Junior college lineman Larry Mazyck will not enroll at the University of Maryland after failing to meet academic benchmarks set for admission, an individual with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
After signing his national letter of intent in December, Mazyck was expected to arrive in College Park for the spring semester, but instead remained at home in the District, where he attended Friendship Collegiate Academy. In February, a source close to Mazyck at Iowa Western Community College said the only holdup was a transcript delay that caused him to miss an early enrollment date, but underlying academic issues, the first source said, ultimately sealed his fate.
A first-team all-American at Iowa Western, the 6-feet-7, 340-pound tackle was expected to challenge for playing time at Maryland, where the Terrapins have experienced offensive line issues over the past several seasons. But they have returned all but one starter from 2013 and also welcome highly touted recruits Derwin Gray and Damian Prince. Mazyck initially committed to Maryland in 2011 before prepping at Fork Union and playing at New Mexico under current Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.
Mazyck is rated a three-star recruit by 247sports.com. He would have been a junior, but instead leaves the Terps at 87 scholarships (by our count, assuming linebacker Abner Logan returns from his suspension for the summer, which is expected), two above the NCAA limit.