By Ryan Hood, The Baltimore Sun
11:33 PM EDT, June 15, 2013
HERSHEY, Pa. -- Many high school graduates spend their final night before college with family and friends.
The five Terrapins-to-be on the Maryland team in Saturday night's Big 33 Classic spent theirs where they'll be for much of the next 4 to 5 years: on a football field.
The Maryland team's 58-27 loss to Pennsylvania in the annual high school all-star game marked the end of a life chapter for Shane Cockerille (Gilman), Milan Collins (Bishop McNamara), Elvis Dennah (Annapolis Area Christian), DeAndre Lane (Catonsville) and Jaquille Veii (The Avalon School).
The next begins this morning, as the five report to College Park for Terps coach Randy Edsall's summer training program.
"I'm excited that I'm moving on to another part of my life, but at the same time, this is the first time I'm actually going to be on my own," said Lane, a running back from Catonsville.
Lane said Edsall's staff might convert Catonsville's all-time leading scorer to the slot receiver position. The shifty, 5-foot-8 Lane displayed soft hands and a glimpse of his potential in the slot during the second quarter Saturday night.
Cockerille connected with Lane between the hash marks for a completion, setting up an 11-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Levere (Calvert Hall) on the following play.
Cockerille's completion to Lane on a fourth-down out route prolonged the Maryland squad's next touchdown drive. Two plays later, a 17-yard Cockerille completion to Lane gave the Maryland team a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
"DeAndre is a great player, we mesh real well," Cockerille said. "DeAndre is a playmaker."
The two became friends prior to Big 33, but that friendship grew as the players practiced during the day and spent time together afterwards.
"We're only going to get closer as the years go on, so it's cool that we have a connection now," Lane said.
Lane's freshman year roommate at Maryland will be Veii, a defensive back. Veii was one of three Terps recruits in the secondary for the Maryland squad.
Teammates last night, Veii will be competing against Collins and Dennah for playing time beginning Sunday.
"We were competing at each other all throughout the week," Veii said. "It's just going to be more of this [competition] and we'll get ready to do it for four more years.
"We built a great bond with each other here, we're like brothers now. We weren't brothers before but we are now."
Per NCAA guidelines, Edsall was prohibited from attending Saturday night's game.
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