It did not take long for Maryland offensive coordinator/recruiting savant Mike Locksley to land his first recruit. Former Good Counsel standout Zach Dancel, who started seven games at safety as a freshman this past season at New Mexico, announced on his Twitter feed that he will transfer to Maryland.

“I’m a TERP!” Dancel posted. “Can’t wait to put on for my town.”

The news is not much of a surprise, given Dancel’s close relationship with Locksley. Still, it is considered a significant step for Locksley and the Terps, with speculation that a number of former local high school players could follow and return to Maryland.

There is a possibility more good news for the Terps could come as soon as Thursday. Good Counsel second-team All-Met running back Wes Brown, who lives with Dancel’s family, could announce his college choice during that night’s Under Armour All-American Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Brown, who is 6 feet and 200 pounds, has several scholarship offers and previously had said he planned to take official visits in January. Maryland, Vanderbilt and South Carolina are considered among the leading candidates to get Brown.

Meantime, Maryland remains in the hunt for another local player in Thursday’s game, Potomac (Md.) cornerback Ron Darby, who committed to Notre Dame in April.

Darby, however, has continued to evaluate his options, taking an official visit to Maryland this past fall, and he probably will visit Clemson later this month, according to his high school coach, Ronnie Crump.

Crump said Tuesday morning that “Darby is still with Notre Dame, as of right now.”

“Maryland has made a push for him,” Crump added. Darby had been expected to also run track in college. Maryland’s track team has been target for elimination by the university, but that might not be a significant obstacle, Crump said.

“It could be, but it might not be,” Crump said. “It’s a small issue. I don’t think it’s a major issue.”

Among other Potomac players, Crump said that defensive back Dondre Echols, who previously committed to play football at Ohio, instead plans to run track at South Carolina. Linebacker Joshua Thorne has a scholarship offer from Maine, while tight end Valshawn Williams and Adam Coles are being recruited by FCS programs. Defensive back Tavon Young previously committed to play for Temple.

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