With more than 20 scholarship offers before college coaches could venture out on spring recruiting visits, Good Counsel offensive lineman Michael Madaras planned on taking his time before reaching a decision.

But after taking trips to some of the closer schools that interested him – Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Notre Dame – the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Madaras felt there was no reason to wait to commit to the school he always wanted to attend.

“I’ve always liked Maryland and always wanted to go there,” said Madaras, who became one of the Washington area’s first high school junior football players to make his decision. “The icing on the cake was that Coach [Randy] Edsall is there now and he’s changing everything and turning things around.

“Up until I actually committed, I was open to anything. I think I was up to 22 offers. Originally I was going to wait and see and wait until everything calmed down and take official visits [in the fall] and commit. But I was visiting Maryland on Thursday and I decided to commit then.”

“Colleges liked him because of his size and work ethic, because of his agility and being able to sink his hips and redirect, because of his love for the game and his attitude,” Good Counsel assistant coach Kevin McFadden said. “The boy is the package. I had about five or six schools tell me he is as good or has equal ability to Cyrus Kouandjio.”