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FREDERICK — E.J. Donahue is in the midst of recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament suffered during a lacrosse incident this spring. Despite undergoing rehabilitation and physical therapy, Donahue's recruitment isn't slowing down.
Committed to Maryland since October 2013, the four-star offensive guard has had a few other programs try to change his commitment, but Donahue has stuck with his pledge.
"I like that the program has a bunch of kids from around the area that just stayed home," Donahue said. "I think coach [Randy] Edsall knows what he's doing and is turning the program around."
Donahue has other offers from Florida State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Old Dominion and Rutgers.
A change in personnel prompted some uncertainty in Donahue's commitment status. Since taking over Tom Brattan as offensive line coach at Maryland, Greg Studrawa quickly has formed a strong relationship with Maryland's only commit in the class of 2015.
"He's just really happy to have me on board," said Donahue. "He's just sort of a crazy guy. He's always excited. He's been excited about having me and just getting things started."
After undergoing surgery March 25, Donahue is already a month ahead of schedule with his rehab process, and the goal is to be back by midseason. Before his injury, Donahue was reporting strong numbers in the weight room, claiming a 420-pound bench press, 610-pound squat, and 370-pound hang clean.
The defending national champs continue to stay after Donahue. After offering in February, Florida State recently came by this spring to see the 6-foot-5, 335-pound lineman.
"They're BCS champs," said Donahue. "That's a great thing. Florida State, just the name of it — their new uniforms, I really like those. I really hit it off with the new offensive line coach [Rick Trickett]. They just always have a really good offensive line. There's a lot of great five-star players going there. There's always a lot of potential."
Like Florida State, Wisconsin has been trying to flip Donahue for a few months now. The nation's 20th-ranked offensive guard visited Madison last summer for camp and plans to do the same in June.
"Wisconsin's pretty cool," he said. "I really liked it when I went there. I liked the offensive line coach [T.J. Woods] and just learning about the offensive line. Rob Havenstein went here and I talked to him. They're always known for their offensive line, that's a plus. I like them."
Wake Forest, Miami and Penn State are some of the schools expressing interest in Donahue at this time.
If the Nittany Lions offer, they could be a game-changer in this recruitment.
"If I can get an offer from Penn State, that would be great," he said. "I went there for a camp and I just really liked the offensive line coach. I really like James Franklin. He's doing a great job. I like the the fan base. There's a lot of Penn State fans. It's packed every game. They have a lot of good players."
Donahue added that he'd like to pick up offers from Ohio State and Michigan State as well.
With his summer more open now that his football activities have been limited, Donahue plans to visit a few programs in the coming months.
"I definitely want to go down to Florida and check out Florida State and Miami," he said. "Then probably just Wisconsin and Penn State again."
Donahue won't make a final decision until after his season. In order, he listed Maryland, Penn State, Florida State and Wisconsin as his top four choices.
Discussing his commitment status to Maryland, Donahue admittedly has been thinking about opening things up.
"I've been thinking about that a lot," he said. "I know I made a mistake by committing there early. I just got caught up in the moment. I'm not sure what I'm going to do."
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