Prep football: Naples' Lukas Foreman, Lely's Makinton Dorleant sticking with Maryland

Naples High Lukas Foreman makes an interception during the third quarter of  the South Fort Myers-Naples Class 3A regional semifinal Friday, Nov. 26 at Naples High School. Lexey Swall/Staff

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Naples High Lukas Foreman makes an interception during the third quarter of the South Fort Myers-Naples Class 3A regional semifinal Friday, Nov. 26 at Naples High School. Lexey Swall/Staff

Torrey Campbell, DB, Barron Collier (Iowa)

Makinton Dorleant, DB, Lely (Maryland)

Mo Farah, OL, Estero (FAU)

Lukas Foreman, Naples, DB, Naples (Maryland)

Jeff Heuerman, TE, Barron Collier (Ohio State)

Anthony Spano, OL, Gulf Coast (Marshall)

Sammy Watkins, WR, South Fort Myers (Clemson)

Lely's Makinton Dorleant (7) leaps for a catch as Naples wide receiver Thomas Martin (9) tries to stop him during the first half of the Naples-Lely Coconut Bowl football game Friday, Oct. 15 at Lely High School.

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Lely's Makinton Dorleant (7) leaps for a catch as Naples wide receiver Thomas Martin (9) tries to stop him during the first half of the Naples-Lely Coconut Bowl football game Friday, Oct. 15 at Lely High School.

— Two of Collier County's top high school football recruits are sticking with their verbal commitments to Maryland, even though they'll be playing for a different coach than expected.

Naples High's Lukas Foreman and Lely's Makinton Dorleant committed to the Terrapins in December, a week before Ralph Friedgen was fired. There was speculation that former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach would replace Friedgen, but Maryland hired Connecticut's Randy Edsall last week.

As defensive backs, though, Foreman and Dorleant were more concerned with who would be the defensive coordinator than the head coach. When it was announced that Don Brown, who recruited both Collier County players, would remain with the Terrapins, Foreman and Dorleant decided they would too.

“(Brown) is the one who was really recruiting me since I was a sophomore,” said Foreman, a 6-foot-2 safety. “That's what made my decision. If he left, I wouldn't go there.”

Brown was in Naples earlier this week, and met with Foreman and Dorleant at their respective schools. He let the players know he was returning, and the seniors then reiterated their commitment to Maryland.

“Nothing's changed for me,” Dorleant, a 5-11 cornerback, said. “My decision was based on Coach Brown. If we was gone, it might have changed things.”

A different coaching change this week caused another of the area's high-profile recruits to go back on his college choice. South Fort Myers defensive back Dallas Crawford decommitted from Michigan after the Wolverines fired Rich Rodriguez.

Over the holiday break, Rutgers became the sixth school from a Bowl Championship Series conference to offer Dorleant a scholarship. While he appreciated the offer, Dorleant told Rutgers he was going to wait and see what happened with the Terrapins' coaching staff.

Now that Brown will be back, Dorleant is set on Maryland.

“I'm shutting down my recruitment until signing day,” the Lely standout said. “I'm still signing with Maryland. It's where I want to play, where my heart's at.”

The first day high school seniors can sign national letters of intent to play college football is Feb. 2, referred to as national signing day.

Neither Dorleant or Foreman has spoken with Edsall, but the new Terps coach is familiar with Foreman. While Edsall was with Connecticut, the Huskies were one of four BCS teams to offer Foreman a scholarship.

Although he hasn't met with the Maryland coach, Foreman is impressed with what Edsall did at Connecticut. In 12 years at the school, Edsall took the Huskies from a Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) team to Big East champion this year, when Connecticut played in the Fiesta Bowl.

“I don't know too much about (Edsall),” Foreman said, “but I know he turned UConn into a BCS team. That's pretty good.”

Connect with Adam Fisher at naplesnews.com/staff/adam_fisher.

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