November 15, 2009

Terps lead for junior RB

Though the 2009 campaign has not gone as Maryland fans hoped it might have, the Terrapins have some good news on the recruiting front.

Earlier this year Maryland became the first school to extend an offer to Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle junior running back Jamal Abdur-Rahman. To this date they are still the only school that has offered, and all of that early attention appears to be paying off.

La Salle defeated Cardinal O'Hara in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night, so Abdur-Rahman's season will last for at least one more week. On the year he has rushed for more than 700 yards with 12 touchdowns, despite only playing in six games.

He suffered a knee injury during the second game of the year, and that caused him to miss the third and fourth contests of 2009. He came back and played strong, so his stock as a recruit has not faded one bit.

"I haven't got any other offers, but other than Maryland I've been talking to Rutgers, Pitt and UConn. There are some others, but I can't remember all of them.

"Maryland has been in contact with me. I couldn't make it out there because my schedule conflicted with theirs this whole season."

Abdur-Rahman was not able to visit any schools this year, so he will have his work cut out for him in 2010 if he decides to tackle the recruiting process with a head of steam.

"I guess since Maryland offered me they're my number one (school)," he continued. "I have an open mind about everything. The biggest thing for me is going to be who shows they're the most interested in me. Maryland has been on me since the start of the season and that's why I like them a lot."

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