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Edmondson defensive end David Mackall has a theory about Maryland's recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound player believes the more in-state recruits Maryland lands, the better off the program will be in the long run.

"It's a big thing because for one, when I used to go up to Maryland for the games, the home crowd was into it," Mackall said. "And I feel like if more players come from the same place, it's going to be a better [atmosphere] than if players come from [other areas] ... because I feel you all have to have that friendship and trust."

Earlier last week, Mackall became the ninth Maryland resident to commit to the Terps, picking UM over offers from East Carolina and Eastern Michigan. Georgia, Penn State and Syracuse recently expressed interest.

Edmondson coach Dante Jones said Mackall, who recorded 147 tackles and 13 sacks as a junior, is a "quality kid" who will bring toughness to Maryland's defense.

"He's a big, strong, tough kid that's very physical, very aggressive ... and [he plays with great] passion," Jones said.

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