Saturday, April 21, 2012

MD picks up commitment from Shane Cockerille (QB)

Cockerille has committed to play for the Terrapins today before the spring game.  He is a 6'2, 205lb dual threat QB who is rated as a 3 star, 78, on ESPN and, high 2 star on 247 sports, and not rated elsewhere.  Out of all schools, he plays for Gilman, which has had 1 commitment to MD in the last 15-20 years.  He is a lefty QB who looks to have a decent arm, check out the throw around the 55 second mark in the video below.

He has also been mentioned as a safety prospect if his QB play doesn't translate to the next level.  He isn't CJ Brown in that he isn't a speedster, but he is more of a Cam Newton type runner who relies on plowing you over.  Disclaimer:  I'm not calling him anywhere near Newtons ability at all.  He has 4.9 speed as of the last junior combine he participated in, which if you want to compare things, is about .3 seconds slower than Andrew Luck.  Many think he will flourish in a zone read or spread scheme where he can take advantage of the speed he has with his legs, which is consistent with what Locksley brings to the table for offensive schemes.

He lists offers from Virginia, MD and Michigan, with high major interest from the likes of Notre Dame, Penn State and Ohio State.

Video link below:

This brings the total commitments to MD in 2013 to 3 if you count Michael Parker.  The school technically hasn't accepted his commitment from what I understand because he has grade issues, or perhaps the scouting services refuse to list it because he doesn't qualify yet.

Overall, this is pretty solid for MD who needs QB depth.  Most college teams run at any time with at least 4 QBs on their roster, while MD going into this year will have 3 scholarship players and 1 walk on.  The bright side of this is that Gilman is no longer feeding the MD hate it seems, which is good because Gilman is generally always one of the better schools in the state for football.  Hopefully now that Cockerille is committed, perhaps he can get in Henry Poggi's ear, who is a 4 star DT with more than 25 high major offers from all of the Big 6 conferences.

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