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White Chooses Maryland

The following from Post high school reporter Jeff Nelson:

St. John's (D.C.) offensive lineman Peter White signed a letter of intent with Maryland this morning, picking the Terrapins over Miami and Tennessee.

"I'm trying to win a national championship with Maryland, so to do that you've got to bring in the local players," said White, who is 6-foot-5 and 330 pounds. "That's what Florida does. That's what Texas does. Maryland has those type of players and if we all just stay, we'll win the national championship."

As a senior, the All-Met right tackle made 63 pancake blocks to lead the Cadets to their fifth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference playoff appearance.

Many recruiting experts project him as a guard on the college level and ranked him as the nation's 13th-best recruit at that position. He was Rivals' top uncommitted guard entering signing day.

White said Maryland has not told him which position he will play and he has no preference.

"The quickest spot I can play at," he said, "will be my position."

Cadets Coach Joe Patterson said White is versatile enough for either tackle or guard and should be an impact player for Maryland regardless of where he ends up on the line.

"He's a very powerful, explosive player," Patterson said. "He's great using his hands and his hips. And he's a gamer. He'll give you everything he's got every play."

Some perceived Miami as the front-runner for White after he traveled there for a visit this past weekend. But he decided yesterday morning to stay with the program he grew up following.

"I just felt more comfortable at Maryland than any other place," he said. "It was just the right fit for me."

By Matthew Rennie  |  February 4, 2009; 9:57 AM ET
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As a St Johns Alum I couldn't be happier that Big Pete Chose Maryland over the U, it's time Maryland started getting kids to stay in state

Posted by: fzuylen | February 4, 2009 10:23 AM | Report abuse

I went to elementary school with Peter...this guy has grown so much. He's a great guy. Much love from your crew from St. Ambrose, man! Congrats on the good work.

Posted by: StAsKid | February 4, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

White represents the kind of kid we need more of at Maryland. His quote about recruiting locally hits right on the mark.

I hope he has a remarkable career at Maryland.

Posted by: imterpsfan2 | February 4, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

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