Posted by Bryan Fischer
Things haven't gone too well for Maryland on the field in 2011 but they're hoping the class of 2012 is part of a big turnaround for the program. Tallahassee (Fla.) linebacker Dallas Griffiths believes he can help turn the tide and committed to the Terps this week.
"Well, they really don't have too many people that are vocal on that team, and the coaches want me to come in and be the guy that calls the plays and gets the defense set up and be the centerpiece of that defense," Griffiths told TerrapinTimes.com.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder had a dominating senior season with 167 total tackles and one interception to go with a perfect 13-0 record and a state title. He also held offers from Georgia Tech, Southern Miss and UCF but is firmly committed to what Maryland is doing.
"I really liked the coaching staff, I liked what Coach (Randy) Edsall is establishing there with his program. I liked the fan base, it was great, you could tell they were behind him and the team," he said. "And I saw what he did at Connecticut and I am excited and want to be a part of what he is going to do at Maryland."
Griffiths is the 20th commitment for the Terps' class of 2012 and fifth linebacker.
"Dallas came on strong during the second half of the 2010 season showing terrific lateral agility, the ability to break down in the open field and make plays, decent strength, and shows the ability to effectively drop back into the passing lanes," analyst Tom Lemming said of the linebacker.