Last year, University of Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin gave then City wide receiver Adrian Coxson an open invitation to visit College Park whenever he wanted during the recruiting process.

Coxson flirted with the Terps but eventually signed with the University of Florida.  After a couple weeks in the program, the 6-foot-1, 195 pound receiver decided that he wanted to be closer to home.

After being granted his release from the Gators, Coxson decided to return home and play for the Terps.

“Coach Franklin was really excited,” said  Coxson.  “I don’t think that he thought that it was for real.  But they are very excited.”

Coxson was a coveted recruit during his senior year at the East Baltimore school.  By season’s end, he found himself on the ESPNU Top 150 list for the Class of 2010 with over a dozen of scholarship offers.

On Saturday, Coxson is scheduled to head down I-95 to make things official. He will meet with the Terps staff, sign papers and should begin classes on Tuesday.

“I think Maryland will be a better place for me because it’s a great environment,” he said. “They have great coaches who care about their team as if they were their own children.”

He added: “I think it’s going to feel great to play in front of all the people who love me [family and friends]. I believe more Baltimore people will attend Terps games.”

Coxson will have to redshirt this season but will have the chance to learn the offense, learn from junior Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver in college football) nominee Torrey Smith and make an impact next season.

The Terps are hoping that landing a prized recruit like Coxson from in state will land other players from the state of Maryland.