The Maryland football program has enjoyed a phenomenal month on the recruiting trail and now owns a top 30 2015 class. On Thursday, the Terrapins secured a pair of linebacker commitments in Gus Little and Brett Zanotto. Zanotto is a product right out of Big Ten country and is a three-star prospect. He held offers from Eastern Michigan, UMass, Syracuse, Temple, and Toledo. TerrapinStationMD had a chance to speak with Zanotto about his commitment and why Maryland was the right place for him.
“When I visited with my grandparents, the coaches were all very nice and treated my grandparents with a lot of respect. Everybody is excited down there and the family athmosphere is something that made my family and I feel very comfortable.”
Did Maryland’s move to the Big Ten affect your decision at all?
“Obviously it’s exciting to compete against big programs like Penn State and Ohio State. It wasn’t a huge factor, but it’s always nice to compete against big-time programs like that. It’s exciting?”
During your recruitment, what was your relationship like with coach (Randy) Edsall and coach (Brian) Stewart?
“It was pretty good. I met them when I came down on June 7. We got to build a
How do you think you fit in with Maryland’s defensive scheme?
“I think either at the MIKE or the WILL position. I just like to make an impact as early as I can and to help the team out, whether it’s playing special teams or on defense. Whatever they ask. I’m someone that can play sideline to sideline and make a decent amount of tackles”
Are you in contact with any of your fellow 2015 commits?
“I’ve talked to a few of them. I actually met Gus Little down at the Maryland camp on the 7th.”
What do you feel is the strongest aspect of your game as a linebacker?
“Being able to run sideline to sideline and making tackles. Being physical as well.”
What goals do you have for yourself for your senior season?
“Just my team to win a championship. That’s our goal every single year. Doing that would be the best goal we could ask for.
Did proximity play a role in your decision?
“That was a big thing too with only being three and a half hours from Maryland. It’s not very far from the schools on the schedule and my family can come see me play. That was a big part in making a decision.”