Terps go big with 2014 commit Mazyck

Terps go big with 2014 commit Mazyck
August 25, 2013, 11:45 pm
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Edsall, Brown ready to put last season behind them

Jesse Aniebonam's commitment to Maryland on Friday night did the most to help the Terps' 2014 recruiting class so far.

But on Sunday, Maryland secured another verbal pledge. And this one is literally bigger.

Larry Mazyck, a 6-7, 340-pound offensive tackle from Iowa Western Community College, has committed to Maryland and will have two years of eligibility remaining when he gets to College Park, the IWCC program confirmed via Twitter.

Mazyck's story is a complicated one.

He is a Washington D.C. native, having played football at Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) and Fork Union (Va.). He originally committed to Maryland but never signed, eventually ending up at New Mexico with now-Terps offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

Mazyck played one season at New Mexico and saw time in seven games as a reserve. Locksley was fired from New Mexico in 2011 and Mazyck transferred to Iowa Western. 

Iowa Western also happens to be the former junior college of current Maryland wide receiver Deon Long, who caught 25 touchdowns last season for the Reivers. Backup quarterback Ricardo Young also spent time at IWCC.

Mazyck's commitment is another recruiting victory for Locksley, who has proven to be the most important piece to Maryland's recruiting pitch, especially when it comes to players with local roots.

Iowa Western won its season opener, 24-17, on Saturday over Trinity Valley.