Marty Costes battered Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference pitching last season, his first after being home schooled.
The junior's performance in the tough MIAA was apparently enough to convince Maryland coach John Szefc that the Archbishop Curley infielder should be a Terp.
Costes, now a senior, orally committed to play baseball at Maryland on Friday, the day he was offered a full scholarship.
"I like the philosophy of the coaching staff," Costes said on Sunday. "Me and the assistant coach [Rob] Vaughn, we gelled right away. I'm very fond of his techniques and ... how he runs things. I think I’m going to fit in well there."
An All-Metro second-team selection last season, Costes led the MIAA in home runs, RBIs and batting average. He also plays football and basketball for the Friars.
A former Poly student, Costes transfered to Curley last year and said he had little difficulty adjusting to the MIAA's level of play. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound slugger had spent summers playing for the Parkville Bulldogs, a club team.
"I think it was smooth adjustment for me," Costes said. "I think I've been playing top level ball before that."
Costes' performance resulted in interest from Towson and Navy, too, but Costes said he felt most comfortable in College Park. He said Terps coaches told him he might play the outfield in his freshman season in order to get some at-bats.
That's fine with Costes, who said he would feel comfortable hitting anywhere in the lineup and has an "all-around type of game."
"I can hit for power, for average, steal bases," he said. "I'm pretty much the total package."
Costes said his first official visit to Maryland will come on Nov. 15, when he and other recruits will attend the Terps football team's game against Michigan State.
Curley baseball finished 17-11 last season and lost to Archbishop Spalding, 3-2, in the conference semifinals. Costes drove in the game's first run with a third-inning single.