Wilde Lake senior Moise Larose orally committed to the University of Maryland on Thursday night, Coach Mike Harrison said. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound lineman had originally pledged to Rutgers in August.

Rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Larose made no secret of his interest in the Terrapins through the recruiting process. Harrison said the Meade transfer initially told him Maryland was his top college choice upon arriving at the Columbia high school last winter.

Larose became more convinced the interest was mutual when Maryland Coach Randy Edsall attended Wilde Lake’s 7-0 win over Reservoir on Sept. 28. The lineman made his most recent unofficial visit to Maryland last month and informed Harrison of his decision to flip his commitment after Thursday’s practice.

Ultimately, Larose cited the chance to play close to home and the school’s highly regarded criminology program, his intended major, as the top factors that influenced the switch.

“He had some soul searching to do,” Harrison said. “He had two really legitimate offers on the table.”

Larose joins Friendship Collegiate’s Derwin Gray as the second local lineman to orally commit to the Terrapins for the Class of 2013, which can become official when players can start signing on Feb. 6.

Larose, a two-way starter for the Wildecats (4-5), ranks third on the team with 51 tackles. He also has recorded five sacks and three forced fumbles, heading into Friday’s season finale against Marriotts Ridge.