Porzel: "I am 100 percent Maryland."
Good Counsel running back Caleb Porzel has verbally committed to the University of Maryland, he told TurtleSportsReport's Jeff Ermann this afternoon...
"Yes, I have [committed]," said Porzel, the No. 27 running back in the nation. "Basically, Maryland is home and I feel comfortable with the coaches and the academic advisers."
Porzel, who called and gave the Terps staff news of his commitment this morning, chose Maryland over West Virginia, Illinois, Oregon and Pittsburgh. He was another big score for defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, who recruits the talent-laden Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and has been responsible for major signings like Cameron Chism and Kenny Tate.
"He's a really cool guy. He has a great overall personality. He's very energetic and that's what I like with football coaches. When the coach is yelling, it just hypes me up," Porzel said.
Turtle Sports Report first broke Porzel's name as a major Terps target last September, at the start of a junior year during which he carried 107 times for 967 yards and 16 touchdowns and posted nine receptions for 114 yards. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and averaged 23.8 yards per punt return.
Porzel is also a track standout who has been clocked at 6.46 seconds in the 55 meters and who ran a hand-timed 4.21-second 40-yard dash at Scout.com's Baltimore combine -- beating out touted speedsters like Waldorf's Devon Smith and Virginia wide receiver Logan Heastie, who is the nation's No. 1-ranked wideout. It was likely the fastest time ever clocked at a Scout.com combine, according to analyst Bob Lichtenfels.
"The coaches [at Maryland] said that they don't have the kind of speed I have," he said.
Porzel expects to make an impact without waiting too long, but also is in no rush to get onto the field. At 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, he is muscular but could use some added bulk before breaking into the ACC.
"I told them that I wanted to redshirt and they said that they were fine with me redshirting. So I'm thinking my redshirt freshman year," he said.
At Good Counsel, Porzel is a teammate of all-American linebacker Jelani Jenkins. The two have spoken about playing college ball together, but that's far from etched in stone. Porzel plans to work on him for the Terps.
He's also a long-time friend of Quince Orchard (Md.)standout Travis Hawkins, the sixth-ranked cornerback in the nation. He said he and Hawkins spoke last week about Maryland, with Hawkins trying to convince him to commit to the Terps with him. Porzel, though, wanted to take one more visit to College Park, which he did before deciding to end his recruitment and become a Terp.
He said he expects Hawkins to join him at Maryland, and gave us a scouting report: "He's an athlete. He's good on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball. He's a hitter and a great athlete, and a great person," he said.
Porzel previously made an abrupt commitment to Virginia, but changed his mind shortly thereafter. He said that's not going to happen again.
I feel very comfortable with it and I am 100 percent Maryland."