Line strength

February 04, 2004|By Kevin Van Valkenburg

Maryland addressed depth problems on its offensive and defensive lines with this year's recruiting class. Key linemen expected to sign letters of intent today with the Terps include:

George "Trey" Covington, DE, 6 feet 3, 230 pounds, Eleanor Roosevelt: Covington, who played with Derrick Harvey at Roosevelt, has big-time speed and quickness and blossomed in his senior year, helping him rate as one of the top 100 players in the country, according to Rivals.com. His senior year, he recorded 25 sacks, helping Roosevelt to a 12-1 record, and was named first-team all-state by the Associated Press.

Carlos Feliciano, OL/DT, 6-6, 285, Egg Harbor Township (Elizabeth, N.J.): A two-way starter, Feliciano is a powerful blocker who chose Maryland over Ohio State, Iowa and Virginia, among others, in part because he'll get the chance to play defensive tackle.

Jamie Thomas, OL, 6-4, 320, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.): Thomas' excellent footwork helped him become one of the top offensive linemen on the East Coast. Rated as the 13th-best guard in the country by Rivals.com, Thomas chose Maryland over Notre Dame and Tennessee.

Jared Gaither, DT/OL, 6-9, 300, Eleanor Roosevelt: Though Gaither has played only one year of organized football, his size, quickness and agility (he's also a standout basketball player) made him one of Maryland's top priorities. Gaither, who originally committed to play basketball at South Carolina before deciding to pursue football, picked Maryland over Florida, Georgia, Pittsburgh and Clemson.

Scott Burley, OL, 6-6, 330, Woodlawn: Burley, a first-team All-Metro selection, is regarded as one of the premier run-blockers in the state. He allowed only one sack during his two seasons as a starter. Burley was one of Maryland's earliest commitments, and he chose the Terps over Penn State and Boston College, among others.

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