Levern Jacobs was surprised when Maryland Coach Randy Edsall offered a scholarship during a Wednesday afternoon meeting.

But the former Suitland standout wide receiver knew his answer.

“I thought they would wait til next week or something, but hey, it all starts with a scholarship,” said Jacobs, a one-time Marshall recruit who played this past season at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. “They surprised me. I’m happy. I wanted to go there already.”

It was a busy afternoon for the Terps, with safety Zach Dancel – a former standout at Good Counselannouncing that he was transferring to Maryland.

While Dancel will have to sit out a year and have three seasons of eligibility remaining beginning with the 2013 season, Jacobs is intent on playing next season. Maryland had made preliminary inquiries about Jacobs at Suitland, but he said that when former assistant coach James Franklin left to become the head coach at Vanderbilt, the Terps stopped recruiting him.

Jacobs, who is 6 feet and 170 pounds, eventually committed to Marshall, but the Thundering Herd wanted him to defer his enrollment, so he went to Milford.

Maryland assistant coach Lee Hull started recruiting him a few weeks ago, Jacobs said, looking at his transcript and highlight tapes, which led to Wednesday’s 3 p.m. meeting, the first time Jacobs met Edsall.

“It went pretty good,” Jacobs said. “He wanted to know what kind of person I was, how my character is. He wanted to know some of my academics, why they weren’t the highest they could be my ninth- and tenth-grade years. Everyone had been telling him about me, but he’d never met me, so he wanted to meet me.”

Maryland also is in the hunt for Jacobs’ younger brother, Taivon, who was an All-Met wide receiver as a junior this past season at Suitland and already holds a scholarship offer from the Terps.

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