In a search for its next ‘franchise’ quarterback, the Maryland coaching staff has targeted a prospect from an area the Terps don’t normally do a lot of recruiting. But while one might thing that all-America caliber prospect Tate Forcier of Scripps Ranch High in San Diego is a longshot to come all the way to the East Coast to play for Maryland, that appears to be anything but the case.
“I know Maryland has a great football program and great coaches who are the type I get along with, so they’re definitely at the top of my list,” said Forcier, a 6-foot-1, 187-pounder who is among the top quarterback prospects in the nation in 2009.
“I know that they like to throw the ball and I talked to coach Friedgen. He seems like a high-energy kind of guy. I know they’re not afraid to start a young quarterback because coach [James] franklin started a freshman at Kansas State. So I know I can go in and play as long as I’m mentally and physically prepared.”
Forcier has outstanding junior film and statistics. Last fall he completed an eye-popping 77 percent of his pass attempts for 2,387 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. A dual-threat quarterback, he also rushed 66 times for 733 yards and six scores. So it’s no surprise he already holds a dozen offers -- Arizona, Auburn, Iowa, Kansas, LSU, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Oregon, Penn State, Stanford, Virginia and Wisconsin – with several more schools likely to offer soon.
His plan is to visit every school that has offered this spring and hopefully make an early commitment.
“My plan is, and I don’t know if it will happen, but my plan to make a decision by the end of spring and be able to sit back and relax and enjoy my senior year,” he said.
The Terps called him a few weeks ago and let him know a written offer would be in the mail shortly, and he enjoyed chatting with Franklin and Friedgen.
“It was pretty cool for me. I’ll definitely be taking a visit to Maryland, and if Maryland is the place for me, then I’ll commit to Maryland,” he said.
With so many options, it would be easy for a high school junior to feel overwhelmed. But not Forcier.
“It is, but my brother went through the process so I know what to expect going into it,” he said. “The more options, the better.”
He said that if his best option happens to be somewhere far from home, it won’t be an issue.
“It’s tough to leave San Diego, but I’ll go anywhere. A lot of coaches ask me if that’s going to be tough to go East. It is, but there’s a first time for everything, so I’m not going to [focus on location].”
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