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Oakland Mills QB David Pindell sets season goals

David Pindell loves to race. He was the kid that challenged friends and neighbors to sprinting competitions on the street and in the parking lot. That’s what the 6-1, 185-pound quarterback said is the most interesting, and telling, fact about himself besides all of the football details, like his height (short for a quarterback, some coaches have said), or his apparent ease when he throws.

(Photo courtesy David Pindell) (Photo courtesy David Pindell)

“I just like to compete and race, I’ve been doing it since I was young,” he said. “Just racing and racing, wherever we were with friends, and I’d always win.”

The rising senior, who runs a 4.50 40-yard dash, held off on joining the track team to focus on Oakland Mills football, but he is still the type to set specific finish lines for this year: to get to the playoffs, to make first-team all-county, to throw for more than 2,000 yards and to rush for 1,000-plus. Pindell got his first offer from Syracuse in April and has added offers and interest from schools including Monmouth, Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina, Delaware and Tennessee.

His 651 rushing yards and eight touchdowns and 1,566 passing yards and 13 touchdowns helped lead the Scorpions to a 4-6 record after just one win in the two previous years.

Pindell’s performance at Maryland, West Virginia, Old Dominion, Tennessee and camps garnered interest from coaches and he will head to Towson and Delaware camps before the summer ends.

The record of Oakland Mills, the smallest school in a county with top competitors such as River Hill and Howard, hasn’t had an effect on how coaches view him as a prospect, Pindell said. The Scorpions’ past seasons are a secondary concern after Pindell’s coachability, mechanics and potential.

Pindell’s mother wants him to stay close to home, but he’s most interested in choosing the school with an opportunity to play as soon as possible. Tennessee’s facility and coaches appealed most to the prospective financial literacy major.

The past few months have been the same grind as summers before, ever since he started playing football. Get up, lift, work out, throw, come home at 7 p.m. and crash. Lil Durk is the soundtrack to this season’s workouts, Pindell said, and he will keep up the pace of training until tryouts starts — “just trying to better my game,” he said.

The Scorpions have not had a winning season since 2003, and have finished 4-6 just twice in the past decade. But they graduated only two senior starters and return a core group looking to make Oakland Mills history.

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