Friday could become a triumphant day for the Maryland football team. It could also become an okay day, or even a rather disappointing day. We’ll know sometime around 3 p.m., after two three-star offensive linemen announce their college choices.
At 2 p.m., DeMatha tackle Brock Ruble will choose between Florida State, North Carolina State and Maryland. Coach Randy Edsall conducted an in-home visit with the 6-foot-9, 300-pounder on Dec. 4. “This process has been fun,” Ruble said in a Stags football video. “But I wouldn’t mind it being done.
For some background on Ruble, read colleague Brandon Parker from February, back when the Football Bowl Subdivision offers were piling up. He was named an honorable mention All-Met by The Post. His father, Gary, played offensive line at North Carolina.
“He’s aggressive, he can get to the next level to block defenders and he also has a high football IQ,” DeMatha Coach Elijah Brooks said. “A lot of times, you don’t realize how big someone like that is until you’re standing beside them in pads, so I think coaches are definitely blown away by his size. But what’s most impressive is how physical the guy is.”
A half-hour after Ruble decides, Weeki Wachee (Fla.) High School tackle Marcus Applefield will pick between Rutgers, Maryland and Purdue. The day before Edsall visited Ruble, both he and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley conducted Applefield’s in-home visit.
The coincidental timing of these two decisions underscores Maryland’s clear focus on offensive linemen for its class of 2014. The Terrapins have already secured oral commitments from guard Jared Cohen (McDonogh), junior college tackle Larry Mazcyk (Iowa Western Community College) and tackle Brendan Moore (Austin). Local five-star Damian Prince (Bishop McNamara) will make his college choice — Maryland among his final five — on Feb. 14.
Former Under Armour all-American Derwin Gray, who prepped this season at Fork Union Military Academy due to academic issues, also announced on Twitter that he plans to arrive in College Park for winter session on Jan. 4. Despite the season away, Gray has remained steadfast in his commitment and could immediately impact the Terps during spring practices.
— IG:NDIKUMANA (@PrimeTymeDerwin) December 12, 2013