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Terps lose four-star OL signee to academics

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Throughout the offseason, especially as spring bleeds into summer, one of a coach’s biggest worries is a player stepping across the legal line off the field.  Another?  Incoming freshmen falling short in the classroom.

Unfortunately for Randy Edsall, that’s the situation Maryland finds itself in with one of the most touted members of its 2013 recruiting class.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, the Washington Post is reporting that offensive lineman Derwin Gray will not enroll this fall due to academic issues.  What those specific issues were not divulged, although it doesn’t exactly come as a surprise; during his junior season at Washington D.C.’s Dunbar High School, Gray missed all but one game because of academics.

Despite the issues on the student side of the student-athlete equation, Gray was a four-star member of the Terps’ 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the country by  He was also the No. 2 player at any position in the D.C. area.

The source told the Post that Gray will take either the prep school or junior college route in 2013, with the Terps hoping the lineman can get his academic house in order enough to return to the school in 2014.

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5 Responses to “Terps lose four-star OL signee to academics”
  1. seanb20124 says: Jun 26, 2013 9:41 PM

    VT will get this member of mensa

  2. sanduskyshowerboy says: Jun 26, 2013 11:19 PM

    Our academic standards are too high #accproblems

    Our players are too high #secproblems

  3. thegamecocker says: Jun 27, 2013 12:13 PM

    Congratulations to Maryland for standing by its academic standards. In the long run this will pay dividends by attracting true scholar-athletes. This young man will need to learn that academics is an important component if he wants a scholarship. Junior college or a post-HS graduate in a private school to improve his academic ability. Nothing wrong with that.

  4. wustlumdnj says: Jun 27, 2013 2:43 PM

    Let’s not rush to applaud Maryland here – they signed a kid who was academically ineligible throughout his last year of high school. For all we know it is most likely the guy did not qualify with the NCAA and this has nothing to do with Maryland’s academic standards – leaving the Maryland-related fact here that they signed a kid who could not handle passing high school.

    So yes, congratulations to Maryland!

  5. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 28, 2013 1:18 PM

    Not always do players make it to the NFL. Therefore, academics are important. No one seems to say how not playing football in college helps people who are not capable of keeping up academically. He may have been one of those making it to the NFL, but now we will never know. He loses all chances to improve himself and Maryland loses the opportunity to make themselves better at football with his 4* abilities.
    Tell me again who wins here? Hopefully he can play in a Junior College.

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