- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 25, 2006


If two consecutive losing seasons weren’t enough, Maryland’s football program was dealt another blow yesterday. Blue-chip offensive lineman Antonio Logan-El verbally committed to Penn State over Maryland, Florida and Tennessee on ESPN News.

The 6-foot-4, 307-pounder from Forestville High School is rated as the fifth-best offensive guard prospect in the country and the No. 58 player overall by Rivals.com and was a major target for the Terrapins. Logan-El played offensive tackle and middle linebacker at Forestville but is expected to be a guard with the Nittany Lions.

Logan-El originally gave a verbal commitment to Maryland when he was a sophomore. His commitment to Penn State means seven of the top 11 players on Rivals.com’s preseason Maryland top 25 list will head north to Happy Valley.

Gwynn Park defensive lineman Phillip Taylor, the last of the top players in the state to commit, also chose Penn State over Maryland yesterday. Logan-El and Taylor’s commitments came on the same day Pennsylvania quarterback Pat Devlin, rated No. 5 in the country at his position by Rivals.com, reneged on his commitment to Miami and pledged his services to Joe Paterno and the Nittany Lions.

Jon Siegel

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