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Linganore’s Joe Riddle commits to Maryland

Joe Riddle might have set a record in the recruiting world this week: the fastest commitment.

The Linganore running back-safety said there was only one school he wanted to attend. So after completing a camp at Maryland last Sunday, Riddle joined Terps Coach Randy Edsall in his office, where Edsall extended a scholarship offer.

“So what do you think about that?” Edsall asked Riddle.

“Coach,” Riddle replied, “this is where I’ve always wanted to play. So, I’m going to commit.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Riddle said he went to the Maryland camp “with the mindset of doing what I needed to do to get that offer.” He led the Lancers last season with 968 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. He had offers from Cincinnati, Towson and Buffalo, among others, but when his dream school came calling, Riddle said it was tough to contain his emotions.

“I wanted to jump out of my seat,” he said, upon hearing Edsall’s offer. “When you want something so badly and you work so hard for it, you almost can’t believe it when it finally comes to you.”

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