Hawks' Cierski commits to Maryland

College scouts didn't get to see as much of Tyler Cierski last season as they, and he, would have liked.

The Mill Creek fullback missed half of his junior football season with injuries, but it didn't slow down his recruiting too much. Interest picked up heavily of late for Cierski and the rising senior didn't take long to find the right school.

Cierski called Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen on Sunday night with a commitment.

"I liked everything about Maryland," said Cierski, who has family in New York and Maryland. "The campus was nice. The school's great. The facilities are amazing. The coaching staff is really experienced. And the success of the program was big, too."

The Terrapins have recruited seriously in Georgia since hiring Friedgen, a former Georgia Tech assistant coach. They have signed a Gwinnett player each of the past two seasons in Norcross' D.J. Adams and Max Garcia.

Maryland also still uses the fullback, a position that is regularly scrapped these days as teams use the spread offense.

"It was definitely unique (being a fullback recruit)," Cierski said. "I had to do a lot of research and make sure the schools I liked use the fullback."

Maryland was one of those schools that can use a runner like Cierski, a two-year starter at running back with bruising power and deceptive speed. He runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-1, 250 pounds, while posting big lift numbers (300-pound bench, 340 clean, 565 squat).

He rushed for 424 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore, but his breakout junior season never happened as he was limited by injuries to 329 rushing yards and four TDs.

"I thought (the injury-plagued season) would hurt (my recruiting)," Cierski said. "I expected to go to a bunch of (college) camps this summer but now I don't have to do that."