After cornerback Darnell Savage ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds during one of Maryland’s prospect camps last summer, the team sent him an offer that same day. Almost a year later, the cornerback from Caravel Academy in Bear, Del., has repaid Maryland for its unwavering interest.

Savage becomes the latest commit for the Terps, a team that maintained contact with him throughout his recovery from a broken leg, which ended his season during the second game of his junior year. That loyalty was a significant factor in his decision.

“They’ve been with me for the entire recruiting process,” Savage said. “When I was there it just felt like it was home and everything just felt real good.”

The three-star recruit is the 14th player to join Maryland’s 2015 class, as the team looks to bolster its cornerback unit.  Savage was a critical piece of Caravel’s state championship season in 2012. He had 13.6 yards per carry and 20 touchdowns as a running back, and four interceptions and 27 tackles as a cornerback.

Maryland had been in contact with 5-foot-10, 172-pound standout during his sophomore year, and after impressing coaches during its prospect camp, Savage received an offer. Though the leg injury kept him off the field this past season, he has worked tirelessly, Caravel coach John Reed said, to come back even stronger.      

“He’s probably never worked harder in his life than he has since the break,” Reed said. “He’s the first one in the weight room and the last one out.”

Now Savage feels even better than he did before his injury, he said, and he hasn’t lost any of the speed and agility that made him such a threat during his sophomore year. With one more year before he joins the Terps, Savage hasn’t decided on a major yet, but the loyalty they have shown throughout his recovery process helped him make his football-related decision.   

“They were there for him during his break and after his break,” Reed said. “There’s been a lot of loyalty on both ends.”

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