prep coach was John Shuman.
High School: A 2002 graduate of Washington Lee High School in Arlington, Va. ... saw action as an offensive and defensive tackle ... led team in tackles from his defensive tackle spot ... a first team All-Northern Region selection ... earned all-district honors as both an offensive and defensive lineman ... rated the No. 31 overall prospect in the state of Virginia by SuperPrep ... also competed in wrestling ... was a top five finisher in the heavyweight division as a junior and senior ... initially signed with Virginia out of high school ... high school coach was Chad Lewis.
Personal: Robert Armstrong was born July 6, 1983 ... is the son of Willie and Kathy Armstrong.
5-9½ * 220 * Fr.
High School: Attends Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J. ... a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter ... split time between tailback and fullback, primarily playing tailback as a senior ... rushed for 3,403 yards on 457 career carries with 39 touchdowns ... ran for 1,473 yards on 240 carries (6.1 avg.) with 18 touchdowns as a senior ... also had 10 receptions for 180 yards in '02 ... a first team all-state, all-county and all-league selection as a senior ... first team All-Northern New Jersey, all-league and all-county while rushing for 1,591 yards as a junior ... averaged 9.3 yards a carry and posted 20 TDs as a junior ... would have started as a sophomore, but injured his ankle in game two and missed the remainder of the season ... timed at 4.4 in the forty-yard dash and ran the fastest 20-yard shuttle at the Northeast Nike Football Camp hosted by Penn State ... team went 8-3 in 2002, falling to the eventual state champ in the second round of the playoffs ... also competed in track and baseball ... was recruited by Michigan State, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia and Boston College.
Personal: Lance Ball was born June 19, 1985 ... son of Lorenzo and Betty Ball ... a peer leader at his high school ... brother, Lorenzo, Jr., was an assistant coach at his high school.
6-4 * 267 * Fr.
(St. John's College HS)
High School: Attends St. John's College High School in Washington, D.C., where he played under former Maryland offensive line coach Elliot Uzelac as a senior ...two-way starter who played both offensive tackle and defensive tackle ... as a senior in 2002, was a first team All-Met (defense) choice and first team All-WCAC selection in addition to being named all-area by the Pigskin Club of Washington, D.C. ... was named to the SuperPrep All-America team as a defensive lineman ... athletic, agile player who averaged closed to 85 snaps per game while playing both ways ... led his team in tackles and sacks and was the top player on a defense that held the opposition to an average of 14.5 ppg ... considered at least 14 scholarship offers, including Ohio State, Boston College, Florida, Tennessee and Penn State, among others ... outstanding physical specimen with room to grow ... as a junior, recorded 55 tackles, 14 sacks and caused two fumbles on his way to earning all-city honors on both sides of the ball ... also was named second team All-Met by the Washington Post ... an outstanding wrestler who was 48-4 with 44 pins as a junior ... bench presses 345 pounds and has a 27-inch vertical leap ... high school coach as a senior was Elliot Uzelac.
Personal: Conrad Bolston was born Jan. 9, 1985 ... the son of Adria and Norman Bolston.
6-2 * 235 * Fr.
High School: Attends Harrison High School in Kennesaw, Ga. ... a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter ... started both ways (LB/TE) as a senior ... bench presses 380 pounds and has a 35-inch vertical leap ... totaled 145 tackles (82 solo), eight TFLs, six sacks and 13 QB hurries in 2002 ... in addition, he caught 21 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns ... as a junior in 2001, he was an all-region choice after totaling 49 tackles, one sack, six TFLs, two interceptions and causing a pair of fumbles for a team which went 9-3 and finished ranked No. 8 in the state ... as a sophomore, he played in the state championship game as Harrison posted a record of 12-3 and finished the year ranked No. 2 in the state ... named first team all-state (Class 5A) and to the SuperPrep all-region team following his senior season ... named to PrepStar and Tom Lemming's All-Southeast team ... ranked as the 18th-best linebacker in the nation by Lemming on ESPN.com ... team posted a 12-1 record in 2002, losing its only game of the season in the third round of the state playoffs ... Harrison finished the year ranked fifth in the state ... played on teams that compiled an aggregate record of 33-7 ... also ran track (sprints and discus) where he recorded personal bests of 11.7 (100-meters) and 24.00 (200-meters) ... was also recruited by Boston College, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt ... high school coach was Bruce Cobleigh.
