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Dorleant 'stunned' about Don Brown's departure

Two days ago, Makinton Dorleant faxed his letter of intent to the Maryland football offices.

Today, the senior cornerback from Lely High in Naples, Fla., found out that Don Brown, the Terps’ defensive coordinator and his primary recruiter, was leaving College Park to take the same position at Connecticut. The news left Dorleant “really stunned.”

“He was the biggest reason I was going to go and play there,” Dorleant said. “If he made the decision a week before Signing Day, I definitely wouldn’t be going to Maryland. And I mean, there’s nothing I can really do now.”Dorleant was one of four Florida players recruited by Brown that signed with Maryland on Wednesday. Dwyer defensive tackle Keith Bowers, Felix Varela safety Undray Clark and Naples safety Lukas Foreman were the others.

Brown was the first college coach who communicated with Dorleant when the three-star prospect withdrew his commitment to Wisconsin in December. Dorleant cited Brown in a January interview as the primary reason he committed to the Terps. He liked the former UMass coach’s personality and defensive scheme.

“The school and everything was a big part [of my commitment], too,” Dorleant said. “I really liked his defensive scheme. He knew everything about me and my style of play. Me going and competing, it made me feel like I had a good chance to play early. Now somebody else is going to come in that I don’t know, and I most likely won’t know. It’s going to be a big change. But I’m just going to keep competing harder and harder.”

Dorleant said he wasn’t sure of his next step, noting that “there’s no more decommitting -- the paper is faxed and everything.” The immediate reaction for Dorleant was disappointment and confusion over Brown's decision.

“I guess it’s probably more [about] business, doing what he has to do,” Dorleant said. “I would never see that happening. Coach Brown and Coach [Randy] Edsall basically switched – it’s kind of weird. But I’m a young student athlete, and I’ve always dreamed of playing college football. Yeah, it’s a big change, it’s a big surprise. But I’m still going to perform and do what I want to accomplish. He’d probably wish me the best of luck and I wish him the best of luck.”

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