Just six months ago, Larry Mazyck suited up for his first high school football game.
Now the 6-foot-7, 320-pound offensive tackle will have his college education paid for thanks to the game. Mazyck, a junior at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, committed to Maryland on Wednesday.
“I think he was leaning toward Maryland before [Wednesday’s] junior day,” said Friendship Collegiate coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. “He’s a kid that pretty much didn’t want to go too far from home. I think location played a factor more than anything else. And Maryland was his first offer. He’s only played one year of high school football, and his stock will rise through the combine process. But I commend the Maryland coaching staff for putting that offer out, because I’m pretty sure a lot more were going to come.”Mazyck’s first love was basketball, but after some encouragement from Abdul-Rahim and others, he decided to try football last fall. The potential Mazyck showed as a junior led to him receiving two early scholarship offers and plenty of Division I interest.
“New Mexico and Maryland were his official offers,” Abdul-Rahim said. “Oregon, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, N.C. State, a lot of them wanted him to come to their camps ... and were pretty much going to offer after that, I think. But the pressure is off him right now.”
Mazyck is an obvious redshirt candidate as a freshman, but Abdul-Rahim said the Maryland staff is excited about his long-term potential. With just one season of football under his belt, it’s safe to expect plenty of improvement in the years to come.
“As far as his size, he’s big enough to play,” Abdul-Rahim said. “He just has to continue to familiarize himself with football and just the mental aspects of the game, because he has all the physical tools. He’s just scratching the surface of his potential. So I really think we’re talking about a kid who, if he plays football in the 9th grade, he’d be a five- or four-star recruit right now. So Maryland is getting a steal.”
Check back with Recruiting Report later this week for more on Mazyck.