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Posted at 2:51 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

Maryland offers Quince Orchard LB Alex Twine

By Josh Barr

It was a big morning for Quince Orchard linebacker Alex Twine, who could be close to making his college choice and staying close to home after picking up a scholarship offer from Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen.

Previously, Twine had been offered scholarships by James Madison, Massachusetts, Delaware, Towson and Maine. Nothing to sneeze about, but the 6-foot, 210-pound senior was hoping for more when he traveled from Gaithersburg to College Park to meet with Friedgen. Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini reports that Friedgen offered his standout player a scholarship. Twine had 52 tackles this past season (18 for loss), forced four fumbles and intercepted three passes as the Cougars advanced to the Maryland 3A West Region final.

Earlier in the week, Twine was not overly optimistic. He had been to Maryland a few other times and had yet to receive a scholarship offer. It was clear the Terrapins preferred other players; if they could not secure commitments from enough of their top choices, then perhaps they would offer a scholarship to Twine.

"I've been down there a few times and they've been up to talk me, it's just a matter of whether guys are going to commit or if they're going to have a spot for me," Twine said.

Twine also was concerned that Maryland would want him to grayshirt, deferring enrollment until January 2012 because they did not have enough scholarships available. By enrolling then, he could count against the class of incoming freshmen in 2012.

By Josh Barr  | December 9, 2010; 2:51 PM ET
Categories:  Football, Maryland, Quince Orchard  
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