South Carroll lineman Plummer commits to Maryland

Brian Plummer: “It's like a dream come true for me to be offered and commit to my home team.”

The Maryland 2016 football recruiting class got a dose of local flavor Thursday with an oral commitment from South Carroll junior lineman Brian Plummer. After receiving his official offer Saturday at Maryland's spring game, he didn't wait long to make known his plans to play for the team he grew up watching. "It's like a dream come true for me to be offered and commit to my home team," said the 6-foot-7, 300-pound Plummer. "I'm still kind of letting it sink in." Plummer was an anchor for the line that blocked for Chris Gavin, who broke Carroll County's all-time single-season rushing record and eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in his senior season. Plummer received interest from a number of schools over the past few months, including Clemson, West Virginia, Pittsburgh and Purdue. That list could grow as his senior season approaches. Still, Plummer said despite the fact that it's only an oral commitment to the Terps, he doesn't expect that decision to change. Citing the "DMV to UMD" movement the school has coined in its pursuit of local talent, Plummer becomes the fifth commitment the Terps have secured for next year's class. "I was very impressed by their junior day, their facilities and how they're building their program," he said. "I'm happy to be a part of that." South Carroll finished 6-1 in Carroll County play last season, and 9-4 overall, and lost to Douglass-PG in the state semifinals. With his college decision behind him, Plummer said he still has a few things he'd like to work on before he heads to College Park. "For me personally, my goals are to get stronger and faster," he said. "I'm really excited about next year. I think we have a great group of guys."

— Matt Owings, Baltimore Sun Media Group

NFL: Former Gilman standout Brandon Copeland, a Sykesville native, has signed with the Detroit Lions, according to NFL sources. Copeland visited five teams, including the Lions, and drew interest from a dozen teams, including the Minnesota Vikings and Cincinnati Bengals. The former Ravens linebacker ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at the recent NFL veteran combine.

— Aaron Wilson

Men's college lacrosse: Nicky Galasso scored four goals to power No. 2 host Syracuse (8-1) to a 17-12 decision over No. 9 Albany (7-2). The Orange broke a 4-all tie with a 4-1 run in the second quarter. ... Navy sophomore defenseman Matt Rees (Boys' Latin) was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Women's college lacrosse: No. 6 Northwestern (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) won 23 of 27 draw controls and cruised to a 17-8 victory over host Michigan (5-6, 0-2). Selena Lasota had six goals for the Wildcats. ... Salisbury junior attacker Megan Wallenhorst (Centennial) was named DivisionIII Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Week.

College baseball: Navy's Luke Gillingham (4-1, 23 hits allowed and 78 strikeouts in 502/3 innings, 0.63 WHIP) was named Midseason Pitcher of the Year by ... UMES sophomore Jesse Stinnett was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Men's college golf: Loyola Maryland sophomore Matt Oshrine (Pikesville) was named Patriot League Golfer of the Month.

Women's college volleyball: Coppin State named Kyetta May its new coach. She comes from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which she coached for the past three years. … The American Volleyball Coaches Association has named Maryland assistant coach Adam Hughes a recipient of the "Thirty Under 30" award, given to the top 30 up-and-coming coaches under the age of 30.

Major League Soccer: The Seattle Sounders waived forward Kenny Cooper, the son of former Blast coach Kenny Cooper.

NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Dmitry Orlov from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Baseball: Mitchell Nathanson will discuss his book "A People's History of Baseball" at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.



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