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Shane Cockerille has committed to be a Terrapin.

While the NFL readies for its annual selection event Thursday, three high school football players made their own choices this past weekend.

Maryland received a commitment from instate quarterback Shane Cockerille from Gilman (Baltimore). The Baltimore Sun reported that Cockerille delivered the news in person to Maryland coach Randy Edsall before the program's spring game Saturday.

"I was ready to [commit] when I walked in," Cockerille told the newspaper. "I told coach [Edsall that I was committing] and it put a big smile on his face. He said he was more excited than I was. It feels great. It feels like a relief."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder also had offers from Michigan, Navy, Temple and Virginia, according to the report. Cockerille passed for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for nearly 1,300 more last season as a junior.

Also, two top offensive linemen are set with their commitments.

John Montelus, a 6-5, 315-pound junior from Everett (Mass.), picked Notre Dame after a visit to the campus this past weekend, according to the Boston Herald. He reportedly also had offers from Florida, Ohio State, Nebraska and Southern California, among others.

"I knew right away this was the place I wanted to play at. Committing is a huge weight off my shoulder," Montelus told the newspaper. "I liked the academics and I loved the coaching staff. I can see myself playing here."

Warhill (Williamsburg, Va.) standout Parker Osterloh had two attractive instate options, but ultimately decided to go with Virginia Tech over Virginia. The Daily Press reported the 6-7, 285-pound junior offensive tackle also made his choice while attending the Hokies' spring game.

"It was a very tough decision for me," Osterloh told the newspaper. "I can't say enough about coach (Mike) London (of Virginia) and the program he's building there, but Virginia Tech already has risen to national prominence and they have a strong sciences department."