Perhaps the most interesting thing about the recruiting process, according to Good Counsel offensive lineman Michael Madaras, was just being involved in the first place.

“It was pretty neat getting all that attention,” said Madaras, a 6-foot-5 1/2 , 290-pound junior who recently committed to play for Maryland. “Until it happened, I never thought it would happen to me. Usually, that’s just something you dream about.

“I never knew anybody growing up who played college football, other than my dad [Good Counsel assistant coach Dave Madaras, who played at Montgomery-Rockville and Delta State]. It’s really neat that it’s happening to me now.”

Yes, there was Madaras, getting phone calls and Facebook messages from coaches at brand-name programs across the country.

But yet, as he toured college campuses, everything seemed alike: the gleaming stadiums, the weight rooms, the training areas. Madaras said he always wanted to play for Maryland, but that first-year coach Randy Edsall stuck out for genuine nature and how he stressed the importance of going to class and doing your schoolwork.

“Edsall is out there at 6 a.m. on Saturday running people” who don’t go to class, Madaras said. “I don’t want to go to college and just screw up.”

With a broad, sturdy frame, Madaras has the ability to add plenty of weight and muscle, which is his focus this offseason. He is trying to lift regularly and eat better.

“No more fast food, I’m trying to stop that,” Madaras said, noting his favorite spot. “Taco Bell, that’s the place.”