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River Hill's Coale Coming On Late

When Max Coale began high school, he appeared headed for a Division I lacrosse scholarship. Now, the River Hill senior might be playing BCS conference football next year.

After throwing himself into the football recruiting cauldron for the first time this past spring, Coale, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound lineman who is also a National Merit Scholar, started getting contacted by schools in the Ivy and Patriot leagues. Princeton and Colgate interested him the most.

Suddenly, though, according to River Hill Coach Brian Van Deusen, interest in Coale from higher-profile programs has spiked in just the past two weeks. Maryland and Michigan State, Van Deusen said, have shown the most interest, with Terrapins recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo asking Van Deusen earlier this week for more highlight tape of Coale. Stanford and Duke have also called about Coale.

"It really has come on all of sudden" Van Deusen said. "He was always focused on the Ivys because of his academics, but now he might have more choices."

Given his size, Coale was an intimidating defender on the lacrosse field. That, however, was also a good frame to develop into a football lineman. During Coale's sophomore year, he earned a starting spot on the Hawks' offensive line. Since then, River Hill hasn't lost, winning consecutive Maryland 2A titles, and Coale has discovered how much he enjoyed playing football.

"Early on he had more success playing lacrosse," Van Deusen said, "but after his sophomore year, he started to realize the potential he had as football player."

By Alan Goldenbach  | October 7, 2009; 10:29 PM ET
Categories:  Football, River Hill  
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