Judson Tallandier

6-2 CB Likes the Excitement of Syracuse

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha cornerback Judson Tallandier is beginning a four-school tour in which he will be at ACC, Big Ten and AAC schools.

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Judson Tallandier, the No. 2 cornerback in Maryland, is in the process of making four visits in five days as his recruitment intensifies.

The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha standout is visiting Pittsburgh on Tuesday, and plans on visiting Penn State on Wednesday and attending Rutgers' spring practice opener Thursday. He is also visiting Temple on Saturday.

There are also a handful of schools in contact with Tallandier the most.

"As of right now, probably Syracuse, Rutgers, Pitt, Temple and Maryland," the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Tallandier said.


Tallandier visited West Virginia recently, made a trip to Syracuse, another to Temple and two to Maryland, which is building a strong connection with DeMatha. 

"It's a really special place, especially the DMV to UMD movement," he said. "It's a factor, and that a few of my teammate are going there, it definitely plays a role, too. Maryland is a big family. They make you feel welcome. They make you feel it is the right place to be, and it's a great program as well. It's the Big Ten, and they probably play the most competitive (schedule) in the NCAA."

Syracuse made an impression with Tallandier when he visited, and he echoes the sentiment of many recruits who visit coach Dino Babers' program.

"The environment there was great," he said. "From the moment you walked in to the moment you left, they made you feel like it was the red carpet, literally. You walked in and they had a red carpet, and they had a little camera like you were on the news station. The environment was great."

At West Virginia, which is yet to offer, Tallandier got a behind-the-scenes look at a program he knew for a while. His uncle, Ridwan Malik, played for the Mountaineers.

"They have nice facilities. I love the coaching staff," Tallandier said. "I used to go to (Malik's) games all the time when I was younger. Some of the coaches that coached him are still there. Coach (Tony) Gibson, the defensive coordinator, he was my uncle's safeties coach."

Tallandier is making visits this week for a variety of reasons.

"Pitt was one of my first offers, so I have a lot of love for them," he said. "They have the potential to be one of the best teams in the country, and they're very fond of me at corner and I fit their type of defense. The would put me at corner, or I even could play safety or nickel."

With Penn State situated between Pittsburgh and Rutgers, a stopover makes sense. 

"There's not much to say. It's Penn State," Tallandier said. "Their fan base is great. (Defensive) end Shane Simmons is from DeMatha. I went there in the summer and visited, and it caught my eye so I want to go again and get a better feel."

Rutgers offered Tallandier in February, and getting to campus is important to him.

"It's one of schools that is very interested in me and I haven't been there," he said. "I want to see what life is like over there. I talk to (assistant defensive backs) coach (Henry) Baker all the time, and coach (Chris) Ash. They send me stuff, their workouts, and they've been trying to get me up there for a while.

"I'm not really too knowledgeable about Rutgers so I want to see it."

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