Eight DeMatha Players Hold U-Md. Offers
It's a busy time at DeMatha, where nine juniors and two sophomores already hold scholarship offers. Most interesting? Eight of those players have been offered by Maryland, Stags Coach Bill McGregor said.
"We've never had anything like this before," McGregor said. "Truthfully, if you get one or two from the University of Maryland, that's a lot."
The Terps last month offered safety Lorenzo Waters (6-1, 197), wide receiver-cornerback Mike Cooley (6-0, 200), running back Marcus Coker (6-1, 220) and lineman Ari Kouandjio (6-5, 310). Then, yesterday, following an open workout in the school gym, Maryland offered four more DeMatha players: offensive lineman Shane Johnson (6-4, 290), wide receiver-defensive back Jeff Knox (6-2, 203) and sophomores Cyrus Kouandjio (6-6, 295, lineman) and Delonte Morton (running back-linebacker).
Cyrus Kouandjio was on the varsity as a freshman but didn't play much. He'll start this season, McGregor said, and now has two scholarship offers, with Maryland joining Pittsburgh.
"Ari can go anywhere, he probably has 30 offers," McGregor said. "Cyrus is bigger, he'll have anything he wants in the whole country. He'll be a national recruit."
Yesterday, Maryland had three coaches and Virginia two at DeMatha's workout, with five other schools also represented. Today, McGregor said, Alabama, California and North Carolina State had coaches in Hyattsville.
Alabama has offered Ari Kouandjio and is interested in Coker and Waters, McGregor said. "I wouldn't be surprised if they both got offers from Alabama, too," he said.
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