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Danny O'Brien is contemplating life after Maryland

Danny O’Brien hasn’t made his decision final yet, but the Maryland quarterback is serious enough about exploring options beyond Maryland that he’s already thinking about where else he’s likely to end up.

According to those familiar with his thinking, O’Brien would like to play at a school in a good conference that could use an established quarterback and runs a variation of the pro-style offense such as the West Coast offense.

Maryland fits that bill, and O’Brien – who was one of the first team leaders to renew his allegiance to the Terps after coach Ralph Friedgen was dismissed – does not want to disparage Maryland or its coaches. He doesn’t want to appear ungrateful even if he believes Maryland – which has had three offensive coordinators in three years – may no longer be the right fit.

Other schools fit all or most of  O’Brien’s criteria as well – Wisconsin, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Michigan State.

Vanderbilt, of course, is coached by former Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin, an O’Brien favorite.

The Internet chatter over O’Brien was overwhelmed Friday night by the announcement that  Stefon Diggs – one of the nation’s most highly-coveted wide receivers – had signed a national letter of intent to attend Maryland.

It’s not known whether Diggs’ arrival will factor into O’Brien’s decision.

O’Brien will graduate this spring – there has been some media back ad forth about this – and so he could enroll in a graduate program and play right away. He’ll have two remaining seasons of eligibility.

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