Macedia (Ohio) Nordonia High junior Terek Zingale blocks during a game last season.
Macedia (Ohio) Nordonia High junior Terek Zingale blocks during a game last season. (Teresa V. Zingale)

Terek Zingale had never heard of "The Movement" when he was being recruited by Maryland.

Since committing to the Terps on Saturday, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle from Ohio has become quite familiar with the term, its intended purpose and its de facto leader, four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr.

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"It's exciting," Zingale said.

Zingale said in a telephone interview that he chose the Terps over Illinois, Syracuse and a couple of Mid-American Conference programs after having a conversation with Haskins, the Bullis School star who announced Friday his plans to play for Maryland in 2016.

"I saw that Dwayne had committed, he had all these big offers, Ohio State and Alabama and Florida, and he picked Maryland," Zingale said. "He told me his reasons and that sort of set the switch. Maryland was always my top school since they offered me. When I talked to him I thought, 'That's the place I want to be at.'"

Zingale is hoping to be part of another movement, along with three-star defensive tackle Jeffery Pooler, a fellow Ohioan who announced on Saturday that he is also coming to play in College Park.

Allen Trieu, a Michigan-based national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, said Wednesday that the Terps are setting the foundation for making a push into the Midwest for linemen on both sides of the ball.

"The MAC basically cleans up on these kids from Ohio and Michigan and Indiana every year and a lot of them end up in the pros," Trieu said. "Maryland's not going to go in and challenge Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame and Michigan State right away. These are the kind of kids you need to get. When you take a chance on a kid who's 6-6 and 300 pounds, you might strike gold."

Bill Greene, the Midwest recruiting analyst for Scout.com, said he saw Zingale play his first game as a junior and later watched him during his team's run to the state championship game and couldn't believe it was the same player.

"In August, he was very raw, he was like a good sophomore or an average junior, but the size wasn't going to change," Greene said. "When I saw him later in the year his technique was so much better. He played with more confidence, he was more aggressive, his footwork was better. He's come a long way."

Greene said he can see Zingale's current ranking go up from a two-star to a "high three-star" during his senior year at Macedonia Nordonia High outside Cleveland.

Greene wouldn't be surprised to see more prominent programs such as Michigan State come after Zingale if he continues to improve, though Greene believes Zingale "will be a great fit for Maryland. It's going to look better when schools see him this year. They're going to see a huge difference."

Zingale doesn't seem to mind being off the recruiting radar.

"The whole rating thing doesn't mean much to me, it all comes down to how you play on the field," he said.

Tony Zingale, who played as an offensive guard at a junior college in Iowa, said that the younger of his two sons was a "beanpole" when he started playing football at age seven and has only started to get comfortable with his size the past couple of years.

"I believe in ninth grade he began to understand the game and the emotional level and aggression you needed to play at in order to perform on the field," Tony Zingale said. "Once that he started learning that his size was a huge factor for him, that's when it sunk in and he started taking off."

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The elder Zingale coached his two sons — Tyler, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive tackle who will graduate this spring — until the beginning of high school, starting with agility drills on the front lawn of the family's house.

"We did a lot of body control-type drills, so that they could understand balance," Tony Zingale said. "It's all about speed, agility and balance. Anybody can learn plays."

Terek Zingale, whose mother, Teresa, was a two-sport athlete at Akron, said his father's workouts have served him well.

"Once I'm taught to do something, I practice that and I do my best at it," he said. "I make sure I'm not screwing up and I'm doing my part."

Zingale will now try to do his part in helping get the message out about Maryland, the same one Haskins had for him and others who want to be part of "The Movement."

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