Personal: Tim Cesa was born Sept. 15, 1984 ... son of Mary and Joe Cesa ... plans to major in sports medicine ... last name is pronounced "chase-uh" ... carried a 3.9 grade point average in high school.
6-6 * 275 * Fr.
(Loyalsock Township HS)
High School: Attends Loyalsock Township High School in Williamsport, Pa. ... a four-year varsity starter who played left tackle ... did not allow a sack during his high school career ... a two-time first team All-Susquehanna League selection and a two-time District 4 first team choice ... was selected first team all-state (media) and to the Williamsport Gazette all-area first team as a senior ... also was a SuperPrep all-region selection ... nominated for the Big 33 all-star game ... key cog for an offensive attack that totaled more than 1,500 yards passing and had a 1,000-yard rusher each of his last three seasons ... helped his team to a combined record of 15-5 and playoff appearances his junior and senior seasons ... a very mature player who is fundamentally sound ... also considered Georgia Tech, NC State, Virginia and Penn State ... high school coach was Tim Thompson.
Personal: Brock Choate was born Dec. 3, 1984 ... son of Warren Choate ... plans to major in business.
6-4 * 295 * Fr.
Port Orange, Fla.
(Spruce Creek HS)
High School: Attends Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Fla. ... a four-year letterwinner who spent time at offensive guard, offensive tackle and defensive tackle in his four years ... described by his coach as intelligent player who works as hard as anybody on his team ... was the Silver Hawk's primary trap blocker ... started his senior season at right guard ... also played defensive tackle in goal-line situations, notching 27 tackles ... a second-team all-state selection in 5A, the second-largest class of football in Florida ... first team All-Five Star Conference and all-district despite the fact that his team did not win a game in 2002 ... started all 10 games at offensive tackle as a junior while making 34 tackles on defense ... rated as the fourth-best offensive line prospect in Central Florida by analyst Bill Buchalter ... rated as the 53rd-best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... member of Spruce Creek's renowned weightlifting team (school has won 10 state titles) ... benches 375, squats 525 and has posted a 500-pound deadlift ... was also recruited by Florida, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and UCF ... coached by Jared Zito his senior year.
Personal: Garrick Clig was born November 26, 1984 ... son of Tom and Jayne Clig ... carried over a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
6-5 * 274 * Fr.
Van Wert, Ohio
(Van Wert HS)
High School: Attends Van Wert (Ohio) High School ... a three-year starter and varsity letterman ... started at both offensive guard and defensive end as a junior and senior while serving as a starter at tackle as a sophomore ... athletic player who moves well and has a tremendous upside from a physical standpoint ... first team all-state in Division III and Offensive Lineman of the Year in the Western Buckeye League as a senior ... also first team all-district while earning all-league honors as a guard and defensive end in 2002 ... was second team all-league as a junior ... rated as the 34th-best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals.com ... team went from narrowly qualifying for the playoffs to the state championship game his sophomore year ... also wrestles and competes in track (shot put and discus) ... was also recruited by Purdue, Boston College, Wake Forest and Michigan State ... high school coach was Jeff Hood.
Personal: Andrew Crummey was born October 22, 1984 ... is the son of Janet Crummey and George Crummey ... is interested in political science and chose Maryland partially because of its close proximity to the nation's capital ... brother, Pat, is on the New York Giants' practice squad and a former All-American at Youngstown State.
6-4 * 225 * Fr.
High School: Attends Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. ... a three-year starter who primarily played tight end and safety but also saw time at wide receiver, kick returner, linebacker and defensive end in his tenure ... one of the nation's premier players ... an outstanding athlete who has been clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, 10.7 in the 100-meters and has a 39-inch vertical jump ... bench presses 330 pounds ... caught 21 passes for 511 yards (24.3 avg.) and five touchdowns as a senior despite missing three games with a deep bone bruise below his knee ... also caught three two-point conversions and returned four kicks (two kickoffs and two punts) for touchdowns ... had 35 receptions for 385 yards and 11 TDs as a junior ... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... rated as the third-best tight end in the nation by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... a member of SuperPrep's Elite 50 and that publication's 39th-rated player nationally ... a Mid-Atlantic all-region pick by SuperPrep and the third-best player (at any position) in the region ... second team All-USA by USA Today ... ranked as the fourth-best tight end in the nation and the seventh-best player (overall) in the Atlantic East by Rivals.com ... first team All-Met by the Washington Post ... Gatorade Player of the Year for the District of Columbia ... team went 31-5 and won two city championships in his three years at Dunbar ... competed in basketball and track & field ... was the DCIAA state champion in the high jump with a leap of 6'-05" ... chose Maryland over Florida, Virginia, Purdue and Miami (Fla.), among others ... high school coach was Craig Jefferies.
