When a school hires a top assistant coach, they don't just hire an individual. They also hire a system -- a 3-4 in Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Stewart's case -- and a network of contacts.
Former Houston defensive end Zeke Riser played for Stewart with the Cougars, and apparently liked him well enough to want to reunite with him in College Park.
It's worth noting that the paperwork on the 6-4, 255-pound lineman from LaVernia, Texas, has not been completed, so his move to Maryland has not been finalized.
In March, Riser was quoted by ESPN's Big 12 blogger saying how pumped up he was to be transferring to Texas for his final season of eligibility as a walk-on. The blogger said Riser had graduated from Houston after starting 27 games and was therefore eligible to play immediately. I'm not sure what happened there.
The Washington Post's Alex Prewitt tweeted that Riser is siginng a financial aid agreement with Maryland "within next few days."
Riser would add experience to a defensive front that lost Joe Vellano and A.J. Francis from last season.
Score one for Stewart if it all works out. His offensive counterpart, Mike Locksley, has also brought in some players (notably receiver Deon Long and quarterback Ricardo Young) whom he knew before arriving at Maryland.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun