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Maryland Adds Two Locals

Big day over at Maryland, where the Terrapins picked up two verbal commitments from local players - DeMatha lineman Pete DeSouza and C.H. Flowers linebacker Lorne Goree.

DeSouza, who is 6-5 and 310 pounds, chose the Terrapins over offers from Syracuse and Delaware, with Rutgers showing lots of interest, according to DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor.

"It happened this morning. We're going to go over and shake hands with Ralph [Friedgen] on Monday. The family just felt it was the best thing to do. He went back and forth and wasn't sure. I talked to his mother Wednesday and she said she wanted Maryland but she wanted to make sure Pete wanted it. And then I talked to him this morning."

As for other DeMatha players, McGregor said that linebacker Raheem Cardwell visited Syracuse this week and is expected to visit East Carolina this weekend, holding offers from both. Quarterback Tom Chroniger will visit Eastern Michigan this weekend after returning from a visit to Pittsburgh without a scholarship offer, though it isn't out of the question.

"They were having a 7-on-7 camp today and they wanted to see a couple quarterbacks today," McGregor said. "They said they like him a lot and he's high on their board, but they wanted to see a couple guys today. Dunbar is up there in the 7-on-7."

McGregor added that touted running back Jeff Knox, a rising junior, has transferred from Pittsburg Central Catholic.

As for Goree, the 6-2, 210-pounder had nearly 10 offers, including West Virginia, Illinois, Syracuse, Michigan State and East Carolina after his first season at Flowers.

"I talked to him yesterday afternoon at workouts and he was talking about committing because he had been to most of the places and been to Maryland a couple times," Flowers Coach Mike Mayo said. "He really liked Maryland from the beginning. He was pretty solid that he didn't want to drag it out."

Mayo said that Maryland also is interested in linebacker Brandon Killebrew, though he has yet to receive any scholarship offers. "He went up there the other day," Mayo said. "They wanted to get [Goree] out of the way first."

Defensive backs Dwayne Powell and Nigel Rios have a few offers from schools in the Mid-American Conference, Mayo said, and plan to visit West Virginia later this week.

By Josh Barr  | June 20, 2008; 4:58 PM ET
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