Personal: Vernon Davis was born January 31, 1984 ... son of Jacqueline Davis ... plans to major in criminal justice ... nickname is "the Duke."
6-5 * 235 * Fr.
(Williamsville North HS)
High School: Attends Williamsville (N.Y.) North High School ... a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter (started two years at quarterback and one at wide receiver) ... also spent time at linebacker ... player with good size who runs well (4.7 in the 40-yard dash) ... has a vertical jump of 35 inches ... completed 122-of-207 passes for 1,407 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior ... completion, yardage and touchdown totals were all school records ... offensive most valuable player of his league ... a Western New York All-Academic team selection ... set a then school record with 539 yards receiving in his sophomore season ... also posted eight receptions in one game, a record that was broken this past year ... also lettered four years in baseball, three in basketball and one in hockey ... hockey team was state champion the one year he played ... was also recruited by Arizona, Purdue and Syracuse ... high school coach was Mike Mammoliti.
Personal: Daniel Thomas Gronkowski was born January 21, 1985 ... son of Gordon and Diane Gronkowski ... is the second of five brothers ... member of the National Honor Society ... finished second nationally in the Punt, Pass and Kick competition as a ninth grader ... father lettered three years as an offensive guard at Syracuse ... brother, Gordie, Jr., plays baseball at Jacksonville (Fla.) University.
6-2 * 231 * Fr.
(Gwynn Park Senior HS)
High School: Attends Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, Md. ... a three-year starter at middle linebacker ... the consensus No. 1 prep linebacker in the country ... has posted a 320-pound bench and a 32-inch vertical jump ... notched 149 tackles (88 solo) as a senior to go along with 10 sacks, one interception, nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries ... also played fullback in short-yardage situations, scoring one touchdown ... recorded 168 tackles, 39 TFLs, 13 sacks, three forced fumbles and three interceptions as a junior ... selected to play in the 2003 U.S. Army All-American Bowl ... a Parade All-American ... first team All-USA by USA Today ... runner-up for state defensive player of the year honors ... first team all-state by the Associated Press as a junior and senior ... rated the No. 1 outside linebacker and the overall 25th-best player in the country by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... described by Lemming as a player who "plays like a young Ray Lewis" ... first team All-Metro and Defensive Player of the Year by the Washington Post ... All-American and top-rated linebacker in the country by SuperPrep ... also SuperPrep's 12th-rated player in the country overall, No. 2-rated player in the Mid-Atlantic region and a member of that publication's Elite 50 ... rated as the second-best player, regardless of position, in the Atlantic East region by Rivals.com ... named Defensive Player of the Year as a junior by the Gazette newspapers ... team went 9-1 his senior year ... sophomore season saw an appearance in the state championships and featured a linebacking corps that included Jefferson, Kellen Pruitt (Syracuse) and Seth Mitchell (Michigan State) ... also played basketball as a freshman and sophomore ... recruited by Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Virginia, among others ... high school coach was Danny Hayes.
Personal: Wesley Jefferson was born April 23, 1985 ... son of Michael and Roscheta Jefferson ... nickname is "The Hawk" ... took up playing the piano in his senior year of high school and likes vintage automobiles ... plans to major in criminal justice.
6-2 * 300 * Jr.-Tr
(Milford (Conn.) Academy/Nassau CC)
Junior College: A 22-game starter at center for Nassau Community College in Garden City, N.Y., where he spent the 2001 and 2002 seasons ... intelligent player with good upper body strength ... gave up a total of three sacks in two seasons ... posted a school-record 12 pancake blocks as a freshman against Lackawanna CC ... team went 15-7 in his two years there ... was recruited by Florida, Penn State, Syracuse and Virginia ... coach was John Anselmo.
