The University of Maryland continued its recent good fortune of recruiting MIAA baseball players as Loyola’s AJ Lardon has announced his verbal commitment to play for the Terps in 2012.

Lardo joins Calvert Hall’s Matt Bosse and John Carroll’s KJ Hockaday as other MIAA players who have recently announced their intention to play baseball at Maryland.

Lardo is 6-feet-0, 180 pounds and he plays outfield for the Dons.  In two-plus varsity seasons, he has batted .463 with seven home runs and 55 RBI.  He has also smacked nine doubles and nine triples.

“I fell very relieved and I’m very honored to be a part of this organization (Maryland).  It’s D1 baseball, it’s the ACC; it doesn’t get much better than tha.” said Lardo.  “I’m really excited to play with KJ and Bosse, two MIAA guys.  KJ I grew up with.  I’ve been playing with him since I was eight.”

In 2010, he was named to Team Maryland and earned All-MIAA and All-Metro honors.  He was also named an Under Armour Pre-Season All-American and invited to the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars and the Perfect Game National Showcase.

Over the summer he played for the Mid-Atlantic Red Sox, a showcase team, and this fall he will be a member of the Baltimore Orioles Scout Team.

Here is Lardo discussing his decision.