QB Ricardo Young commits to Maryland, can play in 2013

Maryland announced Thursday that quarterback Ricardo Young has committed to play for the Terrapins. Young, a first-team All-Met as a senior at H.D. Woodson, started his college career at Virginia Tech before transferring to New Mexico and then to Iowa Western Community College. He can practice with the team when camp begins in August and will be eligible to play as a redshirt junior in 2013.

“It’s nice to add Ricardo to the team,” Coach Randy Edsall said in a school-issued statement. “I recruited him while I was at UConn, so I’m familiar with him as a person. He’s also a tremendous athlete and football player. We’re glad he’s decided to come back home and be part of the excitement that is building around the program.”

A three-year starter at Woodson, Young passed for 2,461 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior after throwing for for 3,089 yards and 31 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 780 yards and 11 scores, as a junior.

Young was the scout-team quarterback at Virginia Tech during his first year there in 2010, when he redshirted. Then, after injuries kept him out of spring practice in 2011 and with Logan Thomas ahead of him on the depth chart, he transferred to New Mexico in August 2011 to play for former head coach Mike Locksley, who was fired by the Lobos after four games last season and is now Maryland’s offensive coordinator.

“He didn’t want to be the No. 2 guy,” H.D. Woodson assistant coach Wayne Johnson said at the time. “He wanted to be the No. 1 guy. And he showed them. . . . And the coaching staff said he was good enough to be the No. 1 guy.”

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.

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