Can You Recruit Character?
Tough to do. Especially with the move to recruit more "athletes" off their combine results and less for what they have done on the football field.
That said, score one for Maryland and whoever lands Good Counsel All-Met linebacker Jelani Jenkins. In as tough a situation as they -- and several teammates will face -- Caleb Porzel and Jenkins stayed on the field for several minutes after Saturday night's 34-7 loss to DeMatha in the WCAC title game. While the Stags claimed the championship trophy, Porzel and Jenkins answered every question thrown their way and there were many, as there was a strong media contingent assembled.
Many times, athletes on any level duck out of such situations. I can remember a basketball game in the past few years when one of the Washington area's top players missed a free throw that would have tied the game -- a regular season game, no less -- with less than one second to go. Normally, I don't write about these things or name the players involved, but with a player who has been written about many times and it obviously was the story of the game, I thought it was fair game, only to be told by the player's coach that he didn't want to talk about it. Fair enough, but being able to stand up and calmly talk about these things is a mark of maturity. Porzel, who has committed to Maryland, and Jenkins, sure showed it.
| November 24, 2008; 5:32 PM ET
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