Ian Evans committed to Maryland last spring with little fanfare.
But for the Hammonton, N.J., defensive end -- whose stock has risen since making the commitment -- picking a college was a monumental event. The Press of Atlantic City profiled Evans earlier this week.
"I never thought I'd go to college," he said.
His mother Doreen Lynch is determined not to let him squander the opportunity.
"I'm a single parent," she said. "I would never be able to do this for him. Maryland is really great school. It's a great opportunity. I feel like I hit the lottery."
The end utilizes both his strong upper body and his advanced technique to shed blockers and get to the football in a hurry when it is coming his way. He is quick and aggressive to the ball when it is moving on the opposite side of the field, which is often. Evans helped Hammonton to a 9-3 record and a trip to the South Jersey, Group 3 final last year, where it fell to Shawnee of Medford. Committed to Maryland.• Maryland quarterback recruit Devin Burns has had a strong start to his senior season, according to Carver (Ga.) coach Dell McGee in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.
Burns has since accepted a scholarship offer from Maryland and has played well for Carver. Through the first two games he has completed 14-of-18 passes for 232 yards.
"Devin's been pretty consistent the first two weeks," said McGee, who takes his flu-riddled team to Northside-Warner Robins on Friday. "He's thrown the ball well and done of good job of running the offense and getting the ball to the right people. He's a good player."
Linemen David Mackall, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end, and Tyson Chandler, a 6-6, 340-pound offensive tackle, conclude the big men in the top 10, checking in at No. 7 and No. 10, respectively. Each is attending Fork Union.
"Mackall is still learning the game, but he has tremendous upside as a pass rusher," [Mike] Farrell said of the Maryland commitment. "
Havenstein, the All-Met lineman, and Zwinak, rated by some as the nation's top high school fullback, both plan official campus visits to College Park in December. Lancers Coach Rick Conner said it was his understanding Maryland coaches hope to make a big splash by bringing several top recruits to campus and get them to commit.
That said, the Terrapins certainly will face a challenge as both players plan to use their full complement of five college-paid visits.
He told ESPN affiliate Web site DuckTerritory.com before the announcement, "I'm a Duck. I'm so excited to get there and hear all them crazy fans up there. Not many people where I'm from get to say I played for Oregon. It's a privilege and I'm just so excited."
This weekend should feature Michigan's first group of official visitors of the 2010 class. Millersville (Md.) Old Mill's Josh Furman (6-3, 195 pounds) is scheduled to make this weekend's trip to Michigan for his official visit. Furman is a three-star player according to Rivals.com and ranked as Maryland's ninth-best prospect for the 2010 class.
Recruitniks might recognize the name Wujciak as Connor's older brother, Alex was a standout linebacker for SHP before moving onto the University of Maryland on a full scholarship. It comes as no surprise that the Terrapins are among those active early in Connor's recruitment.
"I have no favorites although Boston College, Maryland, and Rutgers have offered me and Notre Dame, Penn State, Wisconsin and Pittsburgh have been in touch," said Wujciak of his recruitment.
• Programming note: I'll post a weekly basketball recruiting roundup on Saturday.