Meet the Recruit: Larry Mazyck
Commitment Date: August 25, 2013
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
High School: Friendship Collegiate Academy
Prep School: Fork Union Military Academy
Previous College(s): Vanderbilt, New Mexico, Iowa Western Community College
Weight: 340 lbs.
247Sports Rank: #10 JuCo OT, 3-star
ESPN Rank: #12 JuCo OT, 3-star
Rivals Rank: N/A, 3-star OT
Scout Rank: N/A, 4-star OT
40 time: N/A
Other Offers: Arizona State, Iowa, Kansas State
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Larry Mazyck is the only junior college recruit that Randy Edsall and his staff have added to the 2014 class so far. Just like 2013 junior college recruit Deon Long, Mazyck attended both New Mexico and Iowa Western Community College before landing in College Park. They obviously have the same connection to offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who was the head coach at New Mexico while Long and Mazyck were there.
Oddly enough, Mazyck originally committed to Maryland, and was in Ralph Friedgen’s class of 2011. As we all know, Friedgen was fired by the Terrapins, and Mazyck attempted to follow offensive coordinator to Vanderbilt. But his grades were not quite up to snuff, and he was forced to attend Fork Union Military Academy in 2011 (the same prep school that fellow offensive tackle Derwin Gray attended in 2013). He then moved on to New Mexico, and then to Iowa Western Community College.
The first thing that should jump out about Mazyck is his size. He stands a massive 6-foot-8 and weighs 340 pounds. There is a good chance that he can step into a starting spot immediately in College Park, especially with the departure of starting left tackle Mike Madaras. Mazyck is obviously a beast on the offensive line, and uses his size well.
One of the biggest things to watch in spring and fall camp this off-season will be who grabs both offensive tackle spots for the Terps. Last season saw Mike Madaras and Ryan Doyle starting at left and right tackle, respectively. Madaras has since left the program, and Doyle left a bit to be desired. I’d expect Mazyck, due to his size and pass blocking ability, to step into the starting left tackle spot for his remaining two years of eligibility.
Mazyck isn’t the prototypical offensive lineman for Mike Locksley’s offense. Most of the blocking schemes he runs lean more towards a zone-blocking style, which normally requires smaller, more athletic linemen. The Terps have a lot of smaller and athletic linemen, but Mazyck doesn’t exactly fit into that mold. Nevertheless, Locksley obviously couldn’t pass up an opportunity to grab a 6’8″ 340 lb. mammoth lineman who will fit very well against the big defensive lines of the Big Ten.