High School: A 2001 graduate of Milford (Conn.) Academy ... spent his senior year at Milford after two years at Christopher Columbus High School in Bronx, N.Y. ... played center and defensive tackle all three years of high school ... was an area all-star at Milford ... named Columbus' Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year in his first year playing football (1998) and helped lead the Blue Steel to their first-ever playoff appearance in '99 ... posted 66 tackles and five sacks in 1999, earning all-burrough honors ... initially signed with Virginia out of high school ... was also recruited by Ole Miss and Iowa ... coached as a prep by William Chaplick (Milford) and David Diaz (Columbus).
Personal: Robert Jenkins was born March 20, 1982, in Bronx, N.Y. ... son of Roger and Helen Jenkins ... cousin, Michael Jenkins, was a starting wide receiver on Ohio State's 2002 national championship team ... enjoys customizing automobiles in his spare time.
5-11 * 190 * Fr.
Owings Mills, Md.
(Mount Saint Joseph's HS)
High School: Attends Mount Saint Joseph's High School in Baltimore ... a three-year starter whose strength is his speed and athleticism ... played wide receiver and spent some time at defensive back ... clocked at 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, 10.7 in the 100-meters and 20.0 in the 200-meters ... has a 38-inch vertical jump ... was hampered his senior season by an ankle injury, but caught 28 passes for 346 yards and four touchdowns in the seven games that he played ... also rushed for 643 yards and 11 TDs while returning two kickoffs for scores ... top game of 2002 came against Gilman when he scored five TDs (four rushing, one kickoff return), posted 121 yards rushing and 117 receiving ... had a strong junior season, scoring 23 touchdowns (nine rush, nine pass, five returns) ... ran for 1,294 yards and had 581 receiving yards as a junior ... a first team all-state selection (Associated Press) as a senior and second team as a junior ... first team all-Metro by the Baltimore Sun both years ... the sixth-rated player in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep ... rated the fifth-best receiver in the East by The Sporting News ... rated as the 78th-best player, regardless of position, in the Atlantic East region by Rivals.com ... also ran track and was his basketball team's starting forward ... ranked the 20th-best wide receiver in the country by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... was also recruited by Miami (Fla.), NC State and Virginia ... high school coach was Mike Working.
Personal: Keon Lattimore was born July 6, 1984 ... son of Sunseria Keith ... brother is Baltimore Ravens' star linebacker Ray Lewis.
6-3 * 230 * Fr.
(Thomas Jefferson HS)
High School: Attends Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla. ... a four-year starter at defensive end ... a physical player who runs well ... recorded 74 tackles and seven sacks as a senior ... posted 80 tackles, 11 sacks and four fumble recoveries as a junior ... an honorable mention all-state selection in 2002 ... runs a reported time of 4.6 in the 40-yard dash ... first team All-North Sun Coast, All-Hillsborough County and All-Western Conference pick as a senior ... an all-conference and all-district performer as a junior ... rated as the 18th-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com ... ranked as the 82nd-best player overall in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel ... Tampa Jefferson team went 13-2 in 2002, losing in the state finals ... school had nine Division I prospects his senior season ... high school teammate of fellow Terp recruit Donnie Woods ... Jefferson went 24-4 the last two years ... lettered three years in basketball ... was also recruited by Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tulane ... high school coach was Mike Simmonds.
Personal: Jermaine Lemons was born November 15, 1984 ... son of Curtis and Wanda Lemons ... planning on majoring in engineering ... carried a 3.50 grade point average in high school.
6-3 * 201 * Fr.
High School: Attends DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. ... four-year varsity letterwinner and three-year starter ... pure drop-back passer who also shows good speed ... only player to start at quarterback as a sophomore in head coach Bill McGregor's 21 seasons as a head coach ... ended his career as the school's all-time winningest quarterback (29-4 in his 33 starts) ... as a senior in 2002, completed 75 of 125 (.600) passes for 1,377 yards and 11 touchdowns ... was a consensus all-state selection ... also earned first team All-WCAC, first team All-Prince George's County, and second team All-Met honors ...in addition, was named to SuperPrep's All-America team ... helped lead his team to a 7-3 record and a spot in the WCAC championship game ... threw for more than 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior while leading DeMatha to an 11-0 record and a WCAC championship ... as a sophomore led DeMatha to a WCAC title and an 11-1 mark ... high school coach was Bill McGregor.
Personal: Ryan Mitch was born Sept. 12, 1984 ... son of Janet and Robert Mitch ... father played college football at Syracuse, lettering the 1973, '74 and '75 seasons.
6-4 * 270 * Fr.
High School: Attends Independence High School in Charlotte, N.C. ... player who played just one year with the varsity, but whose stock saw a meteoric rise in his senior season ... had never played football but was asked to join the junior varsity team in his junior season based on his size ... made varsity as a senior and was one of four all-state performers from his school ... has great size and moves very well for a player of his stature ... prep coaches expect him to blossom with the aid of a collegiate strength and conditioning program ... posted 107 tackles (69 unassisted), 12 tackles for loss and three sacks in his lone season with the varsity ... a first team all-state selection by the Associated Press ... led all defensive linemen in voting in for all-state ... was also all-conference, all-county and all-district for the Patriots ... invited to play in the Shrine Bowl (North Carolina all-stars versus South Carolina all-stars) ... team went 13-0 and beat its opponents by an average of 51-8 en route to the state championship ... teammate was consensus national player of the year, Chris Leak ... was also recruited by North Carolina, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Duke ... high school coach was Tommy Knotts.
Personal: Marchondray Moore was born June 9, 1985 ... son of Melvin and Lois Moore ... plans to major in communications.
6-6 * 325 * Fr.
High School: Attends Pottstown (Pa.) High School ... a four-year starter ... played offensive tackle, defensive tackle, noseguard and defensive end in his four years ... a dominating run blocker with quick feet and a good wingspan ... started all 11 games his senior season at offensive and defensive tackle ... averaged over five pancake blocks a game in '02 ... did not allow a sack his junior year ... first team all-league and all-area on both sides of the ball ... first team All-Southeast Pennsylvania by the Philadelphia Inquirer at offensive tackle as a senior ... rated as the 25th-best offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com's Tom Lemming ... SuperPrep's 15th-rated player in the in the state of Pennsylvania ... part of a defense that posted nine shutouts and allowed just three points in its league his senior year ... started at tackle as a 6-4, 270-pound ninth grader ... also competed in track & field ... top marks include a 53-foot throw in the shot put and 135-feet in the discus ... selected Maryland over West Virginia, NC State, Virginia, Purdue and Penn State ... high school coach was Jody Cwik.
Personal: Brandon Nixon was born December 2, 1984 ... Darryl Nixon and Margo Boekhoudt ... plans to major in criminal justice.
6-4 * 250 * Fr.
(L.C. Bird HS)
High School: Attends Lloyd C. Bird High School in Richmond, Va. ... three-year starter at defensive end ... played on teams that posted 10 wins each of his last three seasons, including a 27-1 district record .... dedicated athlete noted for his strong work ethic and relentless style of play ... as a senior in 2002, he recorded 10.5 quarterback sacks, 38 pressures and more than 100 total tackles ... voted second team all-state by Associated Press and the coaches' association of Virginia ... in addition, he was named first team all-region, first team all-district, first team all-metro ... named his team's defensive most valuable player ... L.C. Bird went 10-2, won the Dominion District championship and was runner-up of the Central Region (Div. 6) ... Bird went 10-1 and won the Dominion District championship in 2001 and was 10-2 and district champion in 2000 ... set the school record in the shot put as a junior ... also considered offers from North Carolina, East Carolina and Marshall, among others ... first high school coach at L.C. Bird High School was Terp offensive line coach Tom Brattan ... high school coach was David Bedwell.
Personal: Patrick Powell was born Oct. 15, 1984 ... son of John and Marion Powell ... plans to major in business.
Outside Linebacker/Defensive End
6-4 * 235 * Fr.
High School: Attends Piscataway (N.J.) High School ... a three-year starter at defensive end who also saw time as a starter at tight end in his final two seasons ... an aggressive player with a good burst and long arms ... projects as an outside linebacker at the collegiate level ... posted 147 career tackles ... had 57 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, three sacks and one fumble recovery as a senior ... made 55 tackles, 12 for a loss, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior ... an all-state selection and Super 100 pick (New Jersey Coaches Association) in 2002 ... an all-region selection by SuperPrep in 2002 ... earned all-group, all-division, all-county, all-area and all-conference honors as a junior and senior ... helped lead his team to a 12-0 record and the Central Jersey Group 4 state title as a senior ... Piscataway allowed just 5.7 ppg that season ... also competed in track where he had a personal record of 150 feet in the javelin ... was recruited by Boston College, Clemson and his hometown team, Rutgers ... high school coach was Joe Kuronyi.
Personal: Omarr Savage was born January 27, 1985 ... son of Sally and Abdullah Savage ... plans to major in computer science.
6-4 * 200 * Fr.
(Sussex Central HS)
High School: Attends Sussex Central High School in Georgetown, Del. ... a three-year starter at both wide receiver and free safety ... player with outstanding size and speed ... described by his coaches as a player who changes direction extremely well for a player of his stature ... runs a reported 4.4 in the 40-yard dash ... had 24 receptions for 415 yards with six touchdowns as a senior ... also had three rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return for a TD despite missing a game-and-a-half with a high ankle sprain ... posted a career-high four interceptions in 2002 ... had a breakout junior season in which he caught 26 passes for 585 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for another 300 yards and three TDs ... returned four kicks for touchdowns as a junior as well ... named the Gatorade state player of the year as a senior ... second team all-state as a senior and first team as a junior ... first team all-conference both seasons ... ranked a top 50 player at his position by Rivals.com ... SCHS went 9-2 and made the District I state semifinals in 2002 ... team made the playoffs all three years he was a starter but had never made it prior to his arrival ... also competed in basketball ... was also recruited by Iowa, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Penn State ... high school coach was John Wells.
Personal: Andrew Weatherly was born April 28, 1984 ... son of Andrew Brown and Margarette Weatherly ... plans to major in business administration.
5-9 * 176 * Fr.
Upper Marlboro, Md.
High School: Attends DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md. ... two-year varsity starter with outstanding speed who played wide receiver and cornerback in addition to returning kickoffs and punts ... as a senior in 2002, was named first team all-state, first team All-Met, first team All-WCAC and first team All-Prince George's County ... also was named to George Michael's "Golden 11" all-star team and was a SuperPrep all-region selection ... versatile player who had five interceptions and was also his team's leading receiver (27 catches, 694 yards, six touchdowns) as a senior ...helped DeMatha to a spot in the WCAC championship game as a senior ... also ran track at DeMatha, where he was a part of a school record-setting 4x100 relay team ... also considered Clemson, Syracuse, North Carolina, NC State and South Carolina ... high school coach was Bill McGregor.
Personal: Joshua Wilson was born March 11, 1985 ... son of Valanda and Timothy Wilson ... his father lettered as a fullback in football at Maryland from 1974-76 (the Terps won ACC titles all three years) ... plans to major in sport management.
6-5 * 285 * Fr.
Dade City, Fla.
(Thomas Jefferson HS)
High School: Graduated in the fall from Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa, Fla. ... a four-year starter at offensive and defensive tackle ... played his first two years at Pasco High School in Dade City, Fla. ... highly sought after, athletic lineman with good footwork ... tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in practice prior to the sixth game of his senior season, but was still managed first team all-state honors in class 4A ... returned a fumble for a touchdown as a freshman defensive tackle at Pasco ... was a second team All-Gridiron pick which is the all-state team in Florida that encompasses all players, regardless of their school's classification ... a PrepStar and SuperPrep All-American ... first team all-county by the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times ... first team all-conference and all-county as a junior and senior ... rated as Hillsborough County's top offensive lineman after his junior year by the Tampa Tribune ... Tampa Jefferson team went 13-2 in 2002, losing in the state finals ... school had nine Division I prospects his senior season ... high school teammate of fellow Terp recruit Jermaine Lemons ... Jefferson went 24-4 in his final two seasons ... competed in track (shot and discus), weightlifting and wrestling ... was also recruited by Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma and LSU ... high school coach was Mike Simmonds.
Personal: Donnie Woods was born January 27, 1984 ... son of Don and Donna Woods ... father played on two Florida state championship basketball teams ... brother, Brian, is an assistant coach at Jefferson and played college football at Ole Miss in 1994 & '95 ... grandfather, Lester Bales, was a pitcher in the Cleveland Indians organization.