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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 12/14/2010

QO linebacker Alex Twine commits to Maryland

By Josh Barr

At a time when the recruiting process starts - and finishes - earlier and earlier, Quince Orchard linebacker Alex Twine's story is an anomaly.

Maryland did not start recruiting him in earnest until after the high school regular season concluded in early November. Since then, though, it has been a whirlwind, including a scholarship offer last Thursday, an official visit to College Park this past weekend, and on Tuesday, when Terrapins assistant coach Dave Sollazzo traveled to Darnestown, Twine committed to play for the Terrapins.

"It's a really good feeling," Twine said.

Until late last week, Twine's only scholarship offers were from division I-AA schools. He held out hope that Maryland would present a scholarship offer, but was concerned the Terrapins would want him to grayshirt and enroll in January 2012 because they don't have many scholarships available.

Maryland's scholarship situation could be even further up in the air now that offensive coordinator James Franklin - the team's primary recruiter - has been hired as the head coach at Vanderbilt. Regardless of what recruits stay committed to Maryland or who leaves, Twine will be on the roster this coming fall.

"It's Division I football, the highest level you can go," Twine said. "I think I'm a player that can play at that level. It's big time. It's the ACC. I always had dreams of playing Division I football."

"It's never happened like this," said Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini, who has sent his share of his players onto college, including Maryland lineman Zach Kerr. "I'm happy for the kid and I'm happy for Maryland. They were interested before [the end of the season] but it's just a process they were going through when you have a kid who wasn't previously on your radar. They were very aggressive the last month. I've seen how they recruit. I know when they want a kid."

By Josh Barr  | December 14, 2010; 10:56 AM ET
Categories:  Alex Twine, Football, Maryland, Quince Orchard  
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