The 2011 football season is still more than a month away, yet the Maryland Terrapins have only ten slots left in their 2012 recruiting class. The Terps received a pledge from Grassfield (Chesapeake, Va.) outside linebacker Avery Thompson today.
Thompson joins Shawn Petty and Brock Dean as linebackers in the class, and is (surprise!) Maryland’s first 2012 commitment from the state of Virginia. Rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals, he does not have a Scout profile as of yet and is unrated by ESPN.
As far as we can tell, Maryland was his only offer, pushing him further into the sleeper category that seems to describe nearly all of the Terps’ 2012 class. His rivals page shows interest from Penn State, UCLA, and Virginia Tech, among others.
Standing at 6’2″ and weighing 195 pounds with 4.6 speed, Thompson might be a candidate for the STAR position or just pure safety. For now, he’s listed as an outside linebacker. Last season, he recorded 113 tackles and two sacks en route to a second-team All-District selection.
After the jump, let’s look at some tape.
Welcome to Terp Nation, Avery.