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Local Standout Showing Interest in Terps

I borrowed Steinberg's reporter cap last night and spent some time on the phone with Theodore Roosevelt Coach Daryl Tilghman, who said that Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin was at the Northwest Washington school earlier in the day to meet with standout defensive end Darin Drakeford.

Drakeford holds scholarship offers from Maryland and Illinois, with Tilghman expecting an offer from Syracuse on Friday.

"At first, I thought he was lukewarm toward Maryland, but after they talked he kind of had a different look at Maryland and is getting a little more interested," Tilghman said of the 6-1, 210-pound Drakeford, who is projected as a rush linebacker with about 20-25 more pounds on his frame. "I know he's going to their camp this summer."

Tilghman acknowledged that many local players want to go away to school, and that Florida is one school in which Drakeford has interest.

"We contacted them and they want us to send some film out, that was like his dream school," Tilghman said. "But you know how that goes. It depends what their needs are. And it's kind of tough getting into Florida. They don't have to leave the state."

By Josh Barr  | April 30, 2008; 7:21